This channel includes news and new technology innovations ECG, electrocardiogram systems. These systems are also referred to as EKG, or eletrokardiogram from the original German term, where ECG was first developed. The channel includes news on standard diagnostic ECG systems, ECG management systems, defibrillator-monitors, Holter technology, and remote and wearable ECG patient monitoring.
The Abbott Tendyne transcatheter mitral valve replacement (TMVR) system, left, became the first TMVR device to gain commercial regulatory clearance in the world. It gains European CE mark in January. Another top story in January was the first use of the Robocath R-One robotic cath lab catheter guidance system in Germany. Watch a VIDEO of the system in use in one of those cases.
An example of the new generation of cardiac monitoring device that is replacing Holter monitoring is the Cardea Solo wearable sensor. The FDA-cleared device automatically analyzes data when the device is turned back into the physician's office and automatically produces a draft summary report. This technology can simplify the workflow by eliminating the need for third-party involvement.
This is an example of artificial intelligence automation for cardiac MRI using an AI app from TeraRecon's Envoy AI marketplace. The GE MRI image has been countoured, anatomy labeled and all quantification automated by the AI, greatly reducing post-processing time. See this and other new AI imaging technologies from the 2019 RSNA meeting.
The VidaLink wireless, remote, wearable ECG patch patient monitor. It consisting of reusable wearable electrocardiogram (ECG) sensors and associated software development kit (SDK). The sensor platform gives developers and providers direct control over data, and represents the first of its kind to receive FDA clearance. Photo of the device on display at HIMSS 2019. Photo by Dave Fornell.
The Medicalgorithmics PocketECG Holter monitor offers real-time, remote, wireless ECG recording and tracking. Real-time data review may be able to help diagnose an arrhythmia quickly, reducing the amount of time the patient needs to be monitored. Also, 24/7 data offers a more complete picture of the patient's health, rather than fragments of data from older Holter and event monitor systems.
An example of the new generation of inexpensive, wearable cardiac monitors that are seeing increased usage. This is the Cardiac Insight Cardea Solo device. After the monitoring period is over, the wearable patch is torn open to retrieve a data pod that is inserted into a reader to download the data. The software automatically creates reports based on the data, complete with waveforms for various cardiac measures.