cardiac telemetry

By Jonah Comstock September 15, 2015
The ACT device paired with a previous phone. LifeWatch, a Swiss remote cardiac monitoring company that has been connecting to mobile phones since 2009, has received FDA clearance for a new version of its Ambulatory Cardiac Telemetry (ACT) system that will run on Android devices. Currently, the system runs on Microsoft Windows phones. Patients use the mobile software to answer a couple...
By Brian Dolan February 1, 2010
Wireless remote monitoring for patients with heart conditions is fast becoming a crowded space for wireless health companies -- CardioNet, the only pureplay wireless health company to have gone public and LifeWatch, a Switzerland-based company are just two of the big players in this ever popular field. Last month we noted that Corventis had received FDA approval for its MCOT system, which put it...
By Brian Dolan June 4, 2009
Remote cardiac monitoring company LifeWatch has inked an exclusive carrier agreement with Verizon Wireless for its mobile phone-based service for cardiac patients. LifeWatch's LifeStar Ambulatory Cardiac Telemetry (ACT) service is a direct competitor to CardioNet's MCOT service, but unlike CardioNet, the company uses the patient's mobile phone to transmit the monitoring data. CardioNet uses a...
By Brian Dolan May 19, 2009
As we reported a few weeks ago, a financial analyst issued a report that claimed Highmark CMS was planning to reduce the reimbursement rate for CardioNet's wireless cardiac monitoring service and the report ended up dominating the wireless health company's most quarterly investment call. This week, CardioNet announced that Highmark CMS' reimbursement rate for CPT code 93229, Mobile Cardiovascular...
By Brian Dolan April 21, 2009
The FDA recently approved a 15-centimeter wireless sensor that aims to reduce hospitalizations by automating early detection of heart failure. The waterproof sensor is attached to the patient's skin and transmits data to a mobile phone or similar device in the patient's pocket. The system monitors heart and respiration rates, patient activity, and accumulation of body fluid. The data is then sent...
By Brian Dolan March 24, 2009
A new Landmark Report details three types of interventions that have been demonstrated to be effective in reducing hospitalizations of Medicare beneficiaries with multiple chronic conditions. Unfortunately, mobile solutions are not included specifically. PC Magazine has a nice column on the iPhone 3.0 news we covered in depth last week: "These two applications are good examples of what can happen...
By Brian Dolan March 12, 2009
Two Bluetooth powered cardiac monitoring devices made news today--and their approaches couldn't be further from each other. Also of note: Bluetooth is the wireless standard the Continua Alliance is working to make standard for wireless health devices. Vital Jacket: Vibrating T-Shirt monitors ECG Chile-based BioDevices has been featured in a number of places this week for its Vital Jacket product...
By Brian Dolan February 13, 2009
Maybe it's because of the new billing codes for cardiac telemetry devices, but the newscycle is brimming with announcements from wireless implantable cardiac monitoring devices this week. We just wrote about Medtronic's Reveal XT, now the FDA announced approval for Transoma Medical's Sleuth AT, which is also an implantable wireless cardiac monitor that communicates with a personal device the...
By Brian Dolan January 31, 2009
In case there were any doubters that mHealth is here to stay, one of the flagship mHealth applications in the market today, cardiac telemetry devices--like Cardionet's--have officially been recognized in 2009 with their own billing code. The Cardiology Billing Blog warns billing departments that are not properly implementing the new billing and coding changes could end up losing money from lower...

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