Holter DR300 Is Coming in 2016
Imagine an ambulatory electrocardiogram (ECG) system that embodies the best of both the Holter and Event worlds. Lightweight, small, with low initial capital cost, low cost of consumables, world-class software, hands-free data transfer methods … does it sound too good to be true?
Thankfully, it’s not! In fact, that’s an accurate description of the new DR300 recorder from NEMon, coming in 2016.
Bluetooth for efficiency
The DR300 has all the features of the DR200/HE but adds Bluetooth capability. If you’re using the recorder as a traditional Holter, when the recorder is within Bluetooth range of the analysis computer, it will automatically pair with the computer and move the data from the DR300 recorder storage media (an SD card within the recorder) to the proper folder on the analysis station. In many cases, that means by the time the technician is ready to sit down and work on the studies, the data will already be in place waiting!
What else can we do with the Bluetooth protocol? Say that you’ve deployed the recorder for a long-term Holter study in “BOTH” mode (recording BOTH Event and Holter data simultaneously). In this mode, the recorder functions like a typical loop or Event recorder with programmable auto-triggering — but it also continuously records ECG signals like a traditional Holter, 24/7 for up to 14 days on a single AA battery. After a cardiac EVENT (brady, tachy, pause, AF) occurs and the patient comes within Bluetooth range of the new gateway unit, the patient’s EVENT data is sent via Bluetooth to the gateway and then via a cellphone to your office analysis system.
Events in context
That’s right — there’s no need for patient intervention to send the data trans-telephonically using acoustic signals. In your office, you can review the EVENTS collected with the LX Event software and, if enough diagnostic data has been accumulated, call in the patient with the recorder to shorten the long-term Holter study.
When the patient comes into the office, you will be able to quickly review the EVENTS in the context of the full Holter data record. From within the LX Event software, with one click of the mouse, you jump into to the full Holter record to view the EVENT in context.
Still sound too good to be true? We understand. Over the new few months, you’ll be seeing announcements of other components — first, the new DR300 with hands-free data transfer, then the new software system comprised of LX Event paired with the soon-to-be-announced HE/LX (Helix) Analysis software, and, finally, the gateway box to tie all these pieces together.
Now you know why we say that at NEMon, we’re always advancing Holter technology!