Compact portable ECG promises earlier diagnosis

A compact portable, easy-to-use ECG machine, the MAC 400, was launched in Europe by GE Healthcare at the recent European Society of Cardiology (ESC).

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As part of GE’s new compact line, the machine has been designed to help physicians whether hospital-based or in private practice, and could prove invaluable in emerging countries. The firm reports that the MAC 400 has the same quality and clinical excellence of the Marquette 12SL algorithm in its premium ECG devices, allowing for various patients’ configurations and quicker cardiac assessment. 
Announcing GE Healthcare’s big push for ‘early health’ in India earlier this year, Joe Hogan, President and CEO GE Healthcare said ‘Today, 70-80% of the resources in healthcare are devoted to managing symptom-based, advanced disease. If we can move from a “see and treat” approach to healthcare to one where the focus is on predictive healthcare we can dramatically reduce the costs to patients of late-stage treatment. Shifting resources to develop technologies that allow healthcare providers to diagnose disease at the earliest possible stage, when there can be many treatment options, is better medicine. It also makes simple economic sense.’

30.10.2007

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