The FDA has issued approval to GE Healthcare’s MAC 800 portable ECG system. A relatively lightweight package, the system saves space by having a mobile phone style keyboard instead of a full size variety. Originally developed for the Chinese market, the new system will now be marketed in the US.
MAC 800 has the features of a full size, 65-pound ECG device, engineered down to under seven pounds, battery included. The unit’s integrated carrying handle enables clinicians to carry it like a briefcase, expanding access to care, regardless of patient location. Its lithium ion battery keeps it running for roughly two hours and a quick, four-hour recharge ensures minimal downtime.
Connectivity within a physician’s work environment is key to coordinated care and improved diagnoses. MAC 800 helps to make that vision a reality through its multiple communication options that fit the needs of most practices, including LAN, modem, SD card and serial port to store and send ECG data from any location.
Additionally, MAC 800 offers the option of a PDF or XML output for universally recognized storing and data sharing. MAC 800 also connects seamlessly to a variety of vendors’ EMR solutions via Cardiosoft, GE’s cardiology information software system, creating a fully digital ECG workflow.
Press release: GE’S FIRST PORTABLE ECG, “MEDICAL TEXTING,” ARRIVES IN US