Ineedmd, a company based in New York City, has unveiled a new 12-lead ECG system, called ECG (EKG) Glove (also trademarked as The Physician’s Hand), which can interface with a PC or a smart phone to transmit readings directly to a physician. According to the company, the system has shown equivalent signal detection to typical clinical ECG devices. The primary advantage of the device, though, is that it can be prescribed to a patient for self-application at home. The user puts on the glove, removes paper to expose the adhesive, and places his hand on a given part of the chest. The leads are now automatically positioned and the system can be connected to another device to display and transmit the readings.
Here’s what comes in the package:
1. EKG (ECG) Gloves – disposable mitts containing pre-positioned electrodes]
2. Interface Box – industrial plastic box about the size of a pack of playing cards
3. Cable – for connection to a laptop computer (a wireless mode is being developed and is pending FDA approval)
4. Analytical Software – pre-loaded on a laptop computer, PDA, or cell phone
After the glove/mitten has been applied to the chest, the person or medical assistant removes his or her hand from within the EKG (ECG) Glove, because the adhesive on the electrodes enables the EKG (ECG) Glove to remain positioned properly.
Three electrodes on the EKG (ECG) Glove are designed to be placed in specific positions on the patient’s chest, one each under the right and left collar bone and the third on the lower end of the left ribcage. These extendable electrodes can be easily picked up and put in place without effort. The right arm (RA), left arm (LA), left leg (LL) are properly marked on these extendable electrodes. Notably, no electrodes need to be applied to the patient’s arms or legs and no conductive gel needs to be applied separately by the person or medical assistant.
Press release: Ineedmd, Inc. Unveils Revolutionary ECG (EKG) Recording Device …
Product page: EKG (ECG) Glove …
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