INDIANAPOLIS – Roche Diagnostics has launched the CoaguChek Vantus system, a self-testing device for coagulation monitoring with Bluetooth technology. Using the system, patients can use their tablet or smartphone with a compatible app to send their results automatically to their provider via wireless connectivity. “As health care systems face continued pressure to deliver improved access to care at a lower cost, increased connectivity between health care providers and patients becomes even more important,” said Dr. Alan Wright, chief medical officer at Roche Diagnostics, in a statement. “This innovative technology sets the standard in coagulation monitoring by providing high quality, convenient testing, while optimizing the patient result reporting workflow. The CoaguChek Vantus system also features medication and testing reminders, the ability to flag results in relation to the target range and the option to insert comments to the result. The hand-held device enables patients to conveniently monitor international normalized ratio (INR) results with an intuitive user-interface, while enabling flexible remote connectivity to their health care providers through Bluetooth technology. Trend report functionality also provides both patients and their health care providers with an overview on the stability of their anticoagulation levels.
IRVINE, Calif., & DELRAY BEACH, Fla., – Masimo and Thermomedics have released a non-contact Bluetooth-enabled thermometer that integrates with the Masimo Root patient monitoring and connectivity platform. “This thermometer makes it easy to efficiently take the temperatures of multiple patients without having to manually record data,” said Joe Kiani, founder and CEO of Masimo, in a statement. “We’re delighted to have partnered with Thermomedics to develop an additional, easy-to-use thermometry option for Root customers.” TIR-1 is a clinical-grade infrared thermometer that provides forehead temperature measurements across all patient populations. Bluetooth connectivity enables wireless data transfer to a connected Root monitor. Masimo Root is a an expandable patient monitoring and connectivity hub that integrates an array of technologies, devices and systems to provide multimodal monitoring and connectivity solutions in a single, clinician-centric platform. “Our team worked diligently to develop the TIR-1, the first Bluetooth-wireless non-contact thermometer to be paired with a vital signs monitoring system,” said William Caragol, chairman and CEO of PositiveID, which owns Thermomedics, in a statement. “We are very proud to bring this product to market with a world-class company like Masimo and introduce non-contact thermometry to the Root platform.”
ARLINGTON, Texas — Texas Health Harris Methodist Fort Worth hospital is offering Bluetooth-enabled pacemakers to patients, allowing them to share data with their doctors anywhere, at any time.
“It’s smart medicine for your heart,” said Dr. Aleem Mughal, a cardiac electrophysiologist on the Texas Health Fort Worth medical staff, in a statement. “Having an application that offers convenience, reduces health care costs and allows people with pacemakers to remain mobile is technology that benefits the patient and the physician.”
Previous pacemaker technologies allowed patients to connect via computer with their doctors using a stationary bedside monitor and a phone landline. With the Bluetooth technology, patients connect wirelessly using a hand-held monitor and mobile app.
Mughal said the device cuts down the number of routine doctor visits because patients can download heart data and check the pacemaker’s effectiveness by using the device’s Bluetooth technology wherever they are.
“With this technology, a patient can easily send information to me, and I’ll be able to determine if he needs to simply rest or immediately head to the hospital,” he said.
Using a small, hand-held “reader,” the patient places the device close to his chest. The device quickly sends detailed information, via Bluetooth technology, to the doctor.
“With the Bluetooth-enabled device, the patient is afforded more freedom because they’re not tethered to a monitoring device at the bedside every night,” said Dr. Charles Lampe, part of the medical staff at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas and the Texas Health Physicians Group, in a statement. “It’s all connected wirelessly and that’s innovation helping both of us.”
Texas Health Resources is one of the largest nonprofit health systems in the United States with 29 hospital locations that are owned, operated, joint-ventured or affiliated with Texas Health Resources.