It is clear that with the new inexpensive health monitoring devices, much medical care can be given over the internet. This may be especially true for pediatric care.
And it seems likely that the majority of routine and urgent care could be cost-effectively delivered at home using these devices.
Below are some medical devices that may prove to be useful for home health care and home urgent care.
This is a website that evaluates hand-held ECG machines: Comparison of handheld,c1-lead/channel ECG / EKG recorders by James W Grier. Department of Biological Sciences,
North Dakota State University. Fargo, North Dakota, USA
What follows are some examples of medical devices that may be suitable for healthcare at home.
An inexpensive home ECG monitor is the Choice MD100B Handheld ECG Monitor and is available from a number of vendors.
A similar model home ECG monitor is the Home ECG/EKG Monitor Observer MD100A12
The Home ECG/EKG Monitor ChoiceMMed MD100E with arrhythmia analysis is around $250 but includes ecg cables.
Dimetek, Digital Care for Better Lives, makes the following:
Color Protable ECG Recorder Dicare m1CC [sp on website]
Other medical equipment that may prove suitable for health care at home include:
AliveCor Mobile ECG–Use your smartphone or tablet to instantly detect a serious heart condition in your ECG. This is a very inexpensive app that most any patient could afford.
Interestingly, ICU monitors have become relatively inexpensive, say less than $600. These might, at this cost, be useful for home patient monitoring. They might also be useful for urgent care house call practices.
An inexpensive, less than $600, NICU monitor is available on line. This might be useful for monitoring newborns at home or during an urgent care house call.
I ran the following Google searches: inexpensive ICU monitors, portable vital signs monitors, inexpensive NICU monitors, and inexpensive arrythmia monitors.There were some interesting results that might be useful for a telemedicine practice, housecall practice, or for patients who want to be in charge of their medical care. And here are some of the items I found:
Choice Medical MD100E Handheld ECG monitor, color screen , SD card slot , real time PC view by Facelake, $258.88.
Portable ECG Monitor FL10/PM10 with Bluetooth Wireless Transmission, $99.95 (on sale at $49.95 when checked on 1-7-2017.
Kardia Mobile, $99.00
DiCare-M1C Ambulatory Holter ECG Monitor is for taking one’s electrocardiogram anytime anywhere: at home or office. Retail Price: $449.99
AmperorDirect Price: $318.88 (29% savings!)
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This unit is ready for immediate shipping. The personal Holter ECG Monitor DiCare-M1C is wearable, light, and easy to use. It can take and record one’s ECG continuously for up to 32 hours. The data is stored in an SD card, which can then be read by a computer. Home cardiac monitors are essential for assessing and improving your heart conditions.
An interesting site that I found doing the above searches is Atrial Fibrillation – Resources for Patients published by Steve S. Ryan, Ph. D. which is a non-profit.
Dr. Ryan has a consulting site, The A-Fib Coach which says:
The A-Fib Coach
“Beating A-Fib One Heart at a Time”Do you need a well-informed patient advocate who will listen to how A-Fib makes you feel? Who can discuss all your available treatment options? Who will offer you unbiased, up-to-date, research-based advice?Someone who will help you look beyond the common drug therapies that only ‘manage’ your A-Fib, but do not cure it?
Steve S. Ryan is a former A-Fib patient who found his cure. He can help you find your cure too!