With a novel device and stress-free monitoring system, m-Health Solutions is making cardiac monitoring accessible for all patients while streamlining monitoring and diagnosis for physicians. The company’s novel m-CARDS™ device provides a full-service solution for cardiac monitoring with a convenient delivery system, real-time monitoring and reliable outcomes, resulting in a faster diagnosis. It starts with a physician ordering the test for a given period of time, from 14 to 28 days. The patient then gets the diagnostic kit in the mail and easily hooks themselves up. If the patient has questions, m-Health staff provides service and support through a 1-800 phone line. Once monitoring is complete, the patient simply and conveniently mails back the device through the nearest Canada Post box.
For patients with suspected heart arrhythmia or suspected rare arrhythmias, this is a welcome change. The commonly-used Holter Monitor can have up to a four-month waitlist and requires patients to get hooked up to the device in hospital. After the limited 24 or 48-hour test period, the device is returned to the hospital in person. In addition to being time-consuming for both the patient and physician, this process adds an administrative burden to hospital staff and isn’t convenient for those who live in rural or remote communities. The short testing period also doesn’t help patients with paroxysmal arrhythmia (arrhythmia that occurs once every couple of weeks, or even once per month and can be a stroke risk).
The benefit to the m-CARDS system is clear: patients can stay in their own community, reducing travel and time off work, in addition to caregivers’ time. The combination of the longer test period with real-time monitoring means physicians can intervene at any point.
For physicians, it’s quick and easy to onboard patients and results are read and analyzed from anywhere through a mobile technology platform. Thanks to the m-Health patient support line, there’s no change in workflow for the physician’s office.
Today, m-CARDS is fully adopted in Ontario and is used by all 14 Local Health Integration Networks (with over 28 hospitals and stroke centres and more than 3,500 referring physicians and 300 cardiologists interpreting). To date, m-Health Solutions has monitored over 81,000 patients. Alberta’s integrated health care model means that all patients, urban, rural and remote, could have equal access to mCARDS patient-centric, real-time cardiac monitoring should it get adopted. A centralized database allows for clinicians throughout the province to access patients’ diagnostic reports, further supporting more streamlined care.
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