Grappling with government and managed care payment constraints, primary care physicians must uphold quality while managing costs. To cover practice overhead and maintain their incomes, they strive to see more patients per day. If they could readily and effectively perform more diagnostic tests in their own offices, primary care physicians could maximize the value of office visits, improve quality, and enhance convenience for patients. They could reduce costs and increase their share of revenues by performing tests for many patients themselves, instead of always referring them to specialists. Instant access to test results also enables primary care physicians to communicate more effectively with specialists when they do refer their patients for a consultation.
Yet, many primary care physicians still do not perform diagnostic procedures such as spirometry and electrocardiography. Why? Most medical devices are not designed for primary care physicians. They are too cumbersome, too complex, and too costly.
The VectraCor Technology Solution: PC and PDA-based Medical Devices
VectraCor uses its innovative technology to design and develop medical devices that streamline and simplify the collection, interpretation and communication of precise physiological data. VectraCor enables healthcare professionals to cost-effectively practice high-tech medicine while delivering the accuracy that specialists and hospitals demand. The company focuses on the unmet needs of primary care physicians while offering cost-effective device alternatives for hospitals as well as specialists who practice cardiovascular medicine.
VectraCor holds several patents on the design of medical devices contained in Computer (PCMCIA) Cards. VectraCor computer cards, with integrated sensors (such as electrode leads for ECGs), slide right into off-the-shelf laptops, Tablet PCs and certain PDAs. This makes them work as fully functioning medical devices, and that are the key to the mobility and affordability of our products.
Portability, as well as affordability, is an advantage. In the physician offices it is often infeasible or too costly to maintain dedicated procedure rooms for bulky, stand-alone diagnostic testing machines. Physician and nurses can carry VectraCor devices in their lab coat pockets. Because they are software-based, QRS devices are not only mobile but easily upgradeable, which reduces long-term device costs. Moreover, VectraCor eliminates the need to purchase and support separate, stand-alone machines for different diagnostic procedures, since a single laptop or PDA can support all VectraCor medical devices.