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February 01, 2012

CardioComm and TZ Medical Join Forces in Telemetry Solution for Mobile Cardiac Patients

CardioComm Solutions, Inc. and TZ Medical, Inc. announced today that they have agreed on a device integration and distribution plan for the mobile cardiac telemetry (MCT) electrocardiographic (ECG) and arrhythmia management market, according to a company press release .

The agreement sets up a system that will allow cardiac patients to be monitored anywhere they go.

The press release reports that CardioComm Solutions will merge TZM's new Aera CT™ MCT monitor with its proprietary GEMS™ software. The new offering will be called GEMS Aera CT™ and will be an extension of CardioComm Solution's GEMS Air (Global ECG Management System) solution, according to the press release.

Cardiac telemetry allows clinicians who are not currently with patients to continuously monitor their heart rate and rhythm from a remote location, according to People who are typically candidates for cardiac telemetry are those “recovering from heart events, patients who may be at risk of heart events, and patients experiencing ongoing heart problems,” according to the Web site.s

"GEMS Aera CT will provide an efficient and cost-effective alternative for real-time, continuously-attended ambulatory cardiac monitoring for cardiac patients by combining the internet, the Aera CT's wireless (cellular) communication, leading-edge heart monitoring technology and CardioComm Solution's GEMS-based software. In doing so, it will provide constant detection, recording, transmission and analysis of cardiac rhythm dysfunctions while the patient is fully mobile," said John Lubisich, TZM president, in the press release.

"There are more than 4 million people in the U.S. alone receiving care for recurring arrhythmias,” said Bob Doerr, project manager for TZM, in the press release. “Between 2000 and 2030, the number of people over the age of 65 will double, meaning there will be a sharp rise in the need for remediation of cardiovascular disease and associated heart ailments. The need for MCT monitoring will increase substantially, and we feel TZM is positioned well to contribute to meeting those demands.”

CardioComm Solutions will become a global distributor of the Aera CT device and TZM will sell the GEMS Area CT software when bundled with sales of its Aera CT device, according to the press release.

CardioComm Solutions also announced today that Wade Barnes has been named the company's Chief Technology Officer.

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Deborah DiSesa Hirsch is an award-winning health and technology writer who has worked for newspapers, magazines and IBM in her 20-year career. To read more of her articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Rich Steeves
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