Remote independent vital sign monitoring.

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I am looking for a independent diagnostic testing facility  in Australia.

Company that does remote home telehealth  vital sign monitoring for ECG etc.

I want to be able to send  ECG results straight through and have results looked at immediately, not 24 hours later .

Plenty of new devices on the market  that can be used  to check your own ECG

but cannot find a independent facility to  interpret the results.

Any suggestions?


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    I too am in Australia, why the problem go to your normal Dr, and ask him to look at your ECG results, if there are any strange issues he should be refering you to a specialist cardiologist, waiting times for the public hospital unfortunately is a long time, unless you have a major issue and then you go to the emergency dept.

    Husband has major heart issue, our GP denied he had an issue, told us ECG was OK, but I insisted he see a cardio specialist, GP said wasting your time, I still insisted, cardio diagnosed that he had a problem looking at same ECG from GP, and ordered an immediate echocardiogram so even GP's can be wrong, admitted to local hospital Redcliffe, in congestive heart failure two days later, following morning told he was OK again by Redcliffe hospital cardio Dr, nurses told me to take him to Prince Charles, we drove ourselves, they kept him eight days, gave him lots of meds, and discharged him home, 6 years later pacemaker installed, and today we are coming up 8 years since diagnoses, and he has improved, latest echo confirmed his heart is on the mend, 23% ejection fraction, dialated cardiomyopathy has come back into normal range at 56% ejection fraction, that from hospital appt last week.

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      Way of the future is telehealth/ remote monitoring.

      Much more convenient to be able to send the data through to be interpret and then if needed, visit a doctor.

      If I can find a independent diagnostic centre in Australia, I can send my results in any time 24/7 and have a specialist look at them, rather then wait for appointment with a doctor, sit in waiting room and drive to the practice..

      Personal preference and cost effective for me to do it this way.

      Thanks for your reply Lyn.

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      I agree with you regards telehealth, it is the way of the future.

      But I don't think you are ever going to be able to get a direct line to the specialist with regards to say ECG, GP's here in Australia are the gatekeepers for the specialist's, nice little cosy arrangement, that they both gain from financially, and specialists are saved from dealing with every cold and sniffle, those are the GP's patch, and you just don't get through the gate unless the GP says so.

      I fear what happens to those who the GP's miss, and as a Dr said to me in jest, we bury our mistakes, and he wasn't entirely joking.

      In my husband case how did I know he was sick when the GP said he was fine, my father had dialated cardiomyopathy when I was born, and I lived with it my entire life, or until I married my husband, but even so dad was still a big part of our life, I just didn't realise my husband had the same in a conscious way, but my instincts were sending off alarm bells, and I just knew I had to listen to those alarm bells.  All fell together when I was talking to my sister, a very senior member of the nursing profession, and she laughed at me when I said "I just knew", even when GP said there was nothing wrong, she said of course and reminded me of my experience from when I was a child, and later watching dad slowly die of the same condition husband has, without the modern drugs he now has available.  Said you would be able to recognise a cardiomyopathy as well as I can, referring to herself, and probably better than your local GP.

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      Overseas have independent diagnostic testing facilities (IDTF ) that does this kind of work and remote monitoring.

      Times will change where you can email the specialist your results without the need to see a doctor first. This will save time with no visit to the doctor to receive a referral and place the individual in control of monitoring  and looking after their own well being from home with out the need  for weekly trips to a doctor.

      I just ordered the Prizma jacket from G Medical and while I can share the results with my own doctor, it will be much easier to send it to 24/7 call monitoring centre for a specialist to interpret.

      Hopefully in the near future, we advance enough to catch up with how they are doing it overseas . Technology is there, we just need a business to  change from how its currently done for reading results and move with the times.

      This is what I ordered.

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      Wow could have done with that little gizmo when husband was having electrical issue with his heart, left arm pain and weakness, cardios said, rotator cuff injury, x-rays, cat scans etc, nothing could be found, for 15 months we went backwards and forwards to Pr Charles, still reporting this left arm pain, and every time it was something else, nothing to do with his dialated cardiomyopathy and or heart failure.  Then one morning he was really dizzy and weak, his heartbeat at home was 30, took him to Pr Charles again, told pain was a pinched nerve in his neck, which I disagreed with loudly, and the slow heartbeat was caused by his tablets, admitted him, onto ward, during night his heartbeat fell to 23 BPM, after removing his tablets that were supposed to be causing the slow heartbeat, at that point they decided he needed a pacemaker, I made as much noise as I could with no medical training, and basically told them they were not doing their job, but from what I understand now a failing electrical branch bundle, working some times and not others is very hard to catch even on their ECG's without full time halter monitoring.  He has 100% branch bundle block, therefore the need for the pacemaker.

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      Being clinical graded medical device and having its own battery source,makes it perfect to take anywhere  and it will be with me where ever I go because the phone jacket attaches to your phone. 

      I can see something like this being used also by carers to check on family vitals or used  in age care by those visiting the elderly..

      Amazing how far we have come and how much is changing in the medical world.

      At least with this product, I know its TGA approved as a medical device,so 100% accurate.

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