ActiveECG Review Background
On June 25, 2001, we were the first to tell the world about a new
breakthrough in a Palm OS based handheld cardiac monitor. Jeffrey
Siegel, President of Active Corporation (the makers of the ActiveECG)
had contacted us in September of 2000 to tell us about an upcoming
Palm powered "monitoring device" that his company expected
would be the first Palm powered device to receive FDA 510(k) clearance
for clinical use. But Jeff was playing his cards "close to
the chest" and would not tell us specifics on the device.
Mr. Siegel, (unlike so many device manufactures of today) wished
to avoid excessive hyperbole and the premature product release publication.
However he promised to keep us "in the loop". Months passed
with little to no information being leaked. Then on the 25th of
June Jeff wrote to us with full details on the product and announcing
the immediate availability of the ActiveECG. Boy, did that get our
attention! Jeff's company means business, and they know how to deliver.
A few weeks later we got our first look of ActiveECG. We were so
impressed with his product that we immediately called him and invited
him to come to speak at IMICH (International Mobile Informatics
Conference in Healthcare) held in Halifax, Nova Scotia on July 28,
Mr. Jeffrey Siegel, President of Active Corporation,
demonstrates an early prototype of the ActiveECG encased
in Tupperware at IMICH.
Mr. Siegel took the audience through the steps required
to bring the first Palm powered cardiac monitor to market.
We also asked him to submit his product for a comprehensive
4 part review. Jeff readily agreed. We then assembled a multidisciplinary
team of reviewers to put the ActiveECG through it's paces.
The ActiveECG Review Team:
Stewart Cameron MD - University of Dalhousie Department
of Family Medicine - read it now
Alec Cooper MD - Family & ER Practitioner and
Webmaster of drcooper.palm - read
Editor PDA cortex - read
comments by: Jeneane A. Brian, BSN, MBA, CEO, VNAHHS)
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