Ease of Use and High Quality ECGs Are Key
|“AfibAlert is easy to use and the fact that it is FDA-cleared for monitoring afib is really important.” Tom Yen, usability expert with Zoll Medical||“It is really important that we get high quality, accurate data or it isn’t useful for us.” Dr. Robert Baker, cardiologist with Nevada Cardiology Association|
Technology holds great promise to make life better, especially for those monitoring chronic issues such as afib. Reducing visits to the ER, living active lives and having peace of mind are top of mind. And, having a device that provides high quality ECGs for physicians is critical.
Some of the more widely publicized and marketed devices don’t necessarily capture good information to help you or your doctor. “Many smart phone apps that say they monitor afib aren’t worthwhile” says Dr. Robert Baker, cardiologist with Nevada Cardiology Associates. “It is really important that we get high quality, accurate data or it isn’t useful for us.”
Tom Yen, a usability expert with Zoll Medical also emphasizes the importance of ease of use. “If something isn’t easy to use, people won’t want to use it,” he said. “We find that having something to hold in hand is easier to use for many than a smart phone app.”
He adds that if consumers find a medical device easy to use, then physicians are more likely to prescribe it. Any in-home medical device should fit into a person’s lifestyle and routine and be a natural extension of daily life. “This is one of the reasons I like AfibAlert,” says Yen. “It is easy to use and the fact that it is FDA-cleared for monitoring afib is really important. There is no value to devices that don’t have FDA clearance.”
As the easiest to use and only product that is FDA-cleared for afib monitoring (recently rated 5 stars for quality and ease of use), AfibAlert continues to be a top choice for physicians and patients alike.