QRS Diagnostic leverages physicians' adoption of handheld computers in clinical practice

Minneapolis 22 October 2002Twenty-nine percent of practising physicians in the United States now report using PDAs or handheld computers, and Manhattan Research, a New York based health care marketing information and services firm projects that 40 percent of all practising physicians will do so within the next two years. To tap this potential, physicians need applications they can use on handhelds at the point of care.

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"It is no secret that the market for handheld computers in health care represents a significant opportunity", stated Mark Bard, president of Manhattan Research. "Integrating technology into the natural work flow of medicine is a critical driver in the initial adoption and ongoing utilisation of any IT solution."

QRS Diagnostic, specialised in innovative design and development of software-based medical devices, supports and leverages physicians' adoption of handhelds by enabling physicians to use them for essential clinical functions in patient care, such as diagnostic testing and monitoring patients' physiological data.

"Our technology complements and could actually accelerate physician demand for handhelds", stated Spencer Lien, chief executive officer, QRS Diagnostic. "When a physician slides a QRS PC Card into a handheld or Pocket PC, they immediately turn it into a medical device for diagnostic testing. They can use our devices on their handhelds to gather and assess physiological data, a fundamental part of routine patient care."

QRS holds two patents on the design of medical devices contained entirely in computer cards, such as PC Cards, Compact Flash (CF) Cards, and Springboard modules. "QRS uses our patented technology to program the intelligence of physiological data acquisition and analysis into computer cards", stated Patrick Lichter, chief technology officer, QRS. "QRS PC Cards, with integrated sensors, slide into the PC Card drives of desktop, laptop, handheld, or Pocket PCs, like the Compaq iPAQ. So, QRS makes off-the-shelf computers work as fully functioning medical devices."

Today, QRS offers a complete line of PC Card medical devices for spirometry, pulse oximetry, and electrocardiography. Blood pressure and vital signs cards are among the forthcoming PC Card medical devices that QRS is bringing to the market.

"QRS' synthesis of device technology and information technology is the key to the future of medical devices", stated Dan Goldberger, president, Dolphin Medical Inc. "It makes medical devices mobile, upgradeable, and reasonably priced." Dolphin Medical, a subsidiary of OSI Systems Inc., Hawthorne, California, and QRS have entered into a strategic alliance. Under their agreement, Dolphin has licensed QRS' patents for use in certain markets, and Dolphin will also manufacture QRS PC Cards.

Sunrise Lifestyle Centers, Northbrook, Illinois, has selected QRS PC Card devices for patient monitoring in all of its comprehensive outpatient rehabilitation facilities. "I use QRS devices in my internal medicine practice, and they have proven to be precise, reliable, and convenient to use", stated Sam Sugar, M.D., Sunrise chief medical officer. "And, on price, as far as I am concerned, QRS has no competition. Their PC Cards are very affordable."

In sum, QRS Diagnostic is positioned to take advantage of, and contribute to, physicians' use of handheld computers to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of medical care. Founded in 1994, QRS Diagnostic uses innovative software technology to design and develop FDA-approved medical devices that simplify and reduce the costs of diagnostic testing and patient monitoring. With the patented computer card technology platform, QRS turns standard desktop, laptop, and handheld PCs into modular, upgradeable medical devices and streamlines the collection and communication of precise physiological data.

The company enables primary care physicians to cost-effectively practise high-tech medicine while delivering the accuracy that specialists and hospitals demand. The affordability, durability, and mobility of QRS devices also advance diagnostic testing and patient monitoring for disease management, home health care and personal health management. More news on QRS Diagnostic is available in the VMW March 2002 article Office Medic database Small Office Edition to complement QRS PC Card medical device platform.


Leslie Versweyveld

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