QT Medical, a company based outside of Los Angeles, California, has developed an at-home 12-lead ECG monitoring system that allows patients to record their own ECGs and share those tracings with their cardiologists. The company’s Personal Cardiac Assistant (PCA 500) system uses flexible strips to combine the electronic leads and to help position them around the chest area. Instructions meant to be easily understood by average people help to make sure that each of the twelve leads is placed in the correct spot. Once the system is ready and the leads are placed, the control unit is activated to make a recording. The recording can then be easily transferred to the patient’s smartphone, using an accompanying app, and the data then shared with the person’s physician over QT Medical’s cloud platform.
The PCA 500 is FDA cleared and is indicated to provide hospital-quality ECG readings for cardiologists to make diagnostic and therapeutic decisions off of. As of last month, the company has begun making it available for purchase in the United States via a prescription from the patient’s cardiologist.