GE’s first portable electrocardiogram cleared in the USA


The FDA has cleared GE Healthcare’s latest electrocardiogram solution, the portable MAC 800, based on cell phone technology. GE’s new device targets physician’s offices and the pharmaceutical industry.

Originally developed and introduced in China in 2008, the lightweight portable device combines the keypad of a phone with a full-size color display and world-class diagnostic software to help clinicians shape the future of healthcare in regions across the world.

MAC 800 has the features of a full size, 65-pound electrocardiogram device, engineered down to under seven pounds, battery included. The unit’s integrated carrying handle enables clinicians to carry it like a briefcase, expanding access to care, regardless of patient location. Its lithium ion battery keeps it running for roughly two hours and a quick, four-hour recharge ensures minimal downtime.

MAC 800’s multiple communication options fit the needs of most practices, including LAN, modem, SD card and serial port to store and send electrocardiogram data from any location. Additionally, the device offers the option of a PDF or XML output for universally recognised storing and data sharing. MAC 800 also connects seamlessly to a variety of vendors’ EMR solutions via Cardiosoft, GE’s cardiology information software system, creating a fully digital electrocardiogram workflow.

MAC 800 will launch to the American primary care market during Q2 and will be showcased at the Scientific Sessions of the American College of Cardiology in Orlando at the end of March.