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Compare MESI mTABLET ECG to desktop ECGs, desktop LCD screen ECGs and PC-based ECGs

12-lead ECG is a standard device used both in primary and secondary care. Digital solutions have made a considerable difference in ECG measuring. Not only are the ECG devices becoming easier to use and transport; they can also store more and more data, and the best of them enable easy data sharing without compromising personal data security. Let us take a look at the MESI mTABLET ECG – the first completely digital electrocardiogram, and compare it to other types of ECGs.  

In this blog you will learn:

A short introduction to the MESI mTABLET ECG

General features

The following features make the MESI mTABLET ECG a state-of-the-art 12-lead ECG:

  • The ECG always comes with a certified medical tablet used to conduct the measuring process, immediate viewing of the measurement result and instant sharing for a second opinion if needed.
  • The device features/includes the Glasgow interpretation algorithm.
  • Printouts are possible directly from the tablet.
  • Basic filters (low-pass filter; high-pass filter (baseline filter); notching filter (mains filter) and myogram filter (muscle filter)), different lead views (6:6 II; 6:6; 3:3 Main; 3:3 Aux; 6 Main; 6 Aux; 3 x 4; and 3 x 4 II) as well as advanced analysis options (simple zoom-in and precise measurement tools).

Systemic digital advantages

The advantages of digital technology in healthcare can shorten your work process and ease your paperwork load. The MESI mTABLET ECG technology offers the following: 

  • All data is stored directly into the patient’s digital file. This means that the ECG result need not be printed unless you want to, which means less work and less burden on the environment.
  • You can instantly share the digital ECG result file with a GP or a specialist. They need not have a MESI mTABLET to view all the results and views on the MESI mTABLET.
  • You can access the patient’s file and ECG measurements using any electronic device of your choice. This is possible due to
  • MESI mRECORDS, which is included with every MESI mTABLET. Its storage is not device-based, but can be accessed from any web-enabled device. This also gives you access to the patient’s previous ECG measurements and allows you to make in-depth advanced analysis of their health status.
  • You will receive any system updates immediately and remotely.
  • Integrations with your current EHR system are available. This means that you can order an ECG measurement from that system and also automatically store the diagnostic result there.

Extra MESI mTABLET ECG highlights

  • The device is adaptive to any medical environment (wireless, portable and fully configurable to your needs).
  • The MESI mTABLET ECG is just one diagnostic module available. You can easily upgrade it with spirometry, a blood pressure monitor, oximetry, ABI, TBI or the Protocol app (to guide you through preventive health exams or exams of patients with the same condition).
  • Highest standards in data protection, always in line with your local legislation.
  • Automated software updates are always free of charge.
  • 3-year warranty on all our products.
  • One service provider and thus one contact point for all support.

The MESI mTABLET ECG vs. desktop ECGs

Desktop ECGs are usually a combination of a screen, the ECG measuring device and a printer on one device. They are usually not wireless and result saving is not possible; rather, the result must be printed out.

Below is a comparison of the MESI mTABLET’s software, set-up, software updates, patient trend review, measurement extensions and side-to-side result review.

MESI mTABLET ECGDESKTOP ECGs
SoftwareOperated by a medical-grade tablet, run by MESI OS developed specifically for ECG hardware. All software updates performed remotely.
Free, out-of-the-box, cloud-based MESI mRECORDS. All software updates performed remotely.
Usually licence-based and with an installation charge. The customer might need to provide their own IT support and data back-up.
Set-upOne-time ECG module pairing, instant report saving, review from any web-enabled device, easy integration.Licence-based. Needs to be integrated with the provider’s link or server. No automatic data back-up possible without this integration. The provider’s certified technician may be required to enable it.
Software updatesAutomatic, free of charge, no need for a technicianVia USB connection or the provider’s software (in case of updates, additional software must be provided). 
Immediate review of patient trendsGraphical format in every reportNone
Measurement extensionsFull MESI mTABLET system (hardware and software)Limited extensions
Ability to compare multiple ECGs side-to-sideYes (mRECORDS, free of charge)Usually through advanced set-up, licenses are charged for as a rule.

The MESI mTABLET ECG vs. desktop LCD screen ECGs

Desktop LCD screen ECGs are in the shape of a tablet. They may contain a printer or be connected to one. If not wireless, they can pose the same portability problems as desktop ECGs. They can offer software to import patient data from the EMR system and export customised PDF reports directly on the customer’s PC. Expandability with other measurements might be limited and the software update process is complex.

Below is a comparison of the MESI mTABLET’s software, set-up, software updates, patient trend review, measurement extensions and side-to-side result review.

MESI mTABLET ECGDESKTOP LCD SCREEN ECGs
SoftwareOperated by a medical-grade tablet, run by MESI OS developed specifically for ECG hardware. All software updates performed remotely.
Free, out-of-the-box, cloud-based MESI mRECORDS. All software updates performed remotely.
Usually licence-based and with an installation charge. The customer might need to provide their own IT support and data back-up.
Set-upOne-time ECG module pairing, instant report saving, review from any web-enabled device, easy integration.Licence-based. Needs to be integrated with the provider’s link or server. No automatic data back-up possible without this integration. The provider’s certified technician may be required to enable it.
Software updatesAutomatic, free of charge, no need for a technicianVia USB connection or the provider’s software (in case of updates, additional software must be provided). 
Immediate review of patient trendsGraphical format in every reportNone
Measurement extensionsFull MESI mTABLET system (hardware and software)Limited extensions
Ability to compare multiple ECGs side-to-sideYes (mRECORDS, free of charge)Usually through advanced set-up, licenses are charged for as a rule.

The MESI mTABLET ECG vs. PC-based ECGs

PC-based ECGs consist of the ECG measuring unit in the form of a tablet or other configuration and the software on a PC device. However, the software is not transferrable to other PC devices as a rule. It is generally installed on one computer only, and software updates are normally not automatic.

Below is a comparison with the MESI mTABLET’s software, set-up, software updates, patient trend review, measurement extensions and side-to-side result review.

MESI mTABLET ECGPC-BASED ECG
SoftwareOperated by a medical-grade tablet, run by MESI OS developed specifically for ECG hardware. All software updates performed remotely.
Free, out-of-the-box, cloud-based MESI mRECORDS. All software updates performed remotely.
Requires a PC software, needs to be downloaded separately onto every connected device. The customer’s device (PC) is not a medical device. This may affects endurance, safety and system responsiveness.
Set-upOne-time ECG module pairing, instant report saving, review from any web-enabled device, easy integration.If a dongle is used as receiver, the dongle needs to be in the PC for every measurement. There can be issues if multiple computers are used.
Software updatesAutomatic, free of charge, no need for a technicianVia USB connection
Immediate review of all previous measurementsGraphical format in every reportNone
Measurement extensionsFull MESI mTABLET system (hardware and software)None
Ability to compare multiple ECGs side-to-sideYes (mRECORDS, free of charge)No

The ECG is an essential diagnostic method to assess the cardiac function and should be available at every healthcare facility. In this, second or specialist opinions are often sought. For this reason, the quality, quantity, speed and security of the information obtained and shared with your ECG device can make an important difference not only for your practice, but also for the outcome of your patient. THE MESI mTABLET ECG was developed precisely for that purpose.