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    COPD testing leads to earlier diagnoses

    There are nearly 12 million undiagnosed people with COPD. That’s why diagnostic tests that can diagnose COPD earlier, while also working with existing medical office technology and other pulmonary function tests, are most valuable to health care providers, says Georg Harnoncourt, CEO of ndd Medical Technologies, Inc.

    “Pulmonary function tests have drastically changed over the years. In the past, the vast majority of diagnostic tests for COPD have only taken place in lung function labs,” Harnoncourt says. “Conventional lab equipment requires specialized personnel, who are primarily trained to maintain the equipment and to coach the patients through a series of tests—not to provide the level of care and attention that a patient would receive from their primary care physicians. Many lung function labs are overwhelmed and incredibly busy and primarily focus on maintaining the equipment rather than ongoing patient care.”

    Harnoncourt says that ndd has two portable COPD testing devices: the EasyOne measures how much air and how quickly the patient inhales and exhales, with a direct connection to a printer, computer or electronic health records system; the EasyOne Pro performs diffusion capacity testing, spirometry and full lung volumes in 20 minutes at the point of care.

    “In addition to being able to quickly test patients at the point of care, [the devices] can reduce wait times, increase the accuracy of diagnosis and decrease patient transport costs,” Harnoncourt says. “Since these devices are simplified and user-friendly, there is less need for training, which can improve work flow and drastically increase the efficiency of the health system.”

    Donna Marbury is a writer in Columbus, Ohio.

     

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