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hotstock13 6 posts  |  Last Activity: Apr 11, 2014 7:12 PM Member since: Aug 6, 1999
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  • hotstock13 hotstock13 Apr 11, 2014 7:12 PM Flag

    Too early to say if he died from Sudden Cardiac Arrest (it could have been from a heart attack). Autopsy was going to be conducted Thursday April 10, but no results have been released as of this time on Friday, April 11. Until then, we don't know if MTWA could have helped him like it could for James Gandolfini, the deceased star of The Sopranos, who did die of SCA, not from a heart attack. Rock, now 400,000 die from SCA annually, up from 300,000? Perhaps with a new manager at the helm of Medicare they will get their priorities straight (and Congress will cease tying Medicare's hands behind its back to reduce costs). Vote in November.

  • hotstock13 hotstock13 Mar 31, 2014 3:52 AM Flag

    Mr. Bary died of a pulmonary embolism, not Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) to which MTWA addresses. James Gandolfini, of The Sopranos fame, died last summer in Italy of SCA.

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    No one

    by djmattn Feb 6, 2014 3:52 PM
    hotstock13 hotstock13 Feb 6, 2014 5:42 PM Flag

    You're putting the cart before the horse. MTWA didn't sell because medical-oriented management lacked marketing acumen and continued to keep selling to other medical-oriented people. Their annual 10-Ks stated the were selling MTWA primarily to cardiologists--the very people that have a conflict of interest in using non-invasive MTWA because it would lower their income relative to using invasive electrophysiology. Management should have been selling MTWA to the CEOs/CFOs of Corporate America and public pension funds that are more oriented to reducing costs (including medical ones). Get a couple of major S&P 500 companies as customers in their neighborhood and the profits generated from them would support further marketing to similar companies and fund further research (an economical test to determine who really needs an expensive defibrillator?). Several Harvard case studies confirm that rotten management will destroy the market for a product, no matter how good it is. Don't blame the product, which received FDA approval more than a dozen years ago and a reimbursement code in 2006. Blame rotten management.

  • Walgreen will be having nurse practitioners in their domestic outlets, providing flu shots. I told WAG's CEO about MTWA and that their nurse practitioners could use MTWA on patients along with giving flu shots. Let's see if WAG buys CAMH for its MTWA technology. WAG has the capability to market MTWA directly to those who can use it.

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    Outdated technology from day one.

    by djmattn Feb 5, 2014 4:48 PM
    hotstock13 hotstock13 Feb 6, 2014 2:29 AM Flag

    The problem was medical experts trying to run a business that knew little about marketing. They kept marketing MTWA to the very entities that would not use it because they had a conflict of interest: they, doctors and hospitals, made more money using EP than MTWA. They should have sold MTWA to end users that are paying the bill (corporations, public pension funds, and patients). For some reason, Congress has not given Medicare the authority to tell doctors which tests to use (unlike Blue Cross-Blue Shield of New York, that has done so for years). The people at Medicare have their tail between their legs, only interested in collecting their paycheck.

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    Outdated technology from day one.

    by djmattn Feb 5, 2014 4:48 PM
    hotstock13 hotstock13 Feb 6, 2014 2:25 AM Flag

    You tell me which technology is outdated: electrophysiology (EP) that is invasive or MTWA that is non-invasive? EP that costs nearly $9.000 or MTWA that costs less than $500? EP, where you have to enter a hospital for two days to recover or with MTWA where you go home after the half-hour test? NASA uses MTWA on astronauts. Do you think they are going to use a two-bit test on people they send into space?

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