MCT versus MCOT® versus ACT®
Mobile Cardiac Telemetry (MCT) is the industry term (name) to describe long term, real time, outpatient ECG monitoring technology with the capability to automatically detect and transmits relevant ECG information to a diagnostic laboratory.
There is some confusion in the marketplace as to what to call or reference this technology in large part because many of the companies have created their own acronyms for their individual products. For example, CardioNet was the first company to introduce this technology has a trademark on the acronym MCOT™. MCOT™ is a trademarked version (or name) by CardioNet which stands for Mobile Cardiac Outpatient Telemetry. MCOT is a common used acronym as CardioNet was a major sponsor of various clinical literature documenting the diagnostic utility of their model MCT monitor called the MCOT™.
Since there are several companies out there that offer Mobile Cardiac Telemetry monitors have created other acronyms to distinguish their version of Mobile Cardiac Telemetry. For example, there is the Lifewatch ACT monitor which stands for Ambulatory Cardiac Telemetry. LifeWatch is the second largest player in Mobile Cardiac Telemetry making their ACT name well known. Another well known name is the ECAT (External Cardiac Ambulatory Telemetry).