Total Artificial Heart Manufacturer Launches Industry’s 1st E-Commerce Site
SynCardia’s Total Artificial Hearts, Drivers and Other Accessories Available 24/7
to World’s Top Transplant Centers via http://Shop.SynCardia.com
TUCSON, Ariz. – Aug. 11, 2010 – On Aug. 11, SynCardia Systems, Inc., manufacturer of the SynCardia temporary Total Artificial Heart, announced the launch of its new online store, http://Shop.SynCardia.com. SynCardia is the first company in the mechanical circulatory support industry to make its products available to customers through an e-commerce site 24/7.
“Shop.SynCardia.com streamlines the ordering process for our customers,” said Rodger Ford, SynCardia CEO. “The site offers all SynCardia products in one place for the surgeons, medical staff and their patients at SynCardia Certified Centers around the world. We have already processed orders through the site for Total Artificial Hearts and SynCardia Gear.”
Electronic ordering through the e-commerce site guarantees that all information is current and correct, eliminating the risk of using outdated order forms, catalogs or part numbers. When staff at SynCardia Certified Centers log in, they will see each product, including the price, a photo and a description. After the order has been placed, http://Shop.SynCardia.com will send customers confirmation emails that their order has been received.
Shop.SynCardia.com offers the following products online:
- Medical Equipment Using a unique username and password to login, SynCardia Certified Centers can order Medical Equipment including Total Artificial Hearts, implant drivers for use in the operating room, Freedom® portable drivers for patient use in the hospital and at home and other SynCardia products.
- Patient Accessories Patients can view SynCardia accessories such as additional driver batteries or a second Freedom Shoulder Bag, Backpack or Accessory Bag. Patients can then order these accessories through their SynCardia Certified Center.
- SynCardia Gear SynCardia Gear can be purchased by anyone who visits the website using a secure PayPal™ Shopping Cart. SynCardia Gear includes Team SynCardia Bike Jerseys and Bibs (cycling shorts). Team SynCardia cycling consists of friends and supporters of SynCardia with the goal of promoting cardiovascular health.
Shop.SynCardia.com serves SynCardia Certified Centers around the world, including heart hospitals in the U.S., Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Sweden, Austria, Russia and Australia.
SynCardia Systems, Inc. in Tucson, Arizona is the privately-held owner and manufacturer of the world's first and only FDA, Health Canada and CE approved Total Artificial Heart for use as a bridge to transplant for people suffering from end-stage biventricular heart failure in which both ventricles can no longer pump enough blood for a person to survive.
More than 1,300 implants of the SynCardia Total Artificial Heart accounts for over 400 patient years of life on the device. Since January 2011 more than 400 SynCardia Hearts have been implanted.
The youngest patient to receive a SynCardia Heart was 9 years old; the oldest was 76 years old. The longest a patient has lived with a SynCardia Heart was nearly four years (1,374 days) before receiving a successful donor heart transplant Sept. 11, 2011.
SynCardia Systems also manufactures the Freedom® portable driver, which powers the SynCardia Heart while allowing clinically stable patients to leave the hospital to live at home and in their communities. The wearable Freedom driver has been used by more than 175 patients, accounting for over 100 years of support.