MASSDEVICE ON CALL — Sister companies Raytel Cardiac Services Inc. and Philips Remote Cardiac Services plan to cut 85 jobs from a cardiac monitoring unit in Windsor, Conn.
The companies plan to cut work related to cardiac monitoring of pacemakers, but will keep 200 employees primarily focused on monitoring irregular heartbeats.
"After a detailed, careful analysis, we decided to discontinue this business for two reasons," Joon Knapen, a spokesman for Philips Healthcare, told The Hartford Courant. Knapen cited Medicare’s 2009 reimbursement regulation changes and shifting pacemaker technology as the primary reasons for the cuts.
Most of the companies’ pacemaker monitoring business use phone lines to test pacemakers. Newer implants are wireless, a service Raytel and Philips don’t provide.
The layoffs will take place between February and April 2012, though some workers could remain in their positions until June.
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