The Heidelberg pH Capsule System had its origin at the Heidelberg University in West Germany over 45 years ago. The first Major Publication involving 1000 adult patients that were tested over a period of three years. (More than 2,000 Practice Cases were done preceding the Subject Formal Published Study. At that time, A.E.G. Telefunken, an Internationally famous West German Electronics Manufacturer, co-sponsored most of these studies. Since that time, distinguished Clinicians in Medical Teaching Colleges throughout the world have conducted approximately 150 Clinical Studies. The University Of New York, at Buffalo, and Pharma Research Corporation, Morrisville, North Carolina conducted one of the most recent studies. The studies are currently published in the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes (JAIDS). The Study title is, the Eradication of Helicobacter Pylori is Associated with Increased Exposure to Delavirdine in Hypochlorhydric, HIV-Positive Patients. There are also numerous studies conducted at the division of Clinical Pharmacology, Department of Medicine, at the Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA, by P. Mojaverian, Ph.D., Prof. Of Clinical Pharmacology and Assistant Prof. Of Medicine. Additional studies were conducted by David Y. Graham, M.D., (At that time) Assistant Professor of Gastroenterology, and Presently, for many years, Professor of Med. (Gastroenterology) in Charge of this complete Department, at the Baylor College of Medicine. A number of these studies were published in the New England Journal of Medicine, Gastroenterology and many Other Prestigious Medical Journals.
In 1975, Mr. Carrol B. Hayward became sole Proprietor of the Heidelberg pH Capsule System. The Heidelberg pH Capsule System was introduced to thousands of Doctors throughout the United States, who Specialize in Preventive Medicine, and Nutrition, plus Gastroenterologists and Clinical Pharmacologists. The Heidelberg System also became an extremely useful Diagnostic Tool for Long Term Prescription Drug Migratory Studies, done by Pharmaceutical Research Facilities, such as UpJohn, Pharmacia, Pfizer (5 International Locations), Boeringher-Engleheim, Schering-Plough, Glaxo-Smith-Kline and others.
The Early Heidelberg Systems Required the use of pH-Capsule-Sensing-Belt-Antennas, which were hard-wired directly to the Heidelberg System. The Belt Antenna was then wrapped around the Patient during each individual Test. A few of these (now-‘antiquated’) Systems are still being used today in Teaching-Hospitals (Clinical Pharmacology), as well as Private use in Pharmaceutical Companies, Worldwide, and in Hundreds of Private Medical Practices of Doctors who Specialize in Preventive Medicine and Nutrition. In Late 1999, Heidelberg Medical. Inc. launched a long-term redevelopment program to make its World-exclusive Heidelberg pH Capsule System a more technically advanced System. The New Heidelberg pH Capsule System is High-Tech Computer Controlled, Completely Wireless, and Self Contained System. It is Capable of testing multiple Patients at one time, without interaction. The results of each test are stored in Dedicated Computers Patient File Data Base, for easy retrieval and viewing. The pH Capsule Test is displayed on a Graph via the Monitor Screen. The Physicians’ Diagnoses, and/or Comments can be added during the pH Capsule Test, or at any later date. Once entered, the information becomes a permanent part of the Patient File in the Computer’s Patient File Data Base. The Heidelberg pH Diagnostic Systems include a Prognosis Data Base, and suggested Treatment Protocols.
In an effort to ‘keep pace’ with the advancements within the Medical Electronics Industry, and meet the ever-changing needs of Clinical Researchers, and Private Practitioners, Heidelberg's R & D Labs are continuing to develop new and innovative products. One of the Most recent developments is the hand held pH Capsule Locator, designed to pinpoint the location of a pH Capsule, once it has been administered to a Patient. (Future releases include: a multifunction Digital pH Capsule, and System that will monitor 100s of Subjects at one time).