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Advocates have long used the stroke diagnosis and treatment process as an ideal example of the power of mHealth. Now they're seeing positive results in the treatment of heart attacks, thanks to a smartphone app and software system offered by Royal Phillips Electronics.
Philips has announced that its TraceMasterVue and IntelliSpace ECG management systems now work in conjunction with the STEMI Alert smartphone app developed by mVisum, Inc., allowing physicians to quickly diagnose and treat heart attack patients.
Much like neurologists who must diagnose and treat stroke victims quickly before permanent brain damage occurs, cardiologists face a window of only one to two hours to treat a patient suffering from a STEMI (ST-elevation myocardial infarction) before permanent damage occurs to the heart. The advent of mHealth and telemedicine technology means patients can be diagnosed and treated more quickly by specialists who don't have to be in the same room, hospital or state.
According to Philips officials, patient electrocardiograms recorded by emergency department treatment teams are acquired by the Philips PageWriter cardiograph, analyzed by the DXL ECG Algorithm and transferred to the TraceMasterVue or IntelliSpace ECG management system. If it's determined that the patient is suffering from a STEMI, those ECGs are then pushed through the STEMI Alert platform to the appropriate clinicians' smartphones.
mVisum, based in Camden, N.J., received FDA 501(k) approval last year for its Alert Alarm Management System, which enables patient status and alarm events to be pushed to clinical care providers through a wide range of data networks, including smartphones, tablets and VOIP devices. The company has developed technology to transmit EKGs, alarms, wave forms, echos and MRIs and also offers a Push Notification Service, which provides end-to-end messaging management.
"The addition of the STEMI application positively contributes to our overall coordination of care," said Steve Marshall, MD, medical director of the Emergency Department at Overlake Medical Center in Bellevue, Wash., in a press release "The mVisum STEMI Alert app allows immediate and effortless remote connection between our emergency department physicians and cardiology team. Being able to simultaneously view the current, and if applicable, previous ECG improves response time for our STEMI teams."
"The goal of Philips' overall mobility strategy is to ensure that clinicians have access to relevant, actionable information in a useful and appropriate format, regardless of location," said Michael Mancuso, CEO of Patient Care and Clinical Informatics for Andover, Mass.-based Philips Healthcare, in the release. "The STEMI Alert app is right in line with these overall goals, helping cardiologists to get time-sensitive information as quickly as possible, aiding them in making fast, informed decisions and ultimately improving patient care."
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