Wednesday, April 13, 2011

You’ll Never Look at an ECG the Same Way Again

AirStrip Technologies recently launched a global partnership with GE Healthcare to digitize and mobilize ECGs. At AirStrip Technologies, we feel very strongly about providing meaningful mobility for cardiology care in the form of mobile, enhanced, digital ECGs, which we believe will improve and expedite critical decision making capacity for Cardiologists. I have recorded a short demonstration of the new technology and I am positive that you will never look at an ECG the same way again.

Why? There are 16.8 million people with coronary heart disease, and 14.4 million people with cardiac dysrhythmias in the U.S. More than 10 million people suffer from cardiac-related chest pain [1] and this year, 6 million patients with chest pain will arrive at hospital emergency departments across the nation. 38% of 1.45 million actual heart attack victims will die; [2] more than 225,000 will die within one hour of the onset of symptoms and before ever reaching a hospital. [3]
No matter what the location or level of care, the 2010 International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation (ILCOR) ACS-MI Task Force confirms what we all know - ECGs are essential [4] to the diagnosis and treatment process of Acute Coronary Syndrome (ACS).
Time is of the essence in achieving the desired clinical outcomes and performance measures for these patients. The literature clearly shows that reducing time to intervention reduces morbidity, mortality, and sequelae. Hence, getting an experienced cardiologist involved early is critical in the diagnosis and management of abnormal ECG findings. [5]
Digital technology advancements now support unprecedented visual clarity, touch screen manipulation, enhanced analytics, and the ubiquitous delivery of this vital intelligence - current and historical ECGs - to a provider’s mobile device.
AirStrip Technologies and GE Healthcare recognized the potential of mobile, enhanced ECG delivery, and responded in kind with an FDA-cleared product designed specifically to make a difference. Now that's Meaningful Mobility for Healthcare.

[1] Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics — 2009 Update, American Heart Association

[2] American Heart Association Statistics.

[4] Hazinski MF, Nolan JP, Billi JE, Böttiger BW, Bossaert L, de Caen AR, Deakin CD, Drajer S, Eigel B, Hickey RW, Jacobs I, Kleinman ME, Kloeck W, Koster RW, Lim SH, Mancini ME, Montgomery WH, Morley PT, Morrison LJ, Nadkarni VM, O’Connor RE, Okada K, Perlman JM, Sayre MR, Shuster M, Soar J, Sunde K, Travers AH, Wyllie J, Zideman D. Part 1:executive summary: 2010 International Consensus on Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiovascular Care Science With Treatment Recommendations. Circulation. 2010;122(suppl 2):S250 –S275.

[5] Massel, D. Observer Variability in ECG Interpretation for Thrombolysis Eligibility: Experience and Context Matter. Journal of Thrombosis and Thrombolysis 15(3), 131–140, 2003.