AirStrip Technologies has launched its AirStrip Cardiology app on the Apple iPhone and iPad, which access GE's Muse database of patient ECG readings.
Technologies has rolled out a cardiology application for Apple's iPad and
iPhone, called AirStrip Cardiology
, which allows doctors to
access patient heart readings on the go.
Cardiology draws on a continuous flow of ECG (electrocardiogram) data from GE
Healthcare's Muse Cardiology Information System, a cloud database hospitals use
to track and store patients' heart data. Muse measures hundreds of thousands of
ECGs, warehouses the ECG data, and allows doctors to access it either in the
hospital or remotely.
to work with GE because of its leadership in cardiology equipment, Dr. Cameron
Powell, president and chief medical officer at San Antonio, Texas-based
AirStrip, told eWEEK.
doctors and clinicians to access ECG readings remotely could increase the speed
of patient care.
physicians would use ECG images from faxes or PDFs on PCs, with the possibility
of distortion, yielding potentially inaccurate readings.
somebody faxes you something, oftentimes the quality of what I'm looking at
isn't enough to make a diagnostic conclusion," David Ataide, vice
president and general manager of patient care solutions at GE Healthcare, told
interactive touch-screen Apple iOS interface on iPhones and iPads, however,
physicians can zoom in on the waveforms without affecting the readings' visual
clarity, as they would when zooming in on a fax.
small as 0.5 millimeters are precise enough to show serious changes to the
"Viewing near-real-time ECG data from any location, as
well as a complete database of prior ECGs, is an incredibly powerful way to
increase accuracy of diagnosis," Mark Peterman, an interventional
cardiologist on the medical staff at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano,
said in a statement. Texas Health is an early adopter of the AirStrip
Cardiology application, which the FDA approved in 2010.
view current data as well as readings up to a year old in 10-second increments.
AirStrip Cardiology, announced on April 4, doctors can use the serial
comparison feature to overlay current and past ECGs, Ataide said.
If a doctor
learns that a patient has chest pain, the physician can log in to AirStrip
Cardiology and check a real-time ECG reading before making a diagnosis.
With more than
90 percent of physicians already holding a smartphone, AirStrip Cardiology
should achieve wide adoption, according to Ataide.
think the average cardiologist that's going to be using this will require any
training," Ataide said.
AirStrip firmly vouched for the security of the AirStrip Cardiology
AirStrip platform, regardless of product, is arguably the most secure mobile
application on the market," Powell said.
with the FDA and some of the standards we abide by, we had to create security
protocols beyond what is just available on these devices," he explained.
it's multiple layers of encryption or multifactor authentication protocols, we
have built all that ourselves and built that into our applications. We have a
combination of really secure data transmission without sacrificing speed and
usability for the doctors," Powell said.
physicians, being able to use single sign-on was important, according to
If a clinician
were to lose their iPhone or iPad, the current session would be viewable, but
nothing would be stored, he noted.
is ever stored on the device, and that's probably the most commonly asked
security question," Powell said.
a very detailed audit trail of when they logged on, what was the user name and
password and cell phone signal required," Powell said, noting the amount
of information health companies must provide for reporting and accountability.
already using iPhones and iPads to check stocks or book a flight, providing an
application such as AirStrip Cardiology was a seamless environment to turn to,
according to Powell. Doctors have an "insatiable" need to have easy
mobile access to data such as ECG readings, he explained.
and nurses are wanting to use these devices already," Powell said.
"They're using them already to manage a whole host of areas of their
currently carries a demonstration version of AirStrip Cardiology, and physicians
can purchase the working application through GE. An Android version will follow.