The app is helping clinicians move away from faxed pictures or blurry cell phone images. GE also has a number of wide-ranging apps that cut across a number of industries — from personal health apps that help users better understand their own health and habits to apps that monitor electrical transformers, jet engines and locomotives.
The next time your physician consults an iPad or iPhone, don’t assume she’s checking her email. She may in fact be viewing your most recent electrocardiogram (ECG), or even your entire ECG history, thanks to AirStrip Cardiology.
This new app not only makes a patient’s cardiology waveform data quickly available to relevant decision makers — physicians, clinicians, nurses, ER personnel, etc — it also provides them with more useable data.
AirStrip Cardiology interfaces with GE Healthcare’s MUSE Cardiology Information System to create an interactive display of patient data. Once a hospital or clinic has purchased and installed the two technologies, physicians can download the free app to their personal devices, log in, and accesses patient’s data. In this case, ECG data will be available to any physician or clinician through AirStrip Cardiology, be they “on campus” or across the country.
The system is designed to improve physician workflow and decision making — and with this new app, they can interact with EKGs like never before. “What we’re doing is taking the raw data from the GE system, effectively ‘air stripping’ it on the back end, and then exposing it on the mobile client,” says William Cameron Powell MD, President and Chief Medical Officer at AirStrip Technologies. “We are able to provide these doctors — anytime, anywhere, from just a cell phone connection — the ability to see data they’ve never been able to see before on a remotely viewed ECG.”
Through AirStrip Cardiology, doctors can dynamically zoom in on data provided by GE Healthcare’s MUSE system with remarkable speed and clarity as they scroll across all 10 seconds of 12 lead ECG data with just a finger and compare it to an ECG done up to a year ago.
Dr. Powell emphasizes the qualitative difference between mobile access through these apps, and remote access via a conventional browser like Internet Explorer: “We have an analytic toolset [in the app] that allows a clinician to zoom in on the wave form, and even compare it to an ECG done three months ago. The usability of this data is greatly improved.”
The Airstrip Cardiology will be available later in 2011, and is currently available at beta sites.