The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano Adds Technology for Complex Cardiac Interventions


December 22, 2011

December 22, 2011 — The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano became the first hospital in the world to perform an electrophysiology procedure last week using the new Epoch platform. This technology increases efficiency with a fully remote, networked and modular robotic magnetic solution, and enables greater surgical precision and improved catheter control while reducing the risk of complications.

The full-service cardiovascular specialty hospital upgraded its robotic ablation system (Niobe) to the Epoch platform. Epoch is an advanced computer controlled technology that allows physicians to navigate within the patient’s heart with robotic precision.

Technologically advanced magnetic navigation allows for faster, more efficient quality magnetic catheter control for cardiac ablation procedures for the treatment of complex cardiac arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats).

“Interventional physicians want to leverage advanced technology that minimizes surgical risks to the patient while increasing the likelihood of a favorable outcome,” says Brian DeVille, M.D., FACC, eletrophysiologist on the medical staff at The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano. “The new Epoch platform will enable electrophysiologists on the medical staff to deliver therapy in a precise manner, while reducing X-ray exposure and procedure time for our patients.”

The Heart Hospital also recently became one of the first in the country to implement the Odyssey Cinema Studio, a fully integrated, real-time information management system that promotes online education and collaboration. It allows physicians to remotely access live and recorded procedure data across the hospital system and around the world.

Procedures that are broadcast on the Odyssey Network feature a complete view of the systems within the interventional lab in high definition; this preserves the fine details of diagnostic and imaging data using proprietary compression technology.

Additionally, the platform enhances the physician workflow by providing a consolidated user interface of multiple systems on a single display to enable greater focus on the patient. 

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