News | November 05, 2007

Boston Scientific, GE Link Cardiac Data to EMR

November 6, 2007 - Boston Scientific Corp. and GE Healthcare today announced a patient data integration between a cardiac rhythm management remote monitoring system and a physician's electronic medical record, currently installed at Seattle Cardiology and Cardiology Consultants of Philadelphia.

The co-development uses Boston Scientific’s LATITUDE Patient Management system to allow clinicians to collect information from a patient’s implanted cardiac device to eventually save within the GE Centricity Electronic Medical Record (EMR) system in the form of lab results.

“Having electronic access to a more comprehensive medical record enables me to provide even better care for my device patients,” said R. Jeffrey Westcott, M.D., director, Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory, Swedish Heart and Vascular Institute, Seattle, WA. “The additional upside is less paperwork and the ability to easily collaborate with other physicians who are managing other aspects of the patient’s care.”

“The collaboration between GE Healthcare and Boston Scientific provides a more comprehensive patient record and enables physicians to make more accurate decisions regarding their patients” said Dr. Scott Hessen, chief, Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology, Cardiology Consultants of Philadelphia, PA.

GE’s Centricity EMR is an electronic medical record system that enables ambulatory care physicians and clinical staff to document patient encounters, streamline clinical workflow, and securely exchange clinical data with other providers, patients, and information systems.

Boston Scientific’s LATITUDE Patient Management system is designed to remotely monitor specific device and cardiac status information for physicians, which gives patients peace of mind knowing their device is being monitored on a scheduled basis. Since LATITUDE Patient Management was first introduced in 2005, more than 70,000 patients have been enrolled on the system at more than 1,700 clinics across the United States. The system is designed to promote compliance among patients while also enabling physicians to intervene earlier in a patient’s care with actionable data.

Available as an optional component to the LATITUDE Patient Management system is the industry’s first and only wireless weight scale and blood pressure cuff, which is aligned with the ACC/AHA physician society guidelines that recommend monitoring weight and blood pressure.

For more information: www.bostonscientific.com and www.gehealthcare.com

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