Technology | May 10, 2012

CompuMed to Offer GE Healthcare's ECG Technology for New Telemedicine Platform

Collaboration Enhances CompuMed's ECG Data for Cardiologists With GE Healthcare's MAC 800 Technology

May 10, 2012 — CompuMed, Inc. announced it will offer GE Healthcare's compact ECG platform, the MAC 800, as part of a next-generation telemedicine enhanced electrocardiogram (ECG) system. CardioGram System 907 is the latest evolution of CardioGram technology and combines data communications and telemedicine services to allow clinicians the ability to instantly access cardiologists for immediate ECG over-reads and teleconsulting.

"Our new CardioGram System 907 puts the cardiologist inside the machine," said CompuMed CEO Maurizio Vecchione. "GE Healthcare's advanced algorithms, combined with our integrated telemedicine services, provides full-time access to cardiology specialists in clinical settings that do not traditionally have these clinical experts."

Vecchione added that this allows low-risk patients to be accurately evaluated, preventing frequent false positives that result in unnecessary, costly and high-risk patients transfers. The new system offers features designed to meet the needs of markets such as rural healthcare, mental health facilities, surgery centers, assisted living centers and correctional healthcare.

"The MAC 800 at the heart of the new CardioGram System represents further advancement of ECG technology. Leveraging innovations in clinical measurement and algorithm interpretation, the MAC 800 helps minimize the time spent over-reading ECGs and aids in delivering accurate results for sub-acute populations. A critical challenge in sub-acute clinical environments is the non-specialized nature of the clinical staff, which can result in poor quality ECGs," said Yuval Shaked, general manager of diagnostic cardiology, GE Healthcare.

To meet this challenge the MAC 800 incorporates GE Healthcare's Hookup Advisor, which monitors lead signal quality and is designed to rapidly and effectively review ECG waveforms. It searches the recording for signs and causes of artifact, or noise that comes from sources other than the heart, including muscle artifact, baseline wonder, power line interference and electrode noise. Additionally, the MAC 800 provides real-time feedback to the health practitioner with suggestions for improved lead quality.

Low-quality ECGs can present challenges to accurate interpretation by technicians and by computerized ECG interpretation. Failure to minimize and recognize artifact while recording and to identify it during interpretation may result in an incorrect diagnosis of arrhythmias and other cardiac abnormalities, which can lead to unnecessary or inaccurate interventions and treatment.

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