Technology | March 16, 2010

Enhanced Vendor-Neutral ECG Data Management Solution Supports 15-Leads

March 16, 2010 — A comprehensive data management solution for automating the processing and storage of electrocardiograms will be unveiled at ACC 2010.

Agfa HealthCare is showcasing its newly enhanced capabilities for its IMPAX HeartStation ECG Management System, which now supports 15-lead ECG and provides the ability to store and view stress test and Holter monitor measurements.
 
Automating ECG processing and storage with IMPAX HeartStation improves clinical workflow. The system provides a single point of access to historical and current ECG exams in a universally familiar and easy-to-read format. It improves physician access to ECG exams by providing the ability to display, review, edit, confirm, print, and archive ECGs throughout the secure hospital network, wherever it extends.
 
The system supports both 12- and 15-lead ECG. In keeping with Agfa HealthCare's commitment to interoperability and open standards, IMPAX HeartStation is a vendor-neutral solution. It is compatible with equipment from multiple vendors of ECG carts (including GE, Philips, Mortara, and Schiller), stress test equipment, and Holter monitors. Such flexibility allows healthcare facilities to purchase ECG equipment of their choice or leverage existing equipment investments.
 
IMPAX HeartStation accelerates decision-making for patient care because ECGs can be included in the patient's web-accessible cardiology record. Seamless integration with the IMPAX Cardiovascular Suite, Agfa HealthCare's cardiovascular image management and reporting solution-or any cardiovascular information system (CVIS)-means that ECGs are stored in patient records along with other modality images and reports in the same database, and are available for review within the context of the complete patient record. Previous results are readily accessible, making serial comparisons easy and fast.
 
IMPAX HeartStation is designed to serve the diverse needs of multiple hospitals and their differing analysis and workflow patterns within a single, unified system. Comprehensive workflow management software guides the processing of an ECG from the time it is received from a cardiograph, until the final diagnostic report is stored in the CVIS database and exported to the EMR. Workflow is based on easily configurable rules of conditions met that automate specified outcomes such as report distribution, storage, and export.

The system was designed with direct input from cardiologists, ECG department managers, and healthcare chief information officers. It is part of Agfa HealthCare's IMPAX Cardiovascular Suite, a single, integrated cardiovascular information system for cardiac catheterization, echocardiography, vascular ultrasound, cardiac CT/CTA, nuclear cardiology, and ECG data.

IMPAX HeartStation ECG Management System and IMPAX Cardiovascular Suite will be on display at booth number 1833.

For more information: www.agfa.com

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