NATICK, Mass. and BARRINGTON, Ill., Nov. 6 Boston Scientific Corporation (NYSE: BSX) and GE Healthcare (NYSE: GE) todayannounced the industry's first patient data integration between a cardiacrhythm management remote monitoring system and a physician's electronicmedical record, currently installed at Seattle Cardiology and CardiologyConsultants of Philadelphia.
The integration uses Boston Scientific's LATITUDE(R) Patient Managementsystem to allow clinicians to access information from a patient's implantedcardiac device and store within the GE Centricity(R) Electronic Medical Record(EMR) system in the form of lab results.
"Having electronic access to a more comprehensive medical record enablesme to provide even better care for my device patients," said R. JeffreyWestcott, M.D., Director, Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory, Swedish Heartand Vascular Institute, Seattle, WA. "The additional upside is less paperworkand the ability to easily collaborate with other physicians who are managingother aspects of the patient's care."
"The collaboration between GE Healthcare and Boston Scientific provides amore comprehensive patient record and enables physicians to make more accuratedecisions regarding their patients," said Dr. Scott Hessen, Chief, ClinicalCardiac Electrophysiology, Cardiology Consultants of Philadelphia, PA.
GE's Centricity EMR is an electronic medical record system that enablesambulatory care physicians and clinical staff to document patient encounters,streamline clinical workflow, and securely exchange clinical data with otherproviders, patients, and information systems. Among the most widely usedambulatory care electronic medical records, Centricity EMR empowers healthcareproviders to deliver the highest quality of care at lower costs.
Boston Scientific's LATITUDE Patient Management system is designed toremotely monitor specific device and cardiac status information forphysicians, which gives patients peace of mind knowing their device is beingmonitored on a scheduled basis. Since LATITUDE Patient Management was firstintroduced in 2005, more than 70,000 patients have been enrolled on the systemat more than 1,700 clinics across the United States. The system is designed topromote compliance among patients while also enabling physicians to interveneearlier in a patient's care with actionable data.
Available as an optional component to the LATITUDE Patient Managementsystem is the industry's first and only wireless weight scale and bloodpressure cuff, which is aligned with the ACC/AHA physician society guidelinesthat recommend monitoring weight and blood pressure.
About GE Healthcare
GE Healthcare provides transformational medical technologies and servicesthat are shaping a new age of patient care. GE Healthcare's expertise inmedical imaging and information technologies, medical diagnostics, patientmonitoring systems, performance improvement, drug discovery, andbiopharmaceutical manufacturing technologies is helping clinicians around theworld re-imagine new ways to predict, diagnose, inform, treat and monitordisease, so patients can live their lives to the fullest.
GE Healthcare's broad range of products and services enable healthcareproviders to better diagnose and treat cancer, heart disease, neurologicaldiseases and other conditions earlier. Our vision for the future is to enablea new "early health" model of care focused on earlier diagnosis,pre-symptomatic disease detection and disease prevention. Headquartered in theUnited Kingdom, GE Healthcare is a $17 billion unit of General ElectricCompany (NYSE: GE). Worldwide, GE Healthcare employs more than 46,000 peoplecommitted to serving healthcare professionals and their patients in more than100 countries. For more information about GE Healthcare, visit our website atwww.gehealthcare.com.
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