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First patient data link between remote CMR monitoring system and EMR is achieved

Boston Scientific : 06 November, 2007  (New Product)
Boston Scientific and GE Healthcare have announced the industry's first patient data integration between a cardiac rhythm management remote monitoring system and a physician's electronic medical record (EMR).
The EMR is currently installed at Seattle Cardiology and Cardiology Consultants of Philadelphia.

The integration uses Boston Scientific's Latitude Patient Management system to allow clinicians to access information from a patient's implanted cardiac device and store 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, MD, director, Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory, Swedish Heart
and Vascular Institute, Seattle, Washington, USA.

'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, Pennsylvania, USA.

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.

Among the most widely used ambulatory care electronic medical records, Centricity EMR empowers healthcare providers to deliver the highest quality of care at lower costs.

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 USA. 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.
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