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Transatlantic collaboration features live case arrhythmia procedure interactions

Stereotaxis : 01 May, 2008  (Company News)
The first ever bi-directional live case transmission and training course has been conducted via the Stereotaxis Odyssey Network.
Odyssey Network connected electrophysiologists at San Raffaele University Hospital in Milan, Italy with their colleagues at Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville, Georgia.

Using the Odyssey Network, clinicians in Milan and Gainesville transmitted consecutive live cases performed on their respective Stereotaxis Niobe Magnetic Navigation Systems, enabling the viewing of the cases at both locations in real-time.

Prof Carlo Pappone, MD, PhD, FACC, director of the Department of Arrhythmology at San Raffaele University Hospital, Milan, Italy, commented, 'I believe that Odyssey represents a breakthrough in EP lab information management, and this recent procedure collaboration with our colleagues at Northeast Georgia Medical Center highlights the capability of the Odyssey network to enable live case transmission, remote procedure sharing, and even remote training.'

'The capabilities of the Odyssey platform have exceeded my expectations,' said Karthik Ramaswamy, MD, FACC, director of Electrophysiology Lab, Northeast Georgia Medical Center. 'Network events such as these can greatly enhance progress in our specialty by allowing physicians to share information in an unprecedented way.'

'Our Odyssey Network is the culmination of our drive to fully integrate all of the systems in a typical EP lab around our information management platform, and to connect lab-to-lab within, and between hospitals,' said Bevil J Hogg, chief executive officer of Stereotaxis. 'With more than 20 Odyssey Workstations presently ordered, and a robust pipeline of prospective customers, we expect the global Odyssey Network will quickly gain momentum and contribute significantly to our revenues over time. We believe our vision for a fully integrated, automated, and networked electrophysiology lab has the potential to be adopted worldwide as the standard of care for the interventional treatment of arrhythmias. As events like the San Raffaele/Northeast Georgia collaboration occur across the network, we expect network content such as remote collaboration, training or consultation, to multiply independently of Stereotaxis, and we anticipate Odyssey playing a major role in advancing physician technique and related patient outcomes, while improving procedure workflow efficiency.'

Stereotaxis will demonstrate the remote capabilities of Odyssey at Heart Rhythm 2008, to be held from May 14 to 17, 2008 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, USA. Using the consolidated display of the Odyssey Workstation installed in Stereotaxis' Booth 304, visitors will be able to remotely drive a Niobe Magnetic Navigation System located at Stereotaxis' St. Louis, Missouri headquarters.

New remote viewing and archiving capabilities for Odyssey will also be highlighted at HRS, with the introduction of Odyssey Cinema. This will enable physicians to receive a real-time high definition view of a procedure from any point in the network, thereby providing them with a significant new tool for sharing information independently, and/or providing remote consultation or training.

Odyssey Cinema includes a powerful archiving capability that will allow clinicians to store and subsequently replay entire procedures, or segments of procedures. Odyssey Cinema will be available for sale toward the end of 2008 in conjunction with the currently available Odyssey Workstation, and the two products will have a combined list price of approximately $450,000 and are expected to generate for Stereotaxis incremental annual software license, service, and network connection fees.
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