The Department of Veterans Affairs is trialing a new communication system that can get critical medical info to a physician on his way to the patient’s bedside. Developed by mVisum of Cedar Brook, NJ, the technology allows fast transfer of clinical data to a smartphone for immediate review.
OhMyGov blog reports:
Prior to the pilot phase, the VA tested the technology internally. Of 600 EKGs read on a Blackberry mobile device, 599 were correct diagnoses. The correct diagnosis rate signals an exciting new reality for telehealth. Clear digital imaging offers new modes of diagnosis and treatment for remote patient populations that may lack access to specialists, as well as more timely care in metropolitan and congested areas. The smartphone EKG project exemplifies the potential for telehealth technologies.
In order to take advantage of the technology, the VA uses a GE Muse server and digital EKG. The mVisum software knows when an EKG is taken and grabs a copy (as does its internal EHR). If a call is placed regarding a patient, the cardiologist can scroll through the EKGs, locating the patient of interest and view the image off-site. Everything is server-based, so the EKG does not reside on the phone-when the physician logs out, there is no accessible data left on the phone.