Nashville, Tenn., (March 28, 2012) – When it comes to improved cardiac care, there’s an app for that at TriStar Centennial Medical Center, which was among the first TriStar Health facilities to acquire and implement an innovative application that allows clinicians to access near real-time electrocardiograph (ECG) data on their iPhone® and iPad®.
TriStar Centennial Heart & Vascular Center cardiologists are now using the secure software solution, called AirStrip CARDIOLOGY™, which enables:
- Quicker, more accurate cardiac care decisions
- Stronger, faster communication with emergency medical technicians conducting ECG in the field
- Shorter average time for heart attack patients to get proper care once in the emergency room
- Faster access to off-site physicians for ECG review
Sister facilities TriStar Summit and TriStar Skyline are also using the technology. TriStar Health is the first Tennessee health system to use AirStrip CARDIOLOGY.
“AirStrip CARDIOLOGY can strengthen patient care at Centennial Heart & Vascular Center by contributing to shorter hospital stays and more informed decision-making to determine the most appropriate treatment,” said Brian Jefferson, MD, an AirStrip CARDIOLOGY user at Centennial Heart & Vascular Center. “In the past we had to review printouts, PDF files or faxes of ECGs, which is inefficient. With this technology, actionable ECG data is immediately available, and we can respond faster than ever.”
AirStrip CARDIOLOGY uses data from the GE Healthcare MUSE® Cardiology Information System, is cleared by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and is compliant with federal patient privacy regulations.
“AirStrip CARDIOLOGY supports our commitment to implementing technology that helps us deliver the most advanced cardiac care possible,” added James Drumwright, chief operating officer of the Centennial Heart & Vascular Center. “Our cardiologists can see an ECG in a matter of moments after the ambulance picks up the patient. That helps us assess the patient’s condition right away, and make the best care decision possible.
“The ECG is one of the most common tools used to assess heart patients - and in cardiac care, every minute counts,” Jefferson added.
Centennial Medical Center, part of HCA/TriStar Health System, is a 657-bed facility that is accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO). One of Tennessee’s most complete medical facilities, the hospital campus is home to The Sarah Cannon Cancer Center at Centennial, Women’s & Children’s Hospital at Centennial, Centennial Heart & Vascular Center as well as Parthenon Pavilion, one of the oldest and largest full-service psychiatric facilities in the region. Round-the-clock care is also available at Centennial Medical Center at Ashland City, a critical access hospital in nearby Cheatham County. To learn more, visit TriStarHealth.com and click on Centennial Medical Center or call 800-242-5662.