Practice Fusion, AliveCor Unite to Benefit Care of Cardiac Rhythm Disorders Remotely
(ED NOTE: Seem like this partnership is a benefit for the real value of mHealth; the utilization of computer technology to improve the quality of healthcare, as well as the cost. Think of it. You are a Cardiac Electrophysiologist, and you get a call from a patient, who you recently cardioverted to a sinus rhythm from atrial fibrillation. He calls you from his office, about 45 minutes away. You check your computer software, where you see his rhythm is dangerously high at 180 to 200.
You advise him to immediately call an ambulance and go to the closest ER. NOT come to the office, and we will check it out. NOT drive to the hospital ER. You are now enabled to keep a closer eye on the patient, and everyone benefits.)
A new partnership aims to help physicians keep in constant contact with patients who have heart problems.
AliveCor has announced that the company’s HeartMonitor ECG readings can now be imported into Practice Fusion’s Electronic Health Record, giving physicians a real-time link to a patient’s heart rate. The AliveCor Heart Monitor is a FDA-cleared mobile ECG recorded, supporting both iPhone and Android smartphones, that records, displays, stores and transfers single-channel ECG rhythms wirelessly.
Practice Fusion offers a free EHR that is used by some 100,000 physicians around the country, according to company officials. Through the AliveECG app physicians will be able to record an ECG, seek an expert review, annotate and transfer the data to the Practice Fusion EHR within seconds.
“We are delighted to offer our community the opportunity to access AliveCor ECG recordings on the Practice Fusion platform,” said Matt Douglass, Practice Fusion’s co-founder and vice president of platform, in a press release. “More doctors will have 24/7 access to smartphone-based ECG readings in real-time than ever before.”
San Francisco-based AliveCor is one of the front-runners in the mobile heart monitoring field, launching in 2008 and securing FDA clearance in 2012. The monitor was part of a “checkup of the future” smartphone physical demonstration at TEDMED 2013 last April in New York, and is part of Scripps Health’s Wired for Health initiative.
Last year Eric Topol, MD, Scripps Health’s chief academic officer demonstrated the monitor’s capabilities when he used it to diagnose a passenger having a heart attack on a cross-country flight from Washington D.C. to San Diego. Topol’s recommendation prompted the flight crew to divert to the nearest airport, and the passenger was rushed to a hospital and treated.
Practice Fusion also has a play in mHealth. Last year the San Francisco-based company announced a marketing agreement with Ringadoc, giving the company’s EHR users access to a telehealth platform.