GE Healthcare is introducing its latest innovations in cardiac diagnostic tools to help empower physicians to make fast, accurate diagnoses that can potentially improve patient outcomes
Providing clinical intelligence for early diagnosis of heart disease, CASE and CS Diagnostic Systems from GE Healthcare enable physicians to access more clinically relevant information through expanded connectivity options and unique algorithms.
Showcased at the American College of Cardiologists 2011 meeting, GE Healthcare’s CASE Exercise Testing now offers two new tools. The first is a patented Exercise Test Interpretation (XTI) statement that highlights critical values used in stress testing. These values allow for advanced analysis of risk prediction, functional response and ischemia. This additional information provides clinicians with insight into early heart disease, allowing them to make better treatment decisions.
The second new tool, GE Healthcare’s ST/HR hysteresis analysis feature, enables increased accuracy1 in detecting coronary artery disease in women and adds confidence in identifying the most appropriate treatment according to a clinical study conducted by Dr. Kati Svart, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Tampere University of Technology, Finland.
Additionally, risk-predicting algorithms, including the Duke Treadmill Score, the patented T-wave Alternans and Heart Rate Recovery, assist physicians in predicting which patients are at risk of sudden cardiac death.
GE Healthcare uses industry standard communication protocols, including HL7, Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine (DICOM), XML, and TCP/IP. The DICOM Modality Worklist supports bi-directional data exchange and simultaneous review of imaging and ECG data, to improve dual modality procedure efficiency. The Web view feature allows Internet access to procedure reports from anywhere, with access privileges.
Built on the GE Healthcare CASE platform and leveraging all of its diagnostic capabilities and more, the CS Diagnostic System is a PC-based data acquisition and management solution that provides high quality multi-parameter functionality for resting ECG, stress testing, ambulatory blood pressure and spirometry. This solution connects seamlessly to more EMRs (compared to the prior software version), creates paperless workflow and an integrated continuum of care.
Whatever the practice size, the CS v6.6 from GE Healthcare offers a completely scalable IT framework that works either as a standalone module or in a networked LAN or Web-enabled environment with multiple acquisition and editing workstations. CS Diagnostic System can operate in a Citrix thin client or traditional networked environment with data security measures to control access and privileges.
“The new CS Diagnostic System offers physician offices and hospitals access to quality data, versatile IT solutions with remote access through CS Web, and new diagnostic support tools to help empower doctors to make more confident diagnosis of heart disease,” said Dr. Matthias Weber, General Manager of Measurement Technologies in GE Healthcare’s Patient Care Solutions business. “We realize that demands on physicians continue to increase and with that the drive for greater efficiency. That’s why we continue to develop innovative, quality diagnostic tools to meet their needs.”
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1Svart K, et al. “Exercise electrocardiography detection of coronary artery disease by ST-segment depression/heart rate hysteresis in women: The Finnish Cardiovascular Study,” Int J Cardiol (2008), doi:10.1016/j.ijcard.2008.11.038.