HP iPAQ Pocket PCs Help Diagnose Heart Attack Patients Quicker

3/1/2004 - HP announced that NorthEast Medical Center of North Carolina has deployed a new digitized Cardiac and Imaging Information System utilizing the HP iPAQ Pocket PC h5450 to more quickly diagnose heart attack patients.

Trained Carrabus emergency medical service technicians use the handheld device combined with a wireless service to transmit detailed EKG reports to cardiologists who determine if patients need to go directly to the hospital's catheterization lab from the field for a cardiac procedure. The early notification of a patient's heart health enables the hospital to properly prepare for a patient's arrival saving much time and minimizing pain and heart muscle damage.

"HP delivers healthcare solutions that empower mobile healthcare professionals with secure, wireless access to patient records while away from the hospital, from anywhere there is coverage - extending the enterprise to the patient's home or even an ambulance," said Chuck Kinzel, director, Americas Healthcare Industry Vertical, HP. "NorthEast Medical Center's Cardiac and Imaging System is another example of how HP mobile technology plays a vital role in delivering better patient care."

For the six months that this Cardiac and Imaging Information System has been deployed, NorthEast Medical Center has set a new national benchmark for heart catheterization "door-to-dilation" response - the time between the patient's arrival at a cardiac catheterization lab from the field while bypassing the emergency department and the successful completion of an angioplasty procedure to alleviate the effects of a blocked coronary artery. The NorthEast Medical Center holds the new national benchmark of 27 minutes compared to the national average of 104 minutes.

"We've experienced the satisfying results of when mobile technology, people, communications and careful planning work together to save lives," said Dr. Paul Campbell, M.D., cardiologist, NorthEast Medical Center. "We hope hospitals across the country consider deploying a similar solution given the rise of heart disease in the United States."

NorthEast Medical Center is currently educating residents to activate this emergency response system by dialing 9-1-1 when recognizing signs and symptoms of a heart attack.

The Cardiac and Imaging Information System consists of: HP iPAQ Pocket PC h5450, HP DeskPro workstations, and third-party mobile monitors, EKG application software, and wireless network and service.

NorthEast Medical Center, located in Concord, N.C., is a regional 457-bed, not-for-profit medical center, with a reputation for excellence built on advanced technology, medical staff talent, quality, and compassionate care.

HP's healthcare solutions help transform business processes and increase profitability across the entire healthcare enterprise - from hospital information systems, to privacy and security offerings, to mobile healthcare solutions. By partnering with a broad range of software vendors, HP Healthcare offers customers greater choice of open, industry-standard platforms, standards-based solutions and lower risk. More information about HP Healthcare is available at http://www.hp.com/go/himss2004.

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