At the heart of EMR integration

February 26, 2014 in Medical Technology

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.

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