ACC: Agfa promotes new remote cardiovascular review station

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Diagnostic imaging and health IT technologies provider Agfa HealthCare released its enterprise-wide cardiology image and information management system, Impax Cardiovascular Review Station (CRS) Remote, earlier this month at the annual conference of the American College of Cardiology (ACC) in Atlanta.

The system is “a review station for the various cardiology modalities for imaging, advanced visualization and reporting,” said Lisa Braunreuther, Agfa's global business manager. Impax, which connects cardiac catheterization, echocardiography, vascular ultrasound and nuclear cardiology modalities and enterprise information systems to provide a longitudinal view of cardiovascular patient data from a single point of access, is intended for secondary image review and can be viewed from any Windows device, said the company.

“The problem that we are trying to solve here is that typically we have our workstations in one or two locations throughout the entire hospital but the physicians don’t spend most of their time in that room,” explained Brandon Smith-Elion, technical product manager. “We want to give them access to go to their office or clinic in a different location and the CRS allows them to have access to the full-functionality review station from different locations.”

Braunreuther noted that that the introduction of this product extends functionality to remote users, "who are no longer satisfied with limited functionality in the remote clinic or in the referring hospital," she said.

Impax CRS Remote will be available for shipment in the second quarter of this year, said Agfa.

Agfa also introduced new functionally for its Impax HeartStation ECG Management System, a data management solution for automating the processing and storage of electrocardiograms. The company said the system allows for the ability to display, review, edit, confirm, print and archive historical and current ECGs throughout the secure hospital network from one point of access, and now supports 15-lead ECG. The technology provides the ability to store and view stress test and Holter monitor measurements.

According to Braunreuther, the new capabilities make the Impax HeartStation a “competitive system for ECG management."