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GE joins forces with Biosense Webster

"Clinicians have told us they needed a way for monitoring and three-dimensional mapping systems to communicate," said Mike Genau, vice president of cardiology systems for GE Medical Systems Information Technologies. "We believe this interface will improve clinicians' ability to diagnose cardiac disease and enhance patient care.”

Until now, clinicians conducting EP studies have had to work with physically separate and electronically isolated systems for cardiac monitoring and three-dimensional mapping, which simultaneously assess the electrical properties of the heart muscle with the anatomy of the heart. To review cases, they have had to shuttle back and forth between workstations. The combined system allows the monitoring and three-dimensional mapping systems to share information in real time.

GE anticipates that clinicians will be able to share patient demographics between the two systems and access one complete case report form.

Mark Josephson, M.D., Chief of the Cardiovascular Division at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, said he was pleased to learn that GE and Biosense Webster were working on the interface. "For some time, EP physicians have seen a need for communication between three-dimensional mapping and monitoring stations," Josephson said. "I believe this interface has potential to provide clinical value and to create workflow efficiencies in the EP lab. I look forward to seeing the result of the alliance."


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Lincoln Brunner is a Stevens Point, Wisconsin-based freelance writer and a regular contributor to the Wisconsin Technology Network. He can be reached at Lincoln@wistechnology.com.

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