Washington DC VA Is Proving That A BlackBerry Is Good For The Heart

September 15, 2009 | By | Add a Comment


Since I listed the article about the 25 health apps, I wanted to mention a very interesting article by Al Sacco which is about Washington DC VA Medical Center and how they are using the BlackBerry to save lives. It is the first hospital in the US to use a fully-automated version of mVisums mobile EKG-monitoring application.

This is innovative and exciting. Imagine the potential, and it’s clearly showing positive results. Not only is this becoming a life-saving investment, it’s reducing the average stay of cardiac patients and healthcare costs. We’ve all become familiar with EKG’s, blood pressure machines, and many of us are becoming more health conscious. Eleven DCVAMC cardiologists have been successfully using a custom BlackBerry application for heart-specialists for more than six months at the Washington DCVAMC.

The Washington DCVAMC is one of 153 nation-wide medical centers.

The program mVisum helps cardiologists remotely diagnosis heart-attack-types and it promotes communication with those involved in the healthcare of the patient. mVisum can  decrease time drastically for patients to receive immediate and appropriate care based on the EKG readings available to cardiologists on their smartphones, leaving the physician to be in charge without necessarily having to be there in person. Before, they sometimes would wake up an offsite cardiologist to read the EKG.  The other benefit is it saves time, money and shortens the stay. There are different types of heart attacks, most of which require treatment immediately for the chance of full recovery.

These are some of the positive data so far received:

505 of the 506 EKGs were transmitted from the mVisum server to doctors’ BlackBerry devices without any issue.

EKG transmission time was less than 3 minutes in 95% of cases.

Acute STEMIs were correctly diagnosed in all cases.

Cardiac rhythm was correctly interpreted in about 90% of all cases.

Cardiac conduction was correctly interpreted in about 98% of all cases.

Now who would argue that a BlackBerry a day can keep the doctor away? So once again, BlackBerry over an apple a day…

You can read Al Sacco’s article, “BlackBerry at D.C. VA Medical Center: Saving Heart-Attack Victims With Handhelds” in its entirety here.

[via: CIO]

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