This technology is expected to save on resources - It takes time to mobilize the cath lab team, especially after-hours.
The service is made available through Physio-Control's LIFENET STEMI (ST-segment Elevation Myocardial Infarction) Management Solution system. Hospitals can subscribe to the service made available through Physio-Control, a division of MedTronic.
No servers or hardware installation is required to use LIFENET. The software enables hospitals to choose to whom and where transmissions are sent.
In the past, EKG monitors in Paris EMS ambulances were able to transmit readings via phone lines, but it was often a time-consuming and cumbersome process that failed more often than not. Readings sent via fax to the hospital weren't always clear. This system eliminates those problems.