Etisalat debuts cardiology e-Health system

Solution was tested at RAK Hospital, allows doctors to remotely access ECG data

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Etisalat debuts cardiology e-Health system Etisalat has partnered with GE Healthcare to develop a cardiology e-Health programme, which allows doctors to access ECG results on either their computers or smartphones. (ITP Images)
By  Georgina Enzer Published  July 13, 2011

Etisalat has implemented the UAE's first cardiology e-Health solution in partnership with GE Healthcare. The solution, which makes ECG readings accessible on both smartphones and computers, has the potential of reducing Cardio Vascular Disease (CVD) and related ailments in the UAE.

The cloud-based Cardiology e-Health solution was implemented as a pilot project at the RAK Hospital and is designed to enable remote monitoring of ECG (Electrocardiograms) using Etisalat mobile services and GE's MUSE ECG data management system.

"RAK Hospital, has positioned itself as a pioneer in several areas of Healthcare Management and Delivery, and as part of this agenda, we have taken up this challenging task and joined a team of industry leaders in healthcare and telecommunications. Our joint aim is to bring to the people of the region access to world class, life saving cardiac care, and more specifically, cardiac interventions. Heart disease is one of the top killers globally and the UAE is no exception, so our method of remote ECG Screening, backed up with the possibility of immediate treatment  for high risk cases will, give a new lease of life to several patients who have as yet not had access to such care.  We thank GE and Etisalat for participating in this pioneering initiative in the field of Healthcare delivery, which will certainly save many lives in the region," said Raza Siddiqui, executive director at RAK Hospital.

The system allows doctors to electronically receive, read, review and analyse ECGs on their computers or smartphones, which can then be reviewed at any time from home or work on a 24x7 basis.

Etisalat Data Centres will also provide Electronic Patient Record storage and management and the solution will enable serial ECG analysis by comparing previous ECGs belonging to the patient to the most up-to-date ones, thereby keeping a record of the cardiac health status of the patient.

"With the increasing need to limit the risks of cardiovascular diseases in UAE, , it is necessary for health care providers to deploy innovative and enabling technologies to tackle these medical challenges for the welfare of the community whilst at the same time optimising cost efficiencies. Etisalat has joined hands with GE Healthcare and RAK Hospital to provide the UAE's first remote ECG monitoring solution that leverages the strengths of these organisations in their respective areas of expertise - telecommunications, healthcare innovation and healthcare delivery. This innovative pilot solution deployed at RAK Hospital, is an excellent example of Etisalat's vision and the active role a telecom leader can play in improving the quality of healthcare through Real Time, Collaborative, Clinical Information sharing," said Paul Taylor, executive vice president, Business at Etisalat.

Etisalat has deployed GE's MUSE Cardiology Information system on a software-as-a-service business model for hospitals and clinics. According to Etisalat, the cloud-based solution would be extremely beneficial for remote hospitals and clinics that have limited or no availability of cardiologists, and who could liaise with hospitals such as RAK Hospital to send ECG data feeds to cardiologists and take timely advice for their patients.

"Being cloud based, the strength of this solution lies in its cost-effectiveness.  Remote hospitals and clinics in the UAE can deploy this service at a fraction of a cost, and benefit from expert cardiology advice from bigger hospitals such as RAK hospital, enabling effective and timely patient care," added Mr. Taylor.

The solution may also aid government departments by providing insight into cardiology data relating to residents across the UAE. Government departments can then use this data to analyse the state of healthcare and build profiles to create an ongoing information base to monitor and improve cardiology standards, according to Etisalat.

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