Washington Hospital Using Mobile Apps in Care of Critical Patients

Mobile applications are playing an increasingly larger role in the way doctors and hospitals care for patients. The hospital at the center of today’s mHealth buzz is Washington Hospital Center, the facility behind “CodeHeart,” the highly secure mobile application solution developed and customized in collaboration with AT&T that provides a real-time video and audio stream …   Read More

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Mobile applications are playing an increasingly larger role in the way doctors and hospitals care for patients.

The hospital at the center of today’s mHealth buzz is Washington Hospital Center, the facility behind “CodeHeart,” the highly secure mobile application solution developed and customized in collaboration with AT&T that provides a real-time video and audio stream that can be used in critical care situations, such as ambulances in transit.

According to an example presented in a press release issued by the medical facility, the solution can be used by hospital cardiologists to view, in real-time, a patient’s condition while simultaneously speaking with the patient’s first responder or the attending Emergency Department (ED) physician. Importantly, the solution also provides physicians the ability to view vital signs and test results–like electrocardiograms (ECG)–captured through the real-time video feed.

Using the mobile application, cardiologists can assess and prepare cardiac treatment before the patient arrives at the ED. See how the solution works in this video.

The custom application can be downloaded to mobile devices of authorized physicians or hospital workstations, and allows instant streaming or video archiving via AT&T’s network and is designed to transport and store protected health information in accordance with the HIPAA Security Rule.

“Washington Hospital Center has been in the forefront in heart care for decades,” said Lowell Satler, MD, director of Interventional Cardiology at the Hospital Center. “When it comes to treating a patient who appears to be suffering from chest pain or other heart attack symptoms, every second counts. CodeHeart delivered from AT&T’s network helps us provide optimal care as quickly as possible and effectively treat every heart patient that comes to our facility.”

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