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Legacy can push ECGs to cardiologists’ iPhones

January 2013

In October Legacy became the first hospital system in Oregon to launch the LIFENET System to improve care and outcomes for heart attack patients.

The new system enables emergency responders to securely transmit an electrocardiogram (ECG) to the nearest Legacy emergency department. The ECG information is then pushed out remotely to cardiologists’ iPhones to be read and diagnosed; a care plan is then initiated for the patient. The ease of communication throughout the care team helps save critical time.

Legacy is donating LIFENET, valued at a total of $188,000, to regional Emergency Medical Service (EMS) response agencies from Scappoose to Canby.

"Legacy’s implementation of the LIFENET System is about getting the right people the right information at the right time to save more lives," said Shawn Patrick, M.D., medical director of cardiovascular services at Legacy.

The first successful 12-lead ECG was transmitted to Legacy Good Samaritan Medical Center on Nov. 14 from the Scappoose Fire District. This dispatch was for a patient in cardiac arrest. Scappoose successfully transmitted the patient’s ECG from an ambulance while en route to the hospital.

Dr. Patrick, the physician on the receiving end of the transmission at Legacy Good Samaritan, said he could immediately see that the patient’s condition necessitated activation of the cath lab. As a result of developing a care plan while the patient was being transported to the hospital, cath lab staff was activated and ready.