In 2011, MedStar Washington Hospital Center unveiled CodeHeart, a secure mobile app, which provided a real-time video stream for
Emergency Departments to discuss ECGs with interventional cardiologists in the hospital’s Cath Lab. The app, conceptualized by Lowell F. Satler, MD, director of Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory at MedStar Washington Hospital Center in partnership with Vigilant Medical, proved to be a vast improvement over faxing ECGs, which could be missed.
Cardiovascular Revascularization Medicine, a study published in 2015, found that the application allowed heart attack patients to be treated more quickly—some an average of 30 percent faster—reducing potential heart damage.
This spring, the third iteration of CodeHeart is making its way into area EDs, allowing for secure texting of ECGs.
“We’ve used the CodeHeart app successfully for years,” says Eileen Searson, manager, Transformational Technology. “Texting is the preferred method of communication, and cell phone cameras are so good now that you can zoom in, manipulate the images, and send multiple ECGs, for comparison."
"This is how it works," she says. "You open the application and take the picture within the app. The picture resides in the secure app and not on your phone. It’s easy to use!”
"When it comes to treating a patient who appears to be suffering from chest pain or other heart attack symptoms, every second counts. CodeHeart helps us provide optimal care as quickly as possible and effectively treat every heart patient who comes to our facility. As the technology continues to advance, we are able to save more lives and achieve faster treatment times than we could have imagined five or ten years ago." —Lowell F. Satler, MD
For more information about the CodeHeart app, please call 202-877-2704