Cerner, Mortara to partner towards advancing diagnostic cardiology
Health IT vendor Cerner Corp. and Mortara Instrument, a non-invasive cardiology healthcare technology company, announced a joint engineering effort that will utilize the DICOM open standard to provide full-featured diagnostic capabilities within an electronic medical record (EMR).

The move is a step to advance electrocardiogram (ECG) workflow with an additional goal of eliminating the need for ECG management systems, the companies said. The use of the DICOM ECG standard allows the EMR to receive and present raw ECG data seconds after it has been acquired. Combining the diagnostic ECG with the EMR now opens the door for more advances in ECG, as greater EMR data can be properly utilized.

The agreement will see Cerner provide the E-Scribe ECG feature and functionality from its Millennium platform as part of PowerChart ECG – a system that will include the Mortara technology. PowerChart ECG also will improve ECG workflow in other Cerner systems including PowerChart electronic medical record, iNet for the ICU, FirstNet for the emergency room and CVNet for cardiology.

"We are very pleased to partner with Cerner on the advancement of the ECG DICOM Standard. This standard is a logical progression to continue the integration of the non-invasive cardiology products from Mortara into the information management systems of the office and hospital," said Joe Austin, vice president, Mortara Instrument. "PowerChart ECG will provide more information for the physician during ECG analysis including allergies, medications, labs and previous cardiology and non-cardiology tests for a more informed medical decision."

The 12-lead ECG is one of the most commonly performed diagnostic tests in both the physician office and hospital care environments. Leveraging the DICOM standard allows for movement, reporting and viewing of data from this ubiquitous diagnostic test regardless of which ECG manufacturer’s equipment was used to acquire the data. Traditionally, the electronic management of 12-lead ECGs has been realized within proprietary platforms provided by the manufacturer of the ECG acquisition device. These proprietary systems add additional IT infrastructure and hardware specifically to manipulate the workflow for acquisition and management of the 12-lead ECG.