Agfa Heartlab offers glimpse of cardiology tools to come
Agfa Heartlab has a lot of new cardiology tools in the pipeline, some of which are new components of the company’s core HeartLab cardiovascular information system (CVIS — also known as Encompass), and others are new developments in thin-client web applications and data gathering and analysis. Heartlab previewed these offerings this week at the annual meeting of the American College of Cardiology in Atlanta.
By year’s end, Heartlab will begin the initial release of both a nuclear cardiology component and an ECG system called Heart Station which will be tied into the CVIS. These new tools are currently in the alpha clinical stage.
Another development is called, a new thin-client, web-based platform that will include functionality for echo, cath labs, and nuclear cardiology, among others. The system will be multi-modality but will run through a single platform and a single database that can integrate with any third-party system. Look for this system to be fully released in 2007.
Heartlab is making a big push towards statistical analysis and data management capabilities. The company’s new Pediatric Cardiac system is an example of the company’s emphasis in the area. The system can be added to non-invasive pediatric modules for advanced statistical data collection which will be the beginnings of what the company hopes is an “overarching, congenital care module that will reach beyond pediatrics,” said Mathew Aitkenhead, VP, sales and marketing at Agfa Heartlab.