Boston Scientific, GE release patient data link to EMR

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Boston Scientific and GE Healthcare announced they have linked patient data to a physician’s EMR using a cardiac rhythm management remote monitoring system. The integrated device is currently installed at Seattle Cardiology and Cardiology Consultants of Philadelphia.

Boston Scientific said its Latitude patient management system allows clinicians to access information from a patient's implanted cardiac device and store lab results within the GE Centricity EMR system. Latitude is designed to promote compliance among patients while also enabling physicians to intervene earlier in a patient's care with actionable data, the company said.

The Centricity EMR enables ambulatory care physicians and clinical staff to document patient encounters, streamline clinical workflow, and securely exchange clinical data with other providers, patients and information systems, according to GE Healthcare.

"Having electronic access to a more comprehensive medical record enables me to provide even better care for my device patients," said R. Jeffrey Westcott, MD, director, Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory, Swedish Heart and Vascular Institute, Seattle. "The additional upside is less paperwork and the ability to easily collaborate with other physicians who are managing other aspects of the patient's care."