Cerner broadens scope of cardiology systems, adding ECG

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Cerner discussed at ACC06 this week in Atlanta its emphasis on providing comprehensive systems which can span the entire “continuum of cardiac care” through a single architecture approach through a single workstation interface.
   
The company has offered a wide variety of what it called Millennium tools systems – such as PowerChart, PowerOrders, Cardio PACS, and a Multi-Media application – that are built on a single architecture but run off different screens. Now the company wants to shift to a unified cardio desktop application. Users will get a change to see the results of their efforts this summer when the company plans to officially unveil its CVNet Workstation.
   
Through use of the CVNet Workstation (CVNet is a part of the Millennium platform) cardiologist will be getting what the company believes they are looking for: a single tool to pull data from a single source, and with broad capabilities such as tools that are an extension of the existing PowerChart like patient demographics and scheduling. The work-in-progress workstation will also include a dual monitor setup and will include the new ECG component that is also being developed.
   
The new Diagnostic ECG component – developed by Mortara Instrument Inc. – enables clinicians to transfer ECG data right from the cart into the workstation. This is possible through a DICOM transfer that Mortara developed. Cerner believes this capability will be very attractive for cardiologists because through the transfer the ECG will become a dynamic document, rather than a static PDF that is simply stored within a cardiovascular information system.
   
Cerner also highlighted its new PowerWorks EMR system which the company said has been modeled with cardiologist workflow in mind. Cerner also provided details regarding new CVNet Invasive Lab Management which is not yet commercially available.