GE to contribute software to ACC procedure registry
GE Healthcare announced an agreement to develop software to allow institutions to send procedure data to the ACC-NCDR Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD) registry. GE also introduced new electronic forms designed to expedite healthcare institution’s participation in the registry. The forms are a new feature on the MacLab Hemodynamic Monitoring and CardioLab Electrophysiology Monitoring systems, and will provide point-of-care data collection of ICD data for download to the ACC-NCDR ICD registry software, GE said.  

The registry software will enable the electronic submission of information that is now required by the centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for hospital compliance and reimbursement, a prerequisite included as part of the CMS 2005 decision to expand Medicare coverage of ICD procedures. 

The ACC-NCDR ICD registry software designed by GE is expected to be certified during Q4 2006.