GE to distribute MP4 remote foetal and maternal monitoring system for
9 February 2006
Obstetricians can monitor foetal heart tracings, maternal contraction
patterns, and other critical, virtual real-time data from labour and
delivery units on their PDAs and mobile phones with the Airstrip OB system.
GE Healthcare, a unit of General Electric Company (NYSE:GE), has entered
in to an exclusive agreement with MP4 Solutions (MP4) to deliver the
Centricity Perinatal Solution in conjunction with AirStrip OB.
Until now, physicians could only access information about the progress of
a patient in the labour and delivery department remotely via a phone
conversation with a nurse or by using a computer with Internet access, which
is a significant limitation for the demanding schedule of obstetricians.
"AirStrip OB allows me to stay connected to my patients even if I can't
be at their bedside," said Dr. George Branning, MD of Baylor hospital in
Dallas, Texas. "I no longer have to rely on tenuous Internet connections or
potentially incomplete verbal explanations of my patients' progress.
Instead, I can now access critical patient information directly from a
handheld device and continue to monitor my patient's progress during their
labour, regardless of my location."
By interfacing exclusively with GE's Centricity Perinatal system,
AirStrip OB provides obstetricians with the ability to retrieve current and
historical patient data, including exams, vital signs, and patient census
lists. This software displays the current waveform data coming from
Centricity Perinatal as it would be seen on a monitor in labor and delivery
"Our relationship with MP4 demonstrates GE's continued commitment to
personalized healthcare by providing transformational medical and
information technologies to bring our customers closer to their patients,"
said Vishal Wanchoo, president and CEO of GE Healthcare Integrated IT
Developed using Microsoft's ".NET" framework, AirStrip OB incorporates
Smart Client Technology on Smart Phone/PDA devices running Microsoft(R)
Window Mobile 2003 and higher. Airstrip OB is designed to comply with the US
Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and incorporates
strong internet/wireless security.
The system will be showcased next week at the 2006 Healthcare Information
and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Annual Conference & Exhibition in San