Nihon Kohden and Inovise Medical in partnership to improve cardiac
12 September 2005
Tokyo, Japan & Portland, Oregon, USA. Nihon Kohden Corporation, a leading
provider of cardiology equipment in Japan and China, and Inovise Medical, an
Oregon-based cardiac diagnostic company, have signed a multi-year agreement
to integrate Inovise Medical's Audicor heart sounds detection and analysis
technology into the next generation of Nihon Kohden electrocardiographs. The
first electrocardiograph with the technology will be released by Nihon
Kohden later this year.
Under the terms of the agreement, Inovise Medical will also develop a
version of its Audicor Cardiograph Expansion System (Audicor CE) for Nihon
Kohden to distribute for use with its market-leading cardiofax
Electrocardiograph line in Japan.
Inovise Medical's Audicor technology combines automated heart sound
detection and analysis with advanced electrocardiography, and presents both
graphical and textual results in a comprehensive single-page format. The
system uses COR (Correlated Audioelectric Cardiography) to help physicians
quickly detect patients at higher risk of acute heart failure, acute
coronary syndrome, and other high-risk cardiac conditions. When combined
with Nihon Kohden's full-featured digital electrocardiograph platforms,
Audicor will provide physicians with a powerful new tool for the assessment,
diagnosis, and treatment monitoring of heart disease at the point of care.
"We look forward to working with Inovise Medical to make integrated heart
sound and ECG analysis the new standard of care for cardiac diagnosis,"
commented Kohei Ono, Corporate Director of Nihon Kohden Corporation. "There
is an increasing global burden of cardiac disease and concern over rising
healthcare costs. Audicor technology, together with Nihon Kohden's leading
line of electrocardiographs, will improve identification of more patients at
higher cardiac risk, and provide ongoing treatment monitoring, in a very
fast, efficient, and cost-effective manner."
"Nihon Kohden's outstanding reputation as an innovative, global leader of
cardiology products and patient monitoring equipment makes this an extremely
exciting partnering opportunity for Inovise," said Patti White, CEO of
Inovise Medical. "Japan is the second largest market for cardiovascular
equipment in the world, and China is a large and rapidly-growing market. As
Japan's largest manufacturer and distributor of medical electronic
equipment, with strong positions in China, the United States, and Europe,
Nihon Kohden is an ideal partner to bring the benefits of Audicor heart
sounds technology to patients in new geographic markets and new product