Boston Scientific's remote monitoring system first to integrate to GE's
16 November 2006
Natick, Mass. Boston Scientific Corporation (NYSE: BSX) today announced
that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the Company's
Latitude 2.0 software with remote data integration capabilities.
Latitude Patient Management is the first and only remote patient
monitoring system to provide clinicians with direct device data integration
capability into GE Medical's Centricity Electronic Medical Record (EMR). The
enhanced version of the Latitude website also provides increased
efficiencies to clinicians through streamlined system navigation, increased
alert flexibility, faster printing and fine-tuned automatic scheduling.
Nearly five million Americans are living with heart failure, and 550,000
new cases are diagnosed each year. Remote home monitoring is an effective
tool to help physicians manage patients with heart failure and patients at
risk of sudden cardiac death. Now, in addition to monitoring these patients
from home, the integration of Boston Scientific's Latitude technology with
GE's Centricity Electronic Medical Record (EMR) will help clinicians better
manage and track patients through use of a more complete patient record.
"The collaboration between GE and Boston Scientific is a major stepping
stone in our effort to provide a comprehensive patient record across the
continuum of care," said Vishal Wanchoo, President and CEO, GE Healthcare
Integrated IT Solutions. "The ability to collect patient data remotely using
Latitude technology and integrating that data, along with historical medical
information, within the patient's electronic medical record should empower
physicians to make more accurate decisions at the point of care."
"Latitude Integration further establishes Boston Scientific as the
undisputed leader in remote patient management, and we are pleased to be the
first company to reach this important milestone," said Jim Tobin, President
and Chief Executive Officer of Boston Scientific. "We are also proud to be
the first company to align with Heart Rhythm Society recommended guidelines
for wireless device surveillance with what is fast becoming the standard of
Latitude Patient Management is also the only wireless remote system
directly aligned with the ACC/AHA physician society guidelines, which
recommend monitoring weight, blood pressure, activity level and quality of
life. More than 10,000 patients now have Latitude-compatible wireless
devices with the capability to provide them the daily assurance of knowing
both their heart failure status and device can be automatically checked from
the comfort of their home.