“During a heart attack time is myocardium,” says Annapoorna Kini (New York, USA) discussing the development of a digital app—STEMIcathAID—designed to speed up the treatment of ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) patients within the Mount Sinai Health System.
Kini tells Cardiovascular News about the idea behind the app, how it aims to provide a seamless platform for communication between Emergency Department physicians and the cath lab, and how the idea could be rolled out across other emergencies.
Kini, director of the Cardiac Catheterization Lab at The Mount Sinai Hospital, details how the app provides a single platform for communication replacing the need for multiple telephone calls between hospitals and also allowing remote reading of electrocardiogram (EKG) results ahead of the arrival of a patient at the cath lab.
Discussing the uptake of the new platform, she said: “Whenever there are new systems everybody needs some kind of training, that is where we are. People are excited to use this new technology and they are very receptive. Since it is very easy to use they have adapted to this new technology.”