Physio-Control launches new version of Lifenet


A new version of a web”based platform designed to share emergent patient information between Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and hospital care teams has been launched. Version 4.1 of the Lifenet System, from Physio”Control includes Lifenet Adapter, an interface between the Lifenet System and various manufacturers’ 12″lead management systems. Hospitals now have the ability to standardise the management of chest pain cases regardless of the monitoring equipment used by EMS in the field – improving both access to clinical information and operational efficiency.

The Lifenet System helps communities set up systems of care for patients experiencing ST”segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI), the type of heart attack that reduces or blocks the circulation of blood to the heart and can result in death or serious disability for the patient. Lifenet is designed to link time”critical transmission and alerts of a potential STEMI patient’s 12″lead ECG data from EMS to the awaiting hospital care team. While the patient is in transit, the hospital staff can review the patient’s baseline ECG report and status updates, determine where to route the patient, and whether to activate a catheterisation laboratory.

Version 4.1 introduces five new innovative products, all developed in response to customer feedback. They include the Lifenet Adapter, which enables data from multiple 12″lead management systems to be routed through the Lifenet System, allowing hospitals to standardise on one system to receive patient data from the field. Another new product, the Lifenet Connect allows data to be sent automatically from Lifepak monitor/defibrillators directly into Physio”Control’s post”event review software, Code-Stat. Lifenet Connect sends this data via the internet while the Lifepak device is still in the ambulance, thereby providing increased operational efficiency.

Other new products include Lifenet Export, which enables data to be exported from the Lifenet System into hospital information systems; Lifenet Archive, which permits storage of 12″lead ECG and vital sign reports on a local desktop computer; and, Lifenet Asset, which provides users with a web”based system to track Lifepak device inventory. Lifepak service and maintenance information is downloaded to and accessible from the Lifenet System, allowing EMS personnel to spend less time on administrative duties and focus more on saving lives.

LIFENET System 4.1 operates on a secure, web”based platform and through subscription service so hospitals need not make a capital investment to benefit from this new technology.