The burden of cardiovascular disease (CVD) is set to increase drastically over the next decades and it is already the most common cause of death in Europe. Canon Medical now provides hemodynamic monitoring solutions in combination with imaging. This has been made possible through the recent acquisition of Fysicon.
Unique integration of sophisticated products
Information Technology (IT) connects everything inside the majority of modern hospitals. Fysicon’s sophisticated products add greater IT connectivity and workflow management, as well as security.
Monitoring cardiac conditions
It’s most well-known product is QMAPP – a hemodynamic monitoring system. QMAPP completes Canon Medical’s Alphenix cardiovascular X-ray system as a complete system for the cardiac lab. This can be an ideal, effective, affordable and efficient combination for small hospitals.
Managing advanced cardiac diagnostic tools
Information on stents, balloons, devices, valves and any implants are stored on QMAPP, and can be sent to registries. Fysicon has also developed the EVOCS web application – an image and document sharing system, which transmits images from one hospital to another over a secure Internet connection. With EVOCS, the risk of losing or damaging the images disappears, transfer process is expedited, and the data anonymized. DataLinQ is another Fysicon workflow management system used to facilitate a paperless pacemaker clinic and make pacemaker follow-ups more efficient and less costly. Usually, pacemakers are implanted in the cardiac catheter lab. Fysicon facilitates an IT solution where all the data from the pacemaker is directly fed into the database for easy reference. With DataLinQ Remote Device Management it is also possible to integrate data from remote device systems into DataLinQ Cardiac Rhythm Management.
Many medical institutions are realizing the wider implications of the advanced capabilities of the combination, such as in diagnosis and subsequent treatment of stroke. Time is critical in brain injury and stroke management, and EVOCS can help make a difference. It can save time when a patient CT information is sent to the neurovascular reference center, to enable the neurosurgeon to get the data as soon as possible and trigger the appropriate chain of actions.
The combination of Alphenix and QMAPP can help detect CVD at an early stage, before any complications, such as stroke, arise. Other modalities, such as oncology, can also be used to help in the early diagnosis of CVD.
“Offering single modalities alone isn’t usually enough to meet our customers’ needs. It’s important to think across the clinical pillar, because we can offer a holistic approach, for example, a complete cardiac solution. You can’t do everything with one device and that’s why you need to use the whole portfolio,”
Cybersecurity is an essential consideration in all IT systems, especially when the systems are exposed to the internet. Data acquired on all Fysicon solutions is encrypted. The security measures that it uses are approved by the US Department of Defense.
“We are continuously looking for opportunities to make the current workflow more efficient, by combining additional modalities, and improving integration and usability.” – Eric van Antwerpen, Chief Commercial Officer at Fysicon.
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