Compiled by Jay Franco
SickKids produces app or
first-of-its-kind mobile application – TnECHO – is giving neonatologists
quick and reliable guidance when undertaking cardiac assessments on
Dr Patrick McNamara from The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) and
Dr Afif EL-Khuffash, from Mount Sinai Hospital describe the application
as a portable reference guide. It’s designed for staff and trainee
neonatologists who are performing Targeted Neonatal Echocardiography (TnECHO)
– ultrasound on the hearts of newborns that aid in clinical diagnosis.
TnECHO provides real-time information on the performance and function of
the cardiovascular system and provides more insight than clinical signs,
such as heart rate and blood pressure that neonatologists have
traditionally relied on.
McNamara and El-Khuffash noticed a need for a more portable reference
guide while working in their own practice. “We were relying on heavy and
expensive reference books and CD-ROMs to help us perform
echocardiography because those were the only thing available,” says
ELKhuffash. “It didn’t allow for easy point-ofcare assessments. We
needed something mobile, but comprehensive.”
They stress that the app is to be used in conjunction with formal
echocardiography training. “With the app, neonatologists can quickly
reference the steps to obtain the right ultrasound images and
information to guide them in their cardiac assessment,” says McNamara.
The TnECHO app will also allow neonatologists to easily keep up to date
with the latest echocardiography practices by downloading updates
directly to their mobile device and is freely available at iTunes.
The echocardiography training and clinical guidelines which the TnECHO
app is based on were developed by Dr Luc Mertens, a cardiologist at
SickKids, with McNamara and other international experts within the
field. A plan is underway to expand the application to help aid in other
- TnECHO - Free
MediRounds for iPad
rounding is a laborintensive process filled with pesky, hand-written
notes and piles of paper. Until now, physicians have lacked an easy way
to organise and track patient information. MediRounds for iPad
streamlines medical rounding and saves clinicians’ time.
With an easy-to-navigate interface, MediRounds enables fast input and
quick scanning of patient information. Functionality includes: “to do”
lists, AirPrint, and trending (e.g. vital sign trends, lab value
trends). MediRounds is compliant with HIPAA regulations and encryption
guidelines. The app is 100% functional even in the absence of internet
MediRounds is an ideal tool for any clinician caring for patients in a
hospital-based setting. Also great for new residents, MediRounds has
built-in tutorials to help them navigate the medical rounding process.
MediRounds is available for the iPad (with soon-to-be-released iPhone
and iPod versions). US$29.99.
AirStrip enables remote patient
is a robust remote patient monitoring solution for clinicians. AirStrip
connects you to your patients anywhere you have a cellular or Wi-Fi
connection. No matter where you are, AirStrip can greatly reduce and
even eliminate time delay in the clinical assessment and treatment of
In order to use AirStrip, your healthcare facility must have purchased
and installed AirStrip.
AirStrip is an FDA-cleared platform which allows patient information –
including waveforms and other critical data from EMRs, bedside monitors
and devices, pharmacy, lab, and other clinical information systems – to
be securely and natively accessed by physicians and nurses on their
smart phones or tablets anytime and anywhere.
- AirStrip OB - mobilises maternal/fetal waveforms (CTGs), annotations,
exam status, medications, lab values, logistical information, and
progress notes to improve communication during labour and delivery
- AirStrip CARDIOLOGY - digitises and mobilises 12- and 15- lead
waveforms and measurements to support enhanced analytics, easier visual
interpretation, and serial presentation of current and historic tracings
- AirStrip PATIENT MONITORING - enterprise-wide solution delivers
waveforms (cardiac, SPO2, ventilator, arterial line, etc.), vital signs,
medications, I&O, lab results, allergy lists, and EMR data for patients
in areas such as ICU, CCU, PACU, OR, ED, Telemetry, etc.
of upload: 26th Sep 2012