Technological innovation is improving the “time-to-treatment” for heart attack patients. In Houston, Texas, Memorial Hermann-Medical Center and paramedics are working together with the new application “LifeNet” to decrease the time that heart attack patients spend in the Emergency Room before receiving treatment. LifeNet gives paramedics the ability to run tests that they would normally do in the Emergency Room, from the back of the ambulance.
When dealing with heart attacks, time is obviously a very critical factor in helping patients. Being able to get patients into treatments faster by even a couple minutes will prove to be beneficial for their health in the future. LifeNet is making the process much more efficient. Dr. Salman Arain, a cardiologist with Memorial Hermann Heart and Vascular Institute, says “when the patient has a heart attack, the EMS folks who get there will do the electrocardiogram, then they have the capability of transmitting it to the hospital before they even take off.”
LifeNet decreases the time from the heart attack to treatment by 20-30 minutes. The time that is saved by using the new technology will save the patient’s “quality of life” according to Dr. Arain. The more efficient the whole process is, the less difficulty the patient will have later in life. I think LifeNet is something that all doctors and EMT’s should install. I think LifeNet is innovative not only because it will help save lives, but because it decreases the patient’s risk of living with heart failure for the rest of their life.
The article details the story of how LifeNet helped save 52-year-old Robert Hernandez’s life. When Hernandez suffered from a heart attack, paramedics were able to send his ECG to the doctors in the hospital via text message. Without having to perform the ECG in the hospital, they bypassed the Emergency Room entirely and went straight to treatment. “Cardiologists treated [Hernandez] and has his artery back open exactly 52 minutes after 911 was called.”
This article was on the shorter side, and there was still more I wanted to hear about the actual application. I think they could have described how LifeNet runs in better detail. I understand that doctors and paramedics can use LifeNet on their smartphones, but how? I had to do further research to discover that LifeNet “is a comprehensive cloud-based platform.” The video posted below could have been a nice addition to the article, it provides information on how LifeNet works. The news article could have included where else LifeNet is being used, only the hospital in Texas was mentioned. Lastly, the article could have mentioned who sells LifeNet and what the cost is.