GE Healthcare launches Carescape Monitoring system

5th October 2009: GE Healthcare has said it is launching a device that coordinates medical records, diagnostic images and laboratory results to make it easier for doctors to monitor the health of a patient.

According to Associated Press, the General Electric Company unit said the Carescape Monitor B850 can be used to monitor electrocardiograms, electronic health records, images such as x-rays, laboratory reports, and diagnoses from experts. Carescape can coordinate records from a variety of systems, and hospitals that use it will not have to use and transport multiple other devices to evaluate a patient’s health, GE said.

GE Healthcare said the Food and Drug Administration has approved Carescape B850.

The CARESCAPE Monitor B850 is part of an easy to use system that can be customized to meet a variety of clinical needs. For example:

ECG—Traditionally, when a patient experiences chest pain, a caregiver must find and move an ECG machine from a different location to the patient’s bedside. The CARESCAPE Monitor B850 not only enables ‘cart-less’ diagnostic ECGs at the bedside, but also exchanges data with the MUSE ECG repository, facilitating ECG analysis and comparisons to the patient’s prior ECG, supporting more informed clinical decisions.
Administering Anesthetics—Anesthesia clinicians have historically administered anesthetics without real-time, integrated anesthetic management tools because anesthesia delivery and patient monitoring systems are often ineffectively integrated. GE Navigator Applications Suite combined with CARESCAPE Monitor B850 analyzes drug therapy information to model and predict the effect of anesthesia-related drugs and drug interactions. This enables clinicians to visualize modeled anesthetic drug effect predictions against live patient data, which supports patient tailored anesthesia.
Diagnostic Images, Lab Information & more—The CARESCAPE Monitor B850 enables bedside viewing of hospital EMRs, as well as x-rays, labs and other diagnostic reports, including the associated diagnoses from the hospital’s experts. This quick, comprehensive view of the patient’s records encourages confidence as clinicians make critical decisions at the point of care.
Built upon the latest Intel® embedded processing technology, the CARESCAPE Monitor B850 performs quickly and reliably.

Protecting Existing Hospital Investments

To preserve patient monitoring investments already made by thousands of GE Healthcare customers worldwide, the CARESCAPE Monitor B850 is compatible with existing Marquette and Datex-Ohmeda products. GE’s component innovation strategy provides for an unprecedented level of backwards compatibility, allowing hospitals to leverage prior technology investments while updating monitors in the areas of strongest clinical need.