Medtronic inks deal with AirStrip

By Brian Dolan

AirStrip Physio-ControlMedtronic subsidiary Physio-Control has inked a deal with AirStrip Technologies to integrate AirStrip’s remote patient monitoring applications with Physio-Control’s patient data transmission network, LifeNet.

Here's how the system will be integrated: "AirStrip CARDIOLOGY, deployed as a native application on smartphones and tablet devices, will receive 12-lead ECG waveforms, vital signs and other data transmitted wirelessly from EMS crews’ LIFEPAK 12 defibrillator/monitors and 15 monitor/defibrillators in the field via the LIFENET System. Clinicians can then access the data from anywhere in the hospital and review and respond to it on their iPhone with LIFENET Consult, a new mobile application available in the newly-released LIFENET System 5.0. In addition, clinicians who are AirStrip users will have advanced viewing capabilities, with high fidelity waveform analysis, displaying 12-lead ECG reports with sharp resolution and providing dynamic review tools such as calipers, 12-lead ECG scrolling, cine loop views of each lead, and other features and functionalities not yet seen in the EMS environment for 12-lead ECG review and patient management," according to the companies' press release.

AirStrip Cardiology received FDA clearance just a few months ago, as part of the company's clearance of its AirStrip Remote Patient Monitoring solution (RPM), which includes AirStrip RPM Critical Care as well as AirStrip Cardiology. At the time, AirStrip's only other offering, AirStripOB had already secured more than 200 installations in hospitals across the US.

It's been a busy past year for AirStrip, which received an undisclosed investment from heavy-hitter investment firm Sequoia Capital; inked a partnership with Alere; formed a distribution deal with the Premier Health Alliance; partnered up with Sprint; and finally offered its AirStripOB service for Android devices.

For more on the Physio-Control deal with AirStrip, read the release here