AirStrip gets FDA clearance for web app, patent for ECG measurement system

By Heather Mack
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AirStrip, which makes a suite of mobile monitoring apps, has received FDA 510(k) clearance for a web app version of AirStrip ONE, the company’s mobile interoperability platform. The company also recently received a patent for one of its functionalities within AirStrip ONE, an ECG waveform interpretation that acts as visual calipers for clinicians to make measurements on digital waveforms.

Previously, the company has received clearance for its AirStrip Remote Patient Monitoring Solution, and its AirStripOB was one of the very first FDA-cleared medical apps in the AppStore.

“This is the first step toward enabling web-based support of key AirStrip ONE functions to support a seamless user experience on all form factors, including laptops and desktops,” AirStrip Chief Development Officer JF Lancelot said in a statement. “The AirStrip One client is capable of displaying patient waveforms in near-real time as well as alarms generated by bedside monitors.”

ECGs provide a wealth of information about cardiovascular health, such as potential diseases and arrhythmia, and are commonly taken for patient diagnosis, but it can be a time-consuming and inaccurate process. Traditionally, nurses or telemetry technicians have to document a patient’s baseline ECG every shift; a process that involves physically cutting and taping paper ECGs for placement in charts or scanning into the patient’s electronic medical record.

AirStrip ONE replaces that process by creating visual snippets that create an automated version of the task, in effect supporting greater precision and objectivity in the analysis of ECG signals.

“Time spent on documentation can be reduced and more precise information about the patient can be made available more quickly in the EMR,” Lancelot stated. “In addition, clinicians can reduce the time spent on non-clinical tasks such as finding, scanning, clipping and transporting paperwork.”

Information collected with the visual calipers can be merged into a single document or booklet to document more complex events that can then be exported into the EMR. If the reading doesn’t turn up critical information, healthcare professionals also have the option to use the visual calipers to perform measurements without sending any unneeded information to an EMR.

During a complex cardiac event, clinicians can quickly select the relevant ‘pre-, during, and post’ visual snippets to facilitate faster, more informed care decisions.

“The visual calipers and snippets functions promise to have a substantial impact not only on tele-ICU and tele-CV services, but also on clinical workflows for alarm management,” Lancelot said.