Verizon helps heart attack patients receive quicker care

Thanks to grants from Verizon announced late last month, heart attack patients in New Jersey now will be able to receive medical treatment more quickly. A total of $100,000 in grants thus far from the Verizon Foundation to the Foundation of University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) are funding STAT-MI, a program that allows doctors at University Hospital in Newark to view electrocardiogram images sent from an ambulance via their smartphones. 

"Every minute counts when someone is having a heart attack," Dr. Marc Kapholz, director of cardiology at UMDNJ-The University Hospital, said, according to a press release. "By supporting STAT-MI, the Verizon Foundation is helping us deliver life-saving care when time is of the essence." 

So far, 12 ambulances with the hospital's emergency medical service have been hooked up with STAT-MI technology. According to the Foundation of UMDNJ, time to treatment for heart attack patients has improved by 131 minutes, thanks to the program. Such patients, once a heart attack is confirmed, are able to bypass emergency room care, and instead go straight to cath lab treatment. 

The foundation also claims a lower death rate, and says its patients have shorter hospital stays and smaller heart attacks. 

For more information:
- here's the Foundation of UMDNJ press release
- read this CMIO brief

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