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Randall Jeppesen, KSL Newsradio A Utah County hospital is using a new technology that allows doctors to diagnose a heart attack before the patient even arrives at the emergency room.
Paramedics now can send EKGs from a patient's location directly to Timpanogos Regional Hospital.
There, Dr. Eugene Zanolli says they prepare for the patient to roll through the doors and into the lab to receive life-saving angioplasty. "[A] Potential of 10 to 20 minutes time saved," Zanolli said.
Orem paramedic Capt. Ryan Peterson says the system works through a cell phone. So, what their monitors see in the field, the hospital sees as well. "The paramedics simply push one button and it will complete the transmission to the hospital," Peterson explained.
Two hospitals in the state are using this new technology right now, but others are likely to follow.