A new communications system for ambulances in Montgomery and Prince George’s counties will help people experiencing a heart attack get faster diagnosis and treatment when they arrive at the hospital.

The software system, called LifeNet, allows emergency responders to send electrocardiogram (EKG) results from the ambulance straight to hospital staff to view before the patient arrives. Shady Grove Adventist and Washington Adventist Hospitals, along with several other hospitals, helped purchase the system for Montgomery County.

“This system allows us to more accurately understand what kind of cardiac emergency a patient is experiencing and activate our medical teams for that patient’s immediate treatment upon arrival,” says Drew White, M.D., medical director of the emergency department at Washington Adventist Hospital.

“There are enormous benefits to early detection of a heart attack,” says Dennis Friedman, M.D., medical director of the cardiac catheterization lab at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital. “Rapid diagnosis and treatment means a better chance of survival and a quicker recovery.”