What is Premier Heart MCG™?
MCG™, or Multifunction Cardiogram, is the next generation of Premier
Heart's ECG capture and analysis suite formerly known as 3DMP or
What is the difference between MCG™ and 3DMP/mfEMT™?
The Premier Heart MCG™ system is built upon the same framework as
our 3DMP/mfEMT technology — MCG™ Based upon feedback from our
users and partners we have redesigned the 3DMP system to be faster, easier
to use, and more robust.
Like the original 3DMP/mfEMT system, the MCG™ system consists of
three main components: The client machine located at the physician's
office, and the diagnostic and reporting systems in Premier Heart's
datacenter. Each of these components will be updated over the course
of 2009 to provide the new MCG features:
- The Client Machines (Available Mid 2009)
The MCG™ client is similar to the original 3DMP in many ways,
however the operating system and ECG capture software have been
redesigned based on user feedback.
The MCG™ client will integrate with a wider variety of office
networks, and includes vastly improved wireless networking support.
We have also restored the ability to view reports directly from the
MCG client, so test results and reports are available almost
The ECG acquisition program has also been redesigned, using
a wizard-based system which guides technicians in collecting clinical
information and provides real-time feedback on ECG tracing quality
to help ensure diagnostic accuracy.
- The Diagnostic Systems (Available Mid 2009)
While there are no fundamental changes to the diagnosis process
between 3DMP/mfEMT and MCG™ our software team has made
improvements in the handling of poor-quality ECG tracings,
allowing analysis to continue in cases where manual intervention
was previously required.
Additional changes have improved the speed of our diagnostic
software — Where 3DMP diagnosis typically completed within
a minute the new MCG suite typically completes in approximately
- The Web Application and Report Generator (Available late 2009)
As with the client machine, the MCG™ webapp and report generator
are a substantial improvement over their original 3DMP counterparts.
The MCG report generator features customizable templates designed to
allow you to tailor 3DMP reports to fit your organization's needs.
In addition to the templating system, the MCG report generator features
several new types of reports, including direct comparison reports
(Pre/Post intervention) and historical reports which allow you to
monitor the progress of a cardiac condition and the effectiveness
of treatment over time.
Why change the name now?
The decision to change the name came about for several reasons —
The new interface of the MCG™ client machines is a significant
improvement over the original 3DMP™ clients, and reflects a shift
from an interface we "grew" over time to one that was carefully designed
to fit the needs of both our clients and our clinical research team.
Rather than waiting for the entire MCG suite to launch at once we have
decided to transition to the MCG name with the launch of the new ECG
capture clients, as this is the part of the system our users interact with
What happens to my 3DMP system and data? Will I need to buy new hardware?
The MCG™ system is designed to run on the same hardware as the
original 3DMP systems — Existing 3DMP users will have the option
to upgrade to the MCG™ software suite when it is released to the
Existing data in the 3DMP system will be migrated over to the new MCG™
system as part of the upgrade process - The Premier Heart team has taken
steps to ensure that no patient data will be lost or compromised during
the transition from 3DMP/mfEMT to the new MCG™ system.
When will the MCG™ system be available?
Premier Heart hopes to have the first MCG units released to select beta
sites in the first quarter of 2009, with a commercial release to follow by mid-year.
Our improved diagnosis software will also launch around this time.
The MCG report generator will be released separately — currently
planned for late 2009.
Can MCG detect a previous MI and determine its severity?
Yes — Patients who have suffered heart attacks will have
heart muscle damage, which is detected as abnormalities by the
MCG analysis. Patients who suffer heart attacks following
their first MCG testing will show greater anomalies as the result
of the addional damaged cells.
In addition to detecting the damage, the MCG analysis quantifies the
damage based on the severity of the abnormalities observed, giving
a measure of the severty of the heart attack based on the degree of
The MCG system can be used during follow-up visits to monitor
patient improvement after a heart attack and determine if a treatment
is effective for a given patient.