Veterans Administration Palo Alto Health Care System (VAPAHCS), a northern California-based hospital group, part of The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) nationwide network of hospitals, has purchased Zargis medical's 15 Cardioscan systems.

Zargis Medical (a majority-owned subsidiary of Speedus Corp) said that its Cardioscan heart sound analysis software is designed to help healthcare practitioners analyse cardiac sounds for the identification and classification of suspected heart murmurs, which can be signs of heart disease.

In conjunction with the Web-enabled TeleSteth platform, the Cardioscan system also allows healthcare professionals to transmit physiological sounds to colleagues located anywhere in the world.

The VAPAHCS consists of three in-patient facilities and seven outpatient clinics located in Palo Alto, California and the surrounding region. Affiliated with the Stanford University School of Medicine, VAPAHCS is also a teaching hospital, providing a full range of patient care services with enhanced technology as well as education and research.

John Kallassy, CEO of Zargis, said: “This order represents the first acquisition of Zargis Cardioscan units by the Veterans Administration. We are optimistic that this implementation at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System will generate interest from other members of the VA’s vast nationwide network of healthcare facilities about incorporating Zargis Cardioscan into their patient care.”