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CoActiv Medical Appoints Doug Hayes Sales Director for the West Coast …

November 22, 2011—Ridgefield, CT—CoActiv Medical, the leading digital image management company, has appointed Doug Hayes Sales Director for the West Coast Region.  In his new position, Hayes will be responsible for both direct and indirect sales in the west coast states, Alaska and Hawaii for the entire CoActiv PACS, RIS, cloud-based storage and related digital imaging product line. Hayes brings to the leading medical imaging company more than 25 years of executive sales experience in the healthcare technology arena. During his career, he has played a leading role in the introduction of a number of innovative technologies in the medical imaging sector. He has been responsible for overall planning and budgeting for key customer alliances as well as the implementation of strategic sales, marketing and growth efforts. “I am extremely pleased to join CoActiv during the company’s current high-growth period,” says Hayes.  “CoActiv had long been a technology leader and was among the first to introduce many new industry features, including the concept of a cloud-based archive.  I look forward to sharing the benefits of this forward-thinking company’s philosophy and technology to medical sites throughout the Western region.” Prior to joining CoActiv, Hayes held several Western Region sales leadership positions with  PACS and medical IT firms.. Most recently, he was with NDS Surgical Imaging, an internationally recognized innovator in diagnostic PACS displays, and Symantec Health, the global leader in data security and management for healthcare providers. For five years, he was Western Regional Manager for Visage Imaging, a PACS and RIS company.  As a sales team leader, he helped Visage launch its thin client PACS solution.  In the early days of advanced visualization, Hayes was the original sales executive for TeraRecon, Inc. in its Western Zone. During his four year tenure, he was instrumental in building the company’s 3D workstation and 3D server/thin client business and led the Western Zone sales team to notable success. Hayes also held earlier senior sales management positions with American Telecare, a pioneer in home telemedicine technology, Smiths Medical, 3M Healthcare and Baxter. “Doug is a medical imaging sales veteran whose deep roots in the field and extensive connections with the West Coast medical community will be a major asset to CoActiv,” says Ed Heere, president and CEO of CoActiv.  “Growth in the Western region is one of our marketing major priorities, and we know Doug will bring these efforts to fruition.  We are extremely pleased to welcome him to the firm.” Douglas Hayes holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Northeastern University.  He and his wife have one daughter and reside in Newport Beach, CA. About CoActiv CoActiv Medical™ is a leading healthcare software and IT systems provider offering a full line of PACS, digital image and data storage services and related solutions for hospitals, imaging facilities and medical practices of all sizes.  CoActiv’s EXAM-PACS® family of web-based PACS solutions provide leading edge, affordable and scalable image management with sophisticated tools that cater to the needs of radiologists as well as a full range of other imaging specialists.  Available as both enterprise server-based and cloud-based solutions, EXAM-PACS is designed for easy integration into imaging facilities of any size. Comprised of modular software components, EXAM-PACS enables any site to customize a solution to meet their specific needs and budgets or to add advanced functionality to an existing PACS solution. EXAM-PACS includes EXAM-FILER® CD-burning solution; vendor-neutral, cloud-based HIPAA-compliant, offsite/online EXAM-VAULT® QUAD-REDUNDANT ARCHIVING®; patent-pending EXAM-SENDER® referring physician system; EXAM-3D® advanced, multi-modular 3D color reconstruction and visualization; EXAM-NET™ teleradiology suite and EXAM-BROWSER™, a revolutionary fully cloud-based, zero-footprint universal DICOM viewer that enables anywhere, anytime review of medical images on any PACS from any platform, including iPhone, iPad, and all Android and other tablets and smartphones.  EXAM-PACS includes such premium features as support for breast specific gamma imaging (BSGI) and storage of non-DICOM data such as prescriptions, reports and surgical plans in patient files.  Complementing this is CoActiv’s family of EXAM-RIS® solutions scaled for imaging facilities of every size site and budget.  Contact CoActiv at (877) 262-2848; ed.heere@coactiv.com; www.coactiv.com. Media contact: Jeanne-Marie Phillips CoActiv Medical Ridgefield, ... Read more

VNA Institute of Technology Re-Launches at RSNA 2011…

Online Educational Web Site Offers Free Continuing Education Hours and More Functionality at a Newly-Designed Site (MILWAUKEE, Wisconsin - November 22nd, 2011) The VNA Institute of Technology (VNAIT) was created to address an overwhelming market ... Read more

CoActiv Medical Announces EXAM-BROWSER Validation for …

EXAM-PACS Supports Full Range of Modern Mobile Devices November 21, 2011—Ridgefield, CT—CoActiv Medical announces validation of its EXAM-BROWSER® universal image viewer on the new Kindle Fire, enabling anywhere, anytime viewing of all 2D, MPR, and 3D exams with multi-user real-time collaboration on this important new pocket-sized WiFi-enabled tablet. EXAM-BROWSER is CoActiv’s revolutionary fully cloud-based, zero-footprint, clinical viewer that supports web-based viewing of medical images and reports stored on CoActiv’s EXAM-PACS®, CoActiv's Vendor Neutral  EXAM-VAULT® cloud-based archive, or on virtually any current PACS (Picture Archiving and Communications System). The Kindle Fire is a new full-featured, very portable tablet from Amazon and features a bright, multi-touch 7-inch color display with a 1024x600 pixel high-resolution, 169 ppi display and a precedent-setting low purchase price of under $200. CoActiv will demonstrate EXAM-BROWSER on the new Kindle at its booth, #7300, at the Radiological Society of North American (RSNA) conference this month. Use of the EXAM-BROWSER on the new Kindle Fire will enable referring physicians or attending physicians to instantly review patient radiology, cardiology, orthopedic and other medical images while anywhere in a hospital, their medical office, at home, or virtually anywhere there is an available WiFi connection... including many airline flights. “With this new innovation, CoActiv maintains its commitment to technological innovation and responsiveness to the demands of the medical imaging and information marketplace,” according to Ed Heere, CoActiv president and CEO.  “This new device promises to attract a large number of users quickly due to its high-quality screen, easy portability and low cost, and we are the first PACS company to announce complete compatibility with it.” CoActiv was also among the first PACS companies to support a full range of today’s existing mobile devices, including the iPhone, iPad, and all Android and other tablets and smartphones. CoActiv is distinguished by a full range of firsts, including its support for innovative modalities such as breast tomosynthesis and breast specific gamma imaging and archival storage of non-DICOM data such as prescriptions and reports. The company also is the innovator of Quad-Redundant Archiving®, which stores data in four geographically dispersed location and has ranked as the world’s first completely cloud-based medical imaging storage solution since its introduction in 2003. About CoActiv CoActiv Medical™ is a leading healthcare software and IT systems provider offering a full line of PACS, digital image and data storage services and related solutions for hospitals, imaging facilities and revolutionary fully cloud-based, zero-footprint universal DICOM viewer that enables anywhere, anytime review of medical images on any PACS from any platform, including iPhone, iPad, and all Android and other tablets and smartphones.  EXAM-PACS includes such premium features as support for breast specific gamma imaging (BSGI) and storage of non-DICOM data such as prescriptions, reports and surgical plans in patient files.  Complementing this is CoActiv’s family of EXAM-RIS® solutions scaled for imaging facilities of every size site and budget.  Contact CoActiv at (877) 262-2848; ed.heere@coactiv.com; www.coactiv.com. Media contact: Jeanne-Marie Phillips CoActiv Medical Ridgefield, ... Read more


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Robust, Redundant, Flexible DICOM Storage Configured to an Individual Site’s Needs Louisville, KY—November 18, 2011—With the focus on security, redundancy and a commitment to meeting every customer’s individual needs, SourceHOV®, with more than 30 years of experience in clinical image management, introduces at RSNA 2011 the digiTA˛P™ portfolio of managed medical image storage services. From disaster protection to business continuity and full primary offsite archiving, SourceHOV’s new vendor neutral storage solution provides a full range of options for data storage on the company’s private cloud. This ultra-secure data storage repository comprises multiple Tier IV data centers in geographically dispersed locations. The new solution returns image ownership to healthcare organizations and helps position them for future meaningful use. With SourceHOV’s broad range of expert services, users can customize a solution for today and phase in additional offerings over time to meet their needs and budget, while minimizing or eliminating hardware capital expense, maintenance and technological obsolescence. In addition to disaster recovery and business continuity, the new service portfolio includes solutions for incremental offsite storage of aging data, primary archiving and image sharing.  Complementing this, SourceHOV also offers data cleansing and normalization, data migration and sophisticated lifecycle management that can shift aging data to economical storage media or simply eliminate it according to a site’s retention policies. Optimized for healthcare, the solution provides one of the highest levels of HIPAA/HITECH security, multiple data redundancy and ongoing technology upgrades.  It can be custom configured to a site’s specific needs and is offered based on an affordable per-exam fee structure. “With today’s emphasis on cross-enterprise communication, how data is stored is vitally important,” said Stan Burch, Vice President and General Manager of SourceHOV’s Radiology business unit. “With our vendor neutral archive architecture, data stored in our system is compatible with any DICOM PACS and easily shared beyond the enterprise.  Moreover, our customizable options allow imaging sites not only to meet their needs today but also to plan for the future by phasing in new options over time. Our cost-effective pricing makes the new digiTA˛P service portfolio appealing to facilities of all sizes.” SourceHOV’s data centers help protect vital files against any disaster, whether natural or manmade, with redundant power, water and specialized fire abatement systems. The solution is designed to fail over to another storage point instantaneously as needed to keep the wheels of radiology turning. For more than 30 years, SourceHOV has been a leader in offsite archiving and DICOM file management through its TAP™ (Total Archiving Program) and mammoTAP™ solutions. The company also draws on the expertise as a 10 year leader in broad-based digital document and image management. About SourceHOV® With revenues of almost $500 million, SourceHOV is one of the largest Business Process Solutions and Knowledge Process Outsourcing companies in the industry, serving customers in more than half of the Fortune 100® with deep domain expertise.  SourceHOV provides end-to-end business process outsourcing solutions with highly customized services as well as specialized knowledge-based processing and/or consulting solutions.  SourceHOV offers clients in information-intensive industries, such as financial services, healthcare, legal, retail, telecommunications, government, and transportation, the solutions to process, analyze and manage their information in a cost efficient manner. SourceHOV also offers solutions to fulfill certain specialized knowledge-based processing and outsourcing requirements enabling these organizations to concentrate on their core competencies. These solutions include healthcare claims processing, coding and abstracting of medical records, electronic content management and e-publishing, multisource data extraction and integration with client operations, processing and administration of class action and related claims, economic and statistical analysis and investigation, specialized tax outsourcing and processing services, and evaluation and resolution of construction claims. The company’s global workforce is now more than 14,200 employees operating from approximately 80 delivery centers in six countries including the U.S., Mexico, Canada, India, China and the Philippines. Media contact: Jeanne-Marie Phillips HealthFlash Marketing 1234 Summer Street Stamford, CT   ... Read more

PACSGEAR Introduces Enterprise Imaging Platform at RSNA…

Solution streams MPEG video and uses existing DICOM standards PLEASANTON, CA – (November 17, 2011) – PACSGEAR, the leading provider of imaging connectivity for electronic health records, today announced the PACSGEAR Enterprise Imaging Platform, a suite of solutions designed to capture, cache, stream and integrate photographic images and medical videos throughout the enterprise. Planned for introduction at the upcoming RSNA Annual Meeting, the company will demonstrate MDR® 7.0, an MPEG2/MPEG4-compliant video capture solution, and the PACSGEAR Media Server™ for video caching and streaming. The platform supports the company’s recently announced PACS 2.0 initiative, the evolution of medical image connectivity to include integration with electronic health records. “With EHRs coming on-line, hospitals are quickly finding that some image documentation, such as thermal paper-based images and videotape is not compatible with digital workflow,” said Eli Rapaich, PACSGEAR’s CEO. “In other cases, digital camera images from dermatology or endoscopic video clips from surgery circulate locally, but cannot be viewed outside their respective departments. By introducing the PACSGEAR Enterprise Imaging Platform, facilities can easily and affordably capture, cache, stream and integrate high resolution video and other images in a way that complements their existing PACS and EHR investments. It is an exciting time for PACSGEAR,” Rapaich said. The PACSGEAR Enterprise Imaging Platform will be featured at PACSGEAR’s Booth #8908 at the 97th Annual Meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA 2011) in Chicago from November 27 – December 2, 2011. About PACSGEAR PACSGEAR provides image connectivity solutions for medical image management (PACS) and electronic health record (EHR) systems to hospitals and healthcare facilities. Its industry-leading solutions seamlessly integrate documents, film, video, visible light and other images from any department to any PACS/EHR. Healthcare personnel in specialties such as radiology, cardiology, gastroenterology, dermatology, orthopedics and pathology can connect, view and share images and results to enable health information exchange. Worldwide, PACSGEAR gives over 1200 hospitals, healthcare networks and imaging facilities a better picture of their patients’ health. For more information, visit www.pacsgear.com Media Contact: K. Thomas Pickard, PACSGEAR +1 925 225 ... Read more

System C presents leading HSJ award to Saxmundham …

16 November 2011: System C last night presented Saxmundham Health with a prestigious award for delivering real improvements to patient care through the use of technology. The GP practice was selected for a very simple refinement of the GP referral process which has resulted in a 20% reduction in hospital outpatient appointments and ensured that patients are treated in the appropriate setting according to clinical need. System C, sponsors of the HSJ ‘improving care with technology’ award for the 7th year running, made the presentation to Saxmundham Health at the HSJ Awards 2011 ceremony held last night at Grosvenor House Hotel, London. The winning project involved creating virtual on-screen clinics, using existing Choose & Book technology, for all GP referrals to Ipswich Hospital. A consultant reviews each case within 72 hours and decides whether the patient needs a hospital appointment. Saxmundham Health explained that referrals to hospital no longer existed. GPs now ask consultants for advice about managing particular patients and one of the options for the consultant is to offer a hospital outpatient assessment. Other options are an appointment in the community clinic or a community action plan for the GP and patient to follow together. “This is a fantastic example of how technology can be used intelligently to help change established behaviours and improve care pathways”, said Dr Ian Denley, senior vice president of System C. “Saxmundham Health has introduced this new system with minimum capital outlay, using existing technologies, and has achieved reduced outpatient tariff costs. Most important, it has also significantly improved the care offered to patients by ensuring they are spared unnecessary journeys and are treated in the right place for their needs,” Dr Denley explained. The project is now being rolled out at West Suffolk Hospital, Bury St Edmunds. Overall, eight projects were shortlisted for the HSJ IT award. South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust was highly commended by judges for an advanced computer program for detecting the early signs of Alzheimer's disease from a routine clinical brain scan. Criteria for entry included making use of IT to improve patient outcomes and organization efficiency, engaging with clinicians, supporting new ways of working, and mainstreaming working between trusts and the private sector. For more information, please contact: Nicky Willmore Director of Communications, System C 01622 691916 07711 371772 System C Healthcare (www.systemc.com), specialises in the design and development of clinical patient management and business intelligence software, and provides systems implementation and consulting services to the health and social care sectors. System C is a subsidiary of McKesson Corporation, which currently ranks 14th on the FORTUNE 500. McKesson is a global healthcare services and information technology company dedicated to helping its customers deliver high-quality healthcare by reducing costs, streamlining processes, and improving the quality and safety of patient ... Read more

IT Future of Medicine (ITFoM) at the FET Flagship …

Brussels, 15 November 2011: The ITFoM project will present outcomes and achievements of the past six months at the FET Flagship Midterm Conference and Exhibition in Warsaw on 24-25 November. The conference will also provide a forum for bilateral discussions between all six Flagship Pilots, European Commission’s representatives, national funding agencies and other stakeholders. European Future Technologies (FET) Flagships are large-scale, science-driven and mission oriented initiatives that aim to achieve visionary technological goals. To prepare the launch of the two FET Flagships, six Pilot Actions are being funded with 1.5 million Euros each for a 12-month period that started in May 2011. In the second half of 2012, two of the Pilots will be selected and launched as full FET Flagship Initiatives in 2013. As one of the six Pilot Actions, the ITFoM project will present its objectives and expected impact on science, technology and society. ITFoM aims to create a computer model, a “virtual patient”, by developing general models of human pathways, tissues, and ultimately of the whole human. Medicine based on molecular, physiological, anatomical and environmental data from individual patients will enable physicians to identify personalised prevention schedules, therapies and potential effects on individual patients. The potential benefits are enormous in terms of reduction of healthcare costs as well as for each individual patient: identification of efficient drug combinations on an individual basis; substantial advances in disease prevention and treatment; better data access and use for health professionals, healthcare systems, and researchers. Such data-rich medicine poses unprecedented challenges for ICT - in terms of hardware, storage and communication - and requires fundamental advances in the computational sciences. Thus academic groups from a range of research backgrounds joined forces with their industry-based colleagues in making ITFoM a reality. As a result, ITFoM brings together 51 partners and associated members from the whole of Europe and beyond, including world leading academic institutes and multinational companies such as Siemens, Illumina, IBM, Intel, XEROX, Oracle, Roche, Life Technologies and Agilent. Additional information about ITFoM is available at http://www.ITFoM.eu Media enquiries Polona Fabic ISC Intelligence in Science Rue du Trône 4 1000 Brussels Belgium Tel: +322 8888 100 Email: ... Read more


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medQ, a leading provider of information technology and service solutions in radiology announces the start up of their Q/ris 3000 workflow management at The Children’s Center, a private, nonprofit pediatric hospital serving children with complex medical and physical disabilities in Bethany, Oklahoma. The Q/ris 3000 system will enable The Children’s Center to manage scheduling, DICOM MWL management and final report distribution for its inpatient and outpatient operations. “Prior to deployment of medQ, our patient management was a very manual, time consuming operation and patient records were scattered across more than 100 disparate data bases,” said Darin K. Brannan, MD, Medical Director of The Children’s Center. “medQ provided us the comprehensive software solution to improve the efficiency of our order process and a single, unified data base for patient history.” ABOUT The Children’s Center The Children’s Center, a private, nonprofit pediatric hospital, is dedicated to helping children with complex medical and physical disabilities maximize their potential. In an atmosphere of love and hope, the Center provides general pediatrics, medical and respiratory care, rehabilitative therapies, and special education to youth and children, both inpatients and outpatients. http://www.tccokc.org/ ABOUT medQ medQ, inc., headquartered in Dallas, Texas, provides radiology information technology, workflow management and service solutions that enable healthcare providers to deliver quality, cost effective patient care. Our medQ solutions provide an end-to-end, patient centric diagnostic imaging management process that result in greater operational efficiencies and improved patient outcomes in addition to overall bottom line improvements. Visit us at RSNA 2011, Booth #5500 South Building. Learn more at ... Read more

KJAYA Medical Receives Investment through the …

November 15, 2011—Stamford, CT—KJAYA Medical has been awarded a substantial financial investment through Enterprise Ireland’s High Potential Start-Up program.  The prestigious program is administered through the Irish state agency responsible for supporting the development of manufacturing and internationally traded service companies. KJAYA underwent a rigorous due diligence process prior to selection and was one of only 24 such high tech firms selected for the program in Q2 of this year. Commenting on the award, Kovey Kovalan, founder and president of KJAYA said, “We are extremely honored to have been selected for this award from among such a prestigious group of potential recipients. The funding provides us with a launching pad to implement our ambitious expansion plans.  We are looking forward to progressing our business to the next level with the help of this innovative program.” Speaking about the recent group of Start-Up award winners, Greg Treston, Head of High Potential Start Ups and Scaling at Enterprise Ireland said: “These are ambitious companies, with highly innovative products and business development strategies that will enable them to carve out a place in global markets...” “KJAYA Medical was selected because of its innovative use of gaming technology to overcome the challenges of medical image data management to improve patient care,” said Brendan Fay, Development Advisor for Enterprise Ireland. “Its unique VoXcell solution provides enhanced visualization in a cloud environment in a cost-effective manner with technology that is significantly ahead of competing solutions.” Customers only pay per study fee for every scan sent to the VoXcell cloud. KJAYA estimates that customers experience a 30 to 40% cost savings using KJAYA's fee-per-study offering compared to maintaining conventional system costs for storage hardware, offsite archiving, workstation hardware and software licenses for 2D and 3D viewing, PACS/RIS software licenses and yearly maintenance fees, personnel overhead and other hidden charges. KJAYA’s proprietary imaging software relies on gaming technology-based supercomputers to produce and stream Web-based Intelligent Visualizations® instantaneously. Other vendors' servers are passive computers focused on servicing file requests that viewers require scans to be downloaded before viewing.  Instead, the immense processing power of KJAYA's supercomputing cloud produces and streams visualizations instantaneously without transmitting the raw scan.  Because scans are not downloaded to the local PC, the technology also offers the highest level of patient privacy, while ensuring HIPAA and HITECH Act compliance. The result is secure access to interactive diagnostic quality images on-demand in real-time on any computer including the iPad, making it an ideal cloud computing radiology platform. Overcoming the traditional tradeoff between image quality and data transmission speed, KJAYA Medical's patent-pending innovations make cloud computing for radiology truly practical for the first time. Unlike competing solutions, KJAYA provides immediate access to images stored on the VoXcell cloud.  Users no longer must wait for lengthy downloads or compromise the raw scan’s diagnostic quality.  Moreover, image communication requires no advance set up between sites and can be quickly accomplished on-the-fly. At RSNA in Chicago this month, KJAYA Medical will debut iShareScan.com, a workstation-class cloud based image sharing solution available at no cost to imaging sites. The unique new solution takes advantage of the same super-computing cloud technology as KJAYA’s full per-study-fee-based VoXcell® imaging suite. The value of iShareScan.com extends well beyond simple image sharing. Cases can be rapidly viewed in high resolution, and users can share interactive 3D information with physicians and patients over the web. This information is particularly valuable in such cases as a trauma transfer for a patient with fractured bone visualized in clear 3D, an oncologist viewing intuitive 3D PET-CT fusion of a cancer, or on-demand 3D manipulation by a surgeon before or during surgery. The technology also eliminates the use of CDs, VPN connections and slow web access from facilities limited bandwidth. According to Kovalan, KJAYA Medical believes that radiologists, physicians and patients deserve a better diagnostic imaging technology experience than what is available today, and such technology advancement should come at cost savings to imaging facilities to cope with the reduced healthcare reimbursement. Enterprise Ireland's support of our vision strengthens this belief. Media contact: Jeanne-Marie Phillips HealthFlash Marketing 1234 Summer Street Stamford, CT   ... Read more

Free Mobile Ultrasound Signal Processing App on iPad …

Today, mobile computing is gaining more importance in medical imaging. Existing solutions provide image display based on DICOM image data but Fraunhofer IBMT is raising the bar with full ultrasound signal processing done on iOS devices like iPad or iPhone. Based on measurement data of the IBMT ultrasound research platform "DiPhAS" or other rf data formats the mobile App provides rf signal processing like tissue characterization and other spectral analysis functions. One source for this rf data is the modular and scalable ultrasound hardware "DiPhAS" with its open interfaces for device control (unique closed-loop) and data acquisition (radio frequent beamformed data or single element data without beamforming). The iOS App provides the basic operation of the IBMT offline analysis tool for signal analysis, algorithm development and data export. Based on the rf data processing we offer the possibility to develop custom algorithms or applications on top of our hardware and software platform with direct support for developed algorithms in the live system. We also provide full medical certification for your custom application based on our platform. The ultrasound department of Fraunhofer IBMT presents this app and the latest version of the ultrasound research platform "DiPhAS" for clinical use at the Fraunhofer Medica booth hall 10 / F. The app is now available in the Apple iOS app store: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/ultrasound-research-offline/id476281293 Media contact: Dr. Holger Hewener Software Architect Biomedical Applications and Imaging Fraunhofer Institut für Biomedizinische Technik Ensheimer Str. 48 66386 St. Ingbert Germany Tel.: +49 6894 980 213 Fax: +49 6894 980 ... Read more

medQ, Inc. Unveils Q/RIS 3000 CTRM V2.0 Module…

Dallas, Texas – medQ, a leading provider of radiology information technology and service solutions unveils their Critical Test Result Management (CTRM) Module, Version 2.0. The guidelines of the Joint Commission and the American College of Radiology (ACR) require radiologists to have a dependable process for identifying, communicating and tracking critical test results. With Q/ris 3000 Workflow Management CTRM application Version 2.0, medQ has taken this process to a new, much higher level. With the Q/ris CTRM V2.0, radiologists will be able improve the identification and results communication protocol to the ordering physician, as well as establish an effective delivery verification documentation and auditing process. Fully automated and embedded in the Q/ris 3000 dictation software, radiologists will be able to assess the severity of the diagnosis and quickly contact the ordering physician to notify of the condition. A positive confirmation methodology tracks this process from start to finish and logs all attempts until notification is confirmed. A new and unique feature is the ability to place this final notification on the completed report to close the loop. The CTRM module is in the market now and the new and improved version will be released in the fourth quarter of 2011. Stop by and learn more at RSNA, Booth 5500. ABOUT medQ: medQ, Inc., headquartered in Dallas, Texas, provides radiology information technology, workflow management and service solutions that enable healthcare providers to deliver quality, cost effective patient care. Our medQ solutions provide an end-to-end, patient centric diagnostic imaging management process that result in greater operational efficiencies and improved patient outcomes in addition to overall bottom line improvements. Visit us at RSNA 2011, Booth #5500 South Building. Learn more at ... Read more

eMix Saves Cost, Time, and Labor, Says Speaker at RBMA …

Cloud-based Medical File-Sharing Service Enhances Quality of Care SAN DIEGO - eMix, a business venture incubated by DR Systems, significantly reduced a rural Alaska hospital's costs for sharing radiology files, according to a presentation at the Fall Educational Conference of the Radiology Business Management Association (RBMA). The presentation was by the Imaging Services Director at one of America's most- wired hospitals, Katherine Leslie, BS, RDMS, CRA, R.T.(R)(CT) of Central Peninsula Hospital (CPH), a 49-bed facility in Soldotna, Alaska. Hospitals and Health Networks magazine named CPH one of 2011's "Most Wired Hospitals" in the Small and Rural category. In her talk, Leslie described how the hospital's traditional method of sharing radiology files - burning them to CDs and then sending them by express mail - had cost nearly $15,600/year. It also took substantial staff time and labor to manage. In addition, delivery to the receiving hospital was too slow for emergency cases. Switching to a cloud-based service for sharing medical imaging studies and reports saved nearly $9,000 per year in hard-dollar costs -- while providing near-instantaneous file transfers that improved patient care. eMix is the cloud-based service used at CPH. "The money we saved is very significant for a small hospital like ours," said Leslie. "The savings would be proportionately greater at a large institution with a much bigger imaging volume than we have. Video of Leslie speaking about medical image sharing and eMix is available at http://bit.ly/uds0hV. "The technology is vendor-neutral and scalable so it can be used anywhere," she said. "It continues to astound me that more hospitals have not turned to this simple-to-use, reliable method. It solves a problem that has existed for years - that is, how to send files between hospitals whose proprietary IT systems don't easily talk to each other." The presentation also covered other benefits of cloud-based sharing of medical files, including:  Reducing repeat imaging due to unavailable pertinent exams  Ability to push images directly from a PACS to out-of-network providers  Pay per use, with no hardware or software to purchase, install, and maintain  Secure, auditable results distribution  Ability to reduce or eliminate reliance on virtual private networks (VPNs). eMix, which stands for Electronic Medical Information Exchange, enables secure sharing of images and reports among disparate institutions and physicians via the Internet. eMix provides eight layers of security to protect healthcare institutions' patient data. The eMix security architecture enables institutions to comply with requirements of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), as well as enforce strict security policies of their own. New features recently added to eMix include automated report delivery to an EMR. The eMix EMRconnect™ feature enables a reading facility to set up its referring physicians to receive reports automatically into their EMR inbox. Leslie's talk was titled "Using Cloud Computing for Sharing Radiology Files Saves Costs, Time and Labor." The RBMA 2011 Fall Educational Conference took place Oct. 16-19 in Las Vegas, Nevada. About eMix eMix is a business venture incubated by DR Systems, one of the most respected names in healthcare information systems. Electronic Medical Information Exchange (eMix) is cloud-based technology developed for sharing medical imaging studies and reports between disparate healthcare facilities and physicians with the speed and simplicity of email. eMix will also facilitate the inclusion of patient images into electronic medical records (EMRs) and patients' personal healthcare records (PHRs). The business-to-business capability of eMix will be followed with the launch of a patient portal for business-to-consumer data exchanges, as well as a long-term storage feature with highly flexible user-driven storage rules and options. For more information, visit www.eMix.com or call 877-EMIX-MED (877-364-9633). About DR Systems, Inc. DR Systems, Inc. is the leading independent provider of enterprise imaging and information management systems for hospitals, integrated healthcare networks, and diagnostic imaging centers. For more than 19 years, the company has helped over 600 hospitals and imaging center sites lower their cost of operation by improving management of patient information, eliminating film costs, and increasing workflow speed, while providing better clinical quality and patient care. For more information, visit www.drsys.com or call 800-794-5955. Media Contact: Liz Dowling, (415) 388-2794 Dowling & Dennis Public Relations E-mail: Liz@DowlingDennis.net Douglas Dill, (858) 200-8716 DR Systems E-mail: ... Read more

Carestream Receives FDA Clearance Letter For Mobile …

Zero-Footprint Viewer Enables Rapid, Convenient Access to Patient Medical Images Throughout a Healthcare System ROCHESTER, N.Y., Nov. 8 — Carestream has received a clearance letter from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the use of its CARESTREAM Vue Motion medical image viewer with mobile devices such as Apple iPads in the United States. The zero-footprint, Web-based viewer enables convenient, on-demand access to patient imaging data by clinicians anytime, anywhere. The viewer is already being used successfully with mobile devices in other countries worldwide. Since the independent Vue Motion viewer can be integrated with other vendors’ PACS systems, DICOM archives or XDS repositories, clinicians and referring physicians gain much faster and easier access to radiology images stored in various locations throughout a healthcare system. “Our viewer’s ability to interface with many PACS and archiving systems delivers rapid image review for clinicians and referring physicians. Convenient mobile access goes a step further and can expedite the start of patient treatment,” said Diana Nole, President, Digital Medical Solutions, Carestream Health. “This zero-footprint viewer also negates the cost of deploying and maintaining software across a healthcare system.” Vue Motion does not require downloading of dedicated applications or software. There are no storage or technology requirements for users’ mobile devices, PCs or workstations. Its intuitive design can also minimize training, which encourages rapid adoption by healthcare providers worldwide. “With Vue Motion we can quickly and easily make reports, images and prior exams available to the dozens of staff physicians, referring physicians and specialists we serve. The interface is so easy to use it takes only five minutes to be proficient, and even MR and CT images load quickly,” said Scott Stewart, Manager of Information Services, Rochelle Community Hospital, Rochelle, Ill. “Another key advantage is that it enhances data transfer with our EMR. We are extremely satisfied with its performance.” The viewer can be embedded in a HIS or EMR portal to allow authorized users across the enterprise to quickly and easily view patient data and images with a single log-in. For more information on digital medical imaging and healthcare IT solutions from Carestream Health that can lower costs and help improve patient care please visit www.carestream.com. About Carestream Health Carestream Health is a worldwide provider of dental and medical imaging systems and healthcare IT solutions; molecular imaging systems for life science research and drug discovery/development; x-ray film and digital x-ray systems for non-destructive testing; and advanced materials for the precision films and electronics markets. For more information about the company’s broad portfolio of products, solutions and services, please contact your Carestream Health representative or visit www.carestream.com. CARESTREAM is a trademark of Carestream Health. Media Contacts: Robert Salmon 585-627-6560 robert.salmon@carestream.com Robette ... Read more

peerVue Debuts Free Integrated QICS Voice Recognition …

Changing the Rules of the Communications Game with the Power of Free Speech… and Recognition November 8, 2011—Sarasota, FL—Integrating essential functionality at no added cost, peerVue introduces sophisticated voice recognition (VR) and reporting to its QICS (Qualitative Intelligence & Communications System). Rivaling the capabilities and precision of popular standalone voice applications, the new feature—the first ever free radiology VR application—is based on a custom-developed radiology language model for the Microsoft speech engine API. It makes QICS a truly unique and robust platform, which complements PACS and RIS, to fully automate radiology workflow, communication and report creation—from critical results, resident over reads and emergency room discrepancy management to radiation dose tracking—while supporting continuous departmental improvements and maximizing revenue. “Because voice recognition is such an integral part of modern medical workflow—indeed, of business workflow overall—it was essential to make it an integral part our enhanced QICS platform. VR has transitioned from a highly specialized, steeply priced offering to a widely available technology resident at no cost in an ever expanding list of devices and operating systems. This has allowed us to shift our VR from a standalone technology to a far more valuable integrated workflow tool,” explains Kyle Lawton, CEO of peerVue.  “Unlike most vendors, peerVue is not trying to shoehorn essential workflow into an existing VR system. Instead, we have enabled the leading HIT workflow and communications platform, QICS, to access an existing world-class speech engine and therefore have not added an additional price tag. Similarly to other applications like PACS and RIS, we have simply created a technological bridge between VR and QICS that was previously lacking.  After this introduction, no one will ever think of voice recognition in the same way!” The QICS VR engine, based on the free and widely available Microsoft API engine, will be easy to use, maintain and upgrade. In addition to its proprietary radiology language model, the new embedded VR system includes an automated method for ensuring ongoing recognition accuracy for individual users. It features advanced profile management with instantaneous web availability to ensure that users enjoy highly accurate speech recognition from any location. QICS VR also supports Philips SpeechMike III, customizable and outbound HL7, with other system compatibility to be introduced shortly. “In today’s busy medical workplace, physicians increasingly rely on voice recognition for a wide range of applications beyond traditional report dictation,” comments Lawton. “Prior to this, voice recognition has been a costly add-on requiring complex individual integration into each application. But with this major introduction, peerVue has changed the rules of the game.” Designed to bridge the gaps inherent in the multiple healthcare information systems in use today, QICS transforms existing healthcare data into qualitative intelligence used to drive an unlimited range of hospital workflows. It eliminates the need for workarounds in existing systems and an array of costly, standalone niche systems that fulfill unmet functionalities beyond the scope of HIS, RIS and PACS. Now, with QICS, even VR will be made seamlessly and universally available for functions from wet reads to critical results findings and inter-and cross-department communications. In short, the entire array of radiology department written communications will now become VR-enabled with no need to purchase, integrate, administer support or maintain a separate application. As part of its automated workflow and closed loop communications, QICS now brings the efficiency of dictation and voice recognition into a wide range of complex, multi-step radiology workflows such as the process of resident over reads and ED exam finalization. The QICS rules engine, for example, can be configured to notify residents when a new ED-dictated report is added to the system. While maintaining the report’s prelim status, a resident can use the integrated VR to recognize the dictation and make it available to both the ED and an attending for subsequent over read. The attending can edit the report using the built-in VR system as needed, finalize it in a single click and send it to the appropriate IT application. Any reporting discrepancies will be recorded in the QICS for communication to the ED and for Q/A tracking. peerVue debuted QICS at RSNA 2010 and ushered in a new category of healthcare workflow management and communications systems. Already, the peerVue platform been embraced by more than 100 institutions worldwide, including luminary organizations like Parkland Memorial Hospital, Regional Medical Imaging, South Jersey Radiology Associates and Multicare.  It is also distributed globally by industry leading RIS and PACS providers. About peerVue, Inc. Since its inception in 2002, peerVue has been redefining the healthcare IT market with intelligent workflow and communication solutions that enable healthcare organizations to improve patient care and safety, while reducing risk and simplifying process. With a passion for technology and innovation, peerVue was established to solve critical workflow and communication gaps in healthcare that jeopardize patient safety and render imaging organizations inefficient. Headquartered in Sarasota, Florida, peerVue delivers solutions worldwide with dozens of integrations to leading healthcare imaging and IT across multiple specialties, including radiology, mammography, cardiology and pathology. Contact peerVue at 877.572.9505 or visit www.peerVue.com Media Contact: Jeanne-Marie Phillips HealthFlash Marketing 1234 Summer Street Stamford, CT   ... Read more

KJAYA Medical Debuts iShareScan.com Free Cloud-Based …

Makes Diagnostic Quality Images available on the iPad and other Portable Devices* November 7, 2011—Stamford, CT—Enabling radiology practices to claim their piece of the imaging cloud, KJAYA Medical debuts at RSNA 2011 iShareScan.com, a workstation-class image sharing solution available at no cost to imaging sites. iShareScan.com enables uploading of images to the KJAYA cloud for immediate access, viewing and manipulation in 2D, 3D, 4D or PET-CT fusion by authorized physicians and patients. The unique new free solution takes advantage of the same super-computing cloud technology as KJAYA’s full per-study-fee-based VoXcell® imaging suite. Overcoming the traditional tradeoff between image quality and data transmission speed, KJAYA Medical's patent-pending innovations make cloud computing truly practical for the first time. Unlike competing solutions, KJAYA provides immediate access to images stored on the VoXcell cloud. Users no longer must wait for lengthy downloads or compromise the raw scan’s diagnostic quality. Moreover, image communication requires no advance set up between sites and can be quickly accomplished on-the-fly. The unique power of VoXcell cloud results from its ability to process images with lightning fast speed — 100 times faster than a typical server—and then transmit them over the Internet rapidly and securely in full diagnostic quality on demand. KJAYA relies on gaming technology-based supercomputing that produces and streams Web-based Intelligent Visualizations® instantaneously. Because scans are not downloaded to the local PC, the technology also offers the highest level of patient privacy, while ensuring HIPAA and HITECH Act compliance. The result is secure access to interactive diagnostic quality images on-demand in real-time on any computer including the iPad, making it an ideal image sharing platform. KJAYA’s technology benefits from the multiple graphic processing units (GPU) architecture of gaming technology, which handles large amounts of information simultaneously. As users manipulate scans on the local computer, instructions are sent from the user interface  to the remote VoXcell servers, which are "thinking" machines adapted to handle the ever increasing volumes of medical data. The servers stream rich visualizations back to users. KJAYA’s proprietary patent-pending diagnostic transmission algorithms overcome the Internet's low bandwidth and high latency, ensuring that all visualizations arrive in diagnostic quality at ultra-fast speed. By contrast, competing image sharing technologies use passive cloud servers focused on servicing file requests. Viewers wait long periods of time for scans to download and then must process them locally using comparatively slow performing standard PCs. Additionally, mobile devices such as the iPad cannot handle large images or perform 3D/4D reconstructions locally, significantly limiting their functionality for cloud-based image viewing. “KJAYA Medical believes that radiologists, physicians and patients deserve a better diagnostic imaging technology experience than what is available today,” says Kovey Kovalan, KJAYA president and founder. “We also believe such technology advancement should come at cost savings to help imaging facilities cope with reduced healthcare reimbursements, and such an outcome is possible with our cloud supercomputing technology." KJAYA estimates that customers experience 30-40% cost savings using KJAYA's fee-per-study offering compared to maintaining conventional system costs for storage hardware, offsite archiving, workstation hardware and software licenses for 2D and 3D viewing, PACS/RIS software licenses and yearly maintenance fees, personnel overhead, and other hidden fees. Using iShareScan.com, any imaging site can grant easy, convenient and free access to its images for collaboration, patient transfers and communication with referring physicians. Patients can also use the system to share their images with providers across the spectrum of care. The value of iShareScan.com extends well beyond simple image sharing. Trauma transfer cases can be rapidly viewed in high resolution and users can share interactive 3D information with physicians and patients over the web. This information is particularly valuable in such cases as a trauma transfer for a patient with fractured bone visualized in clear 3D, an oncologist viewing intuitive 3D PET-CT fusion of a cancer, or on-demand 3D manipulation of a scan by a surgeon before or during surgery. With iShareScan.com, uploaded studies will remain on the KJAYA cloud for up to 30 days without charge and can be stored longer for a nominal per-study fee. The application will enable easy and elegant image sharing and anytime, anywhere image availability. Facilities also can use the system to transfer studies from one PACS to another. KJAYA’s full VoXcell imaging suite includes complete RIS, PACS, image archiving and communications functionalities—plus a full range of advanced visualization tools—accessible through a standard web browser. VoXcell manages all imaging workflow throughout the enterprise, with a reasonable per-scan fee for images sent to the cloud. A substantial investment recently received from Enterprise Ireland’s High Potential Start Up program will provide KJAYA with the funding to launch its ambitious expansion plans, including supporting the free iShareScan.com. To sign up for KJAYA’s free iShareScan.com, visit the KJAYA booth 2660 at RSNA or www.iShareScan.com. * iPad and other portable devices use for diagnostic interpretation is pending FDA 510K clearance Media Contact: Jeanne-Marie Phillips HealthFlash Marketing 1234 Summer Street Stamford, CT  ... Read more

Medspira Debuts Breath Hold for Respiratory Motion …

New Biofeedback Device Puts Respiratory Motion on Hold and Allows for Proactive Breathing Management, etc. November 3, 2011—Minneapolis—Medspira introduces at RSNA 2011 Breath HoldTM, an easy-to-use standalone system for reliable respiration monitoring during treatments involving the lungs and upper abdomen. An innovative proactive RT solution, Breath Hold allows patients to accurately self monitor their breathing patterns based on biofeedback delivered by the device’s simple visual display. It enables radiation therapy facilities previously unable to address the problems of respiratory motion to help take control. Breath Hold is simple to use, portable and comfortable. It combines an expandable bellows system and a pressure sensitive transducer tube, which is wrapped around the patient’s chest or stomach to measure changes in abdominal girth due to patient respiration. For breath-hold monitoring, a reference point, typically either an inhale or exhale, is selected. After selection, the central monitor light communicates when patients have reached their respiratory target, while additional lights visually alert them if they stray from their desired hold position. To support a reproducible shallow respiratory pattern, patients work to keep their breathing pattern within a central group of lights. Equipped with a remote version of the display, radiation therapy staff in the control room are made aware of the patient’s respiration pattern in real time. Breath Hold represents a non-intrusive and comfortable way to promote predictable breath-hold and breathing patterns. It is a cost effective solution, and will enable sites to effectively address the problems of motion due to patient free breathing during radiation treatments involving the lungs and upper abdomen. It is particularly beneficial for treatments of the left breast. It also provides a practical, versatile alternative for those with more complex, time-consuming motion control technology already in-house. “In most radiation therapy procedures targeting the lungs and upper abdomen, respiratory motion is a frustrating fact of life,“ comments Ryan Gruening, VP of Sales & Marketing for Medspira. “Gating techniques and technology may be too difficult, time-consuming and costly to use, while patient breath-holds often cannot be reliably reproduced. As a result, many facilities treat with free breathing—which potentially puts healthy tissue at risk. Finally, Medspira Breath Hold provides an innovative new option, delivering powerful control over respiratory motion, efficiently, conveniently and affordably.” The new RT device complements Medspira’s existing Breath Hold technology for image guided biopsies and other applications in which respiratory motion is an issue. Medspira Breath Hold was developed at Mayo Clinic and is manufactured and marketed by Medspira, whose mission is to make the benefits of clinically inspired medical devices available to all healthcare professionals and their patients. About Medspira Since 2009, Medspira has worked with leading medical institutions to develop and market medical devices that provide cost effective diagnosis and treatment for a variety of conditions. Its highly focused distribution model addresses United States and worldwide markets. Products are produced in partnership with world-class, FDA approved and ISO 13485 registered manufacturing facilities.  Medspira was originally formed through the acquisition of product lines and technologies developed by Mayo Clinic. The company also maintains close relationships with major research organizations to track products that will fulfill its mission to bring important tools to more physicians, clinics and patients. Media Contact: Jeanne-Marie Phillips HealthFlash Marketing 1234 Summer Street Stamford, CT   ... Read more

CoActiv Introduces Ultra-Advanced EXAM-RIS v. 2.0 with …

Comprehensive Radiology Management at a Truly Affordable Price November 3, 2011—Ridgefield, Conn—CoActiv debuts at RSNA 2011 EXAM-RIS® v.2.0, an advanced, customizable web-based RIS that brings a full range of premium features to the management of medical images, while integrating seamlessly with CoActiv EXAM-PACS®. From comprehensive, specialized worklists and automated referring physician communications to a seamless HL7 interface for billing and more, new EXAM-RIS,  powered by Swearingen RISynergy®, will help imaging sites manage their workflow with complete electronic ease. “EXAM-PACS users already enjoy an application in the forefront of technology with a full range of leading edge features at an extremely affordable price. And they expect the same from all CoActiv products,” said Edward Heere, President and CEO of CoActiv. “With our new EXAM-RIS they can take advantage of a truly robust RIS that offers similar state-of-the-art functionality to our PACS at a comparably affordable price point.  The result will be a complete fully integrated radiology management suite.” Providing a consistent interface from scheduling to report signing, EXAM-RIS supports efficient, seamless workflow and delivers tools for radiologists, technologists, schedulers and administrators. The power of new CoActiv EXAM-RIS begins with a full featured scheduling module and sortable worklists for the radiologist, technologist, front desk, transcriptionists and more. The patient registration feature captures a full range of data from other hospital systems or it can be input directly into the system—from identity and insurance information to ICD9 codes.  Fully HL7 enabled, the RIS is flexible enough to interface throughout with complementary hospital and imaging center IT applications, including coding and billing. EXAM-RIS provides a radiologist interpretation module supporting all major third party dictation, transcription and voice-to-text systems (voice recognition (VR) applications), while the built-in transcription module delivers a wide range of premium features, including boilerplate texts and extended macros.  Physician reporting can be automated through fax, encrypted email or secure direct web access with flexible permissions. Designed for the ultimate in ease-of-use, radiologists interact with the system though a comprehensive, single-screen dashboard. This provides a view of all the radiologist’s scheduled procedures for that day and pending exam read. This all-inclusive task center also enables all report transcription features, complete display of all patient histories and much more. A Technologist Worklist provides an overview of the status of all exams for a selected day. Helpful premium features include the ability to track patient arrivals in real time as well as patient waiting times to enhance workflow management and quality of service. A Front Desk Worklist provides a snapshot of all daily exams with additional features such as color-coding, appointment modification and viewing by exam priority. The RIS also has a specialized Transcriptionist Worklist as well as a Manager’s Worklist. “Swearingen has decades of experience in RIS development and implementation with more than 200 installations across the country,” said Heere. “We decided to work with a highly experienced RIS expert so that we could offer a mature technology with the leading-edge features synonymous with the CoActiv name.  Also, Swearingen RIS products, like CoActiv EXAM-PACS, consistently have the highest KLAS scores in their respective categories.” Heere points out that EXAM-RIS also has an advanced system for analyzing patient demographics and histories and tracks patient film location both within and outside the enterprise. “Reporting also is a particular strength of EXAM-RIS,” he says. The application comes with a full range of standard reports and can easily be configured for any custom data analysis. “Choosing a seamless integration with CoActiv’s QUAD-REDUNDANT ARCHIVE® provides EXAM-RIS users with instant exam retrieval along with HIPAA compliance and audited security, making it the world’s fastest and most secure archiving system,” Heere notes. “Customizable features, workflows and reports are managed quickly and easily—without dealing with an 800-pound gorilla.” - EXAM-RIS® is a registered trademark of CoActiv, LLC. - RISynergy® is a registered trademark of Swearingen Software, Inc. About CoActiv CoActiv Medical™ is a leading healthcare software and IT systems provider offering a full line of PACS, digital image and data storage services and related solutions for hospitals, imaging facilities and medical practices of all sizes.  CoActiv’s EXAM-PACS® family of web-based PACS solutions provide leading edge, affordable and scalable image management with sophisticated tools that cater to the needs of radiologists as well as a full range of other imaging specialists.  Available as both enterprise server-based and cloud-based solutions, EXAM-PACS is designed for easy integration into imaging facilities of any size. Comprised of modular software components, EXAM-PACS enables any site to customize a solution to meet their specific needs and budgets or to add advanced functionality to an existing PACS solution.  EXAM-PACS includes EXAM-FILER® CD-burning solution; vendor-neutral, HIPAA- compliant, offsite/online EXAM-VAULT® QUAD-REDUNDANT ARCHIVING®; patent-pending EXAM-SENDER® referring physician system; EXAM-3D® advanced, multi-modular 3D color reconstruction and visualization; EXAM-NET™ teleradiology suite and EXAM-BROWSER™, a revolutionary fully cloud-based, zero-footprint universal DICOM viewer that enables anywhere, anytime review of medical images on any PACS from any platform, including iPhone, iPad, and all Android and other tablets and smartphones.  EXAM-PACS includes such premium features as support for breast specific gamma imaging (BSGI) and storage of non-DICOM data such as prescriptions, reports and surgical plans in patient files.  Complementing this is CoActiv’s family of EXAM-RIS® solutions scaled for imaging facilities of every size site and budget.  Contact CoActiv at (203) 894-1651; ed.heere@coactiv.com; www.coactiv.com. Media contact: Jeanne-Marie Phillips CoActiv Medical Ridgefield, ... Read more


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Northern Ireland Health and Social Care (HSC) the beginning of adoption of a pan-Northern Ireland Pharmacy Software Solution for the Business Services Organization (BSO) Information and Technology Service (ITS). The solution will be provided to HSC after a signing a contract with JAC Computer Services Limited (JAC). The steps towards complete implementation of the pan-Northern Ireland Pharmacy Software Solution include installing JAC’s new Enterprise Release Version 5. JAC has been known as a major provider of electronic medical management systems throughout the UK. Installing the company’s Enterprise means that multiple locations will be supported by a single system, featuring a common master drug catalogue, supplier file and patient file. The implementation of JAC’s Enterprise will allow all the HSC settings in Northern Ireland to share and use the same master files. Yet, access to these files can be configured based on the needs of each facility. Various objectives will be achieved by implementing JAC’s Enterprise. For instance, the solution supports a wide range of pharmaceutical actions that aim to enhance the health conditions of the patients. The Enterprise also offers information needed for monitoring performance and risk management measures within the connected facilities. "The implementation of this new system will significantly modernize the technology support to further improve the efficiency and effectiveness of our pharmacy and medicines management services." said Dr. Norman Morrow, the Chief Pharmaceutical Officer at the Department of Health and Social Care "Northern Ireland HSC were looking for a single system that could support all of its Trusts and organizations, to enable truly joined-up medications management that follows patients along their pathways of care. This will not only enable more effective and efficient control of drug usage, but will also realize significant economies for the HSC. This is truly a landmark project in the UK, and I believe it will be the model for future large-scale deployments." added Rob Tysall-Blay, CEO JAC Computer Services Ltd. Northern Ireland is not the only country to use JAC's Enterprise Release Version 5. The solution has been implemented in 41 hospitals in Western Province, South Africa. In addition, more than 50% of NHS Trusts in England are connected via this ... Read more

West Suffolk Hospital to Install Version One's …

West Suffolk Hospital NHS Trust has recently started to install a new electronic document imaging and data capture software solution form Version One. The hospital has been recently recognized as the top performing hospital in England, as a result ... Read more


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CSC, a leading company providing healthcare IT solutions, announced the successful establishment of the Master Patient Index (MPI), a new stage of the electronic health record (EHR) project in Austria. The MPI will allow healthcare providers in Austria to search, on nationwide basis, for patient information using social security number or eCard. The MPI will act by searching for electronic records operating at a local level. Later on, the Austrian EHR is allowed to access these local records to gain information for its database. The electronic patient record program in Austria, ELGA (Elektronische Gesundheitsakte) is carried out by the Austrian Federal Ministry for Health. The Ministry is taking complete responsibility for this program. CSC was selected in 2010 by ITSV (IT Services der Sozialversicherung), a section in Austria’s social insurance department to establish the MPI for the Austrian EHR system. Dr. Thomas Hladschik, , senior program manager at ITSV, said "The MPI will provide high quality data which can be used by healthcare providers to reduce time spent trying to find patient information," He Continued "When the electronic health record is complete, clinicians will have all the relevant information at their fingertips, ensuring that there is no need for medical tests to be carried out multiple times, documents are accessible nationwide and the end-to-end process around patient care is enhanced and accelerated." Guy Hains, president, CSC International, said "This is a great achievement for CSC and a clear example of how a national program can be successful. By providing a system that automatically displays detailed patient information at the point of care, clinicians will be able to spend more time treating their patients and providing the best and safest care possible. With this, CSC is transforming healthcare with better information for better decision. We are proud to be part of the Austrian vision for 'connected health' and the advanced architecture that has been ... Read more


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The Whittall Street Clinic in Birmingham city, one of the largest genitourinary medicine (GUM) clinics in the UK, is using AxSys’ Excelicare solution, an innovative electronic patient record (EPR). The new solution helps the clinic in achieving better productivity and more patient satisfaction. Excelicare became operational in August 2010. Since its adoption, the solution helped in reducing visiting times for patients. The objective now is to achieve a visiting time of less than 30 minutes for more than 90% of the patients attending the clinic. Patients book their appointments either online, by telephone, or at the clinic itself during visits. Once patients arrive at the hospital, they are asked few questions about their medical history, before the EPR systems decides to send them to a 'quick test clinic', or to visit a doctor. "This feature of the system has revolutionized the current concept of the medical reception. We can now offer a more flexible service and our receptionists can assist patients through their registration if required." said Dr. Kaveh Manavi, Consultant Physician HIV/GUM, Birmingham Whittall Street. He continued "Through the triage of patients we have become more efficient and can provide better care. Those presenting with symptoms are seen by a doctor, whilst those requiring a test can do so quickly and confidentially through our quick test clinic." AxSys’ Excelicare has many other features, such as an electronic prescribing system to confirm complete accuracy prescriptions carried out by doctors. Excelicare also features clinical decision support system tools (CDSS), which confirm that specific medical conditions are handled appropriately on basis of clinical protocols. Excelicare has significantly improved the services offered at Whittall Street Clinic. Dr. Manavi said "We are very enthusiastic about the Excelicare system because it has had a great impact on the way we run the GUM clinic. Future plans include the development of a family planning and Chlamydia screening modules to help us comply with the national strategy for sexual health services to offer integrated services to patients. These developments will improve productivity of the sexual health clinic even further." Dr Pradeep Ramayya, CEO, AxSys Technology, said "Birmingham Whittall Street clinic has set the gold standard for GUM with their EPR system, facilitating seamless collaborative care between staff, clinics, specialties and services. This demonstrates that yet again another trust has adopted our Excelicare solution to help improve patient care and efficiency whilst making cost ... Read more

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