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PACS/RIS Refresh Reaches London
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The shake-up of England’s PACS/RIS market is well underway, with trusts in London becoming the latest to start work on plans to exit from the national programme contracts drawn up a decade ago. The latest research from EHI Intelligence shows that the refresh is taking place in clearly defined waves as the result of the different contract end dates and intervention by the former Department of Health and NHS Supply Chain. It also suggests that the refresh is opening up new opportunities for suppliers, particularly PACS vendors shut out of the National PACS Programme, and, to a lesser extent, storage suppliers looking to supply vendor neutral archives to trusts leaving the national data stores. Report author Lindsay Bell said: When the end of the national contracts first came into view, there was considerable concern that the market would not be able to cope. “However, it appears that the refresh is happening in a fairly orderly fashion. This is giving trusts time to consider their options, and suppliers time to pitch for business and, hopefully, get new systems in place where that is the choice that trusts have made. “There is going to be considerable activity in the market through to 2016, and trusts seem genuinely excited by the possibilities that are opening up for them.” The National PACS Programme was set up in 2004 to digitise the imaging processes of the two thirds of English trusts that were still using film. It split the country into clusters and appointed a local service provider for each. The first wave of activity has been triggered by trusts in those areas where CSC was the LSP, since its national contracts expire this June. Trusts in these areas have either gone out to OJEU tender or made use of a framework contract drawn up by NHS Supply Chain to secure new deals, or make ‘tactical’ moves to secure their existing services. The next two waves of activity will occur as trusts in the areas where Accenture and BT were the LSPs decide what to do as their national contracts come to an end, and as trusts making ‘tactical’ decisions in the first two waves move onto more ‘strategic’ solutions. In London, the PACS programme team is working with trusts to place them into one of three exit phases: early exit (prior to 30 June 2014), exit on expiry, and continuation of service (until 31 July 2015 at the latest). EHI Intelligence’s latest report builds on a 2012 study of the PACS/RIS market, ‘Seeing is believing’, which predicted that GE Healthcare, the incumbent PACS supplier in the CSC regions, would struggle to maintain its dominant position. This has been borne out in practice, with a number of new PACS companies securing business. However, HSS has maintained its position as the dominant RIS supplier. Going forwards, Bell predicted that the large number of trusts making ‘tactical’ decision was likely to give incumbent suppliers a bigger advantage than they have enjoyed so far. “They now have an opportunity to show trusts they can provide good value for money, good service, and new products, free of the shackles imposed by the national contracts,” she argued. Other lively sections of the digital imaging market include managed services, vendor neutral archiving, and standards-based systems; although many trusts seem reluctant to invest in the latter until they see other local trusts doing the ... Read more

London Trust Chooses Sectra Breast Imaging PACS to …

The Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals Trust (BHRUT) in London has awarded the IT and medical technology company Sectra (STO: SECT B) a five-year contract to supply a breast imaging PACS. The investment will allow BHRUT to improve its services to the women participating in the Trust’s breast screening program.  The solution will facilitate fast and highly efficient reading of screening mammograms which will improve the breast screening service to the 72,000 women examined each year. The new system will allow for seamless integration with other Sectra PACS sites through the use of cross platform workflow which enables regional sharing of images. Sectra Breast Imaging PACS is focused on workflow and the solution has been designed around the requirements of BHRUT. Sectra PACS provides a truly multi-vendor environment where all equipment is seamlessly integrated into a single user friendly and efficient solution. About Sectra: Sectra develops and sells IT systems and services for radiology, women’s health, orthopaedics and rheumatology. More than 1,400 hospitals, clinics and imaging centers worldwide use the systems daily, together performing over 70 million radiology examinations annually. This makes Sectra one of the world-leading companies within systems for handling digital radiology images. In Scandinavia, Sectra is the market leader with more than 50% of all film-free installations. Sectra’s systems have been installed in North America, Scandinavia and most major countries in Europe and the Far East. Sectra was founded in 1978 and has its roots in Linköping University in Sweden. The company’s business operation includes cutting-edge products and services within the niche segments of medical systems and secure communication systems. Sectra has offices in 12 countries and operates through partners worldwide. Sales in the 2011/2012 fiscal year totaled SEK 823 million. The Sectra share is quoted on the NASDAQ OMX Stockholm AB ... Read more

Leeds Takes Agfa PACS
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Leeds Teaching Hospital NHS Trust has signed a new contract with Accenture to deploy Agfa's picture archiving and communications system.The trust is in the exit phase of the NPfIT PACS contract, but has decided to continue with Accenture and Afga HealthCare as its service providers. The Agfa PACS was delivered to trusts in the North, Midlands and East by Accenture as part of the national programme. In May last year, the Department of Health signed a one-year extension with the company.Eileen Jessop, Leeds' deputy informatics director, told EHI that the new contract was not a part of the extension, but the result of a new tender.“We want to do it differently this time, we want a partner. We want to get image sharing right across the region,” she said. “The trust hopes to breathe new life into the contract with Accenture and Afga.”She added that it had been a quick verdict as the trust made its decision just two weeks after closing the tender. “This contract forms a core part of the trusts informatics strategy, and the relationship with Accenture and Afga going forward is key to the organisation,” said Jessop. The Leeds trust board approved a comprehensive five-year informatics strategy in 2011, which aims to deliver a paper-lite environment at the trust. The trust is currently undergoing a complete IT overhaul, which will see several new systems implemented and improved. This includes an image exchange portal for radiology and cardiology.“We want to get hold of the images in one repository for everything and we want a vendor neutral archive into the portal,” said Jessop. Other IT projects include a new version of the trust’s open source clinical portal, results reporting, and implementing electronic discharge summaries into GP ... Read more

HL7 Standards, IP Now at No Cost…

Making good on its promise, Health Level Seven International’s primary standards and other intellectual property are now available to license at no cost. The decision represents HL7’s commitment to the betterment of healthcare worldwide by ensuring that all stakeholders have equal access to its HIT standards, officials said. HL7 first announced its intent to offer its standards and intellectual property free in September 2012. Today, the policy is in effect, and it includes all currently published standards, implementation guides and other select IP as determined on a case-by-case basis. “By making our standards freely available, we hope to accelerate the evolution of healthcare information exchange at the very basic levels, and ultimately to impact wellness and healthcare delivery on a global scale, said Charles Jaffe, MD, CEO of HL7. “This was discussed for two years, voted upon by the board in August, and announced publicly in September,” Jaffe said. “This helps meet multiple demands – that is easier access, reduce barriers to adoption, broader implementation. It was applauded worldwide.” In tandem with its free IP offering, HL7 also plans to revise its membership model, and expects to announce the details in September. “The other side of the coin is that with the IP freely available, there is a concern that some members – existing or potential – will defer to free access, and they won’t feel obliged to do what is the morally responsible thing, which is to support the organization,” Jaffe told Healthcare IT News during a meeting at HIMSS13. “There are multiple vendors – large and small – who for whatever reason are not HL7 members. They use the IP, and they have it widely identified on their websites,” he said. “In fact we have to rethink the business model upon which HL7 is predicated and has been successful for nearly three decades. That is you want legal access to the IP, you become a member." In addition to the existing benefits of membership, new benefits and services, many of which are designed to assist with implementation, are under development and may include: extensive expansion of deeply discounted or free education programs and training, exclusive access to HL7 experts, certification of HL7 conformance; a professionally supported help desk; and enhanced testing of individual expertise in HL7 development, training, and ... Read more

Technology Eliminates Barriers to Care…

In an area as vast as northern B.C., where population densities are low, delivering healthcare is a monumental challenge. But thanks to advances in diagnostic equipment technology, widespread digital transmission of test results and reliable ... Read more

Case Study: UNC Department of Radiology…

Patient care directed at improving the health of North Carolinians is a principal tenet of the UNC School of Medicine’s mission. Within the 19 clinical departments comprising the School of Medicine, highly trained appointed faculty are key drivers of patient care delivery at UNC Healthcare.  A collective priority in delivering quality patient care at UNC Healthcare is to ensure it reaches North Carolina’s underserved.  UNC Department of Radiology clinical faculty members have traditionally accommodated this patient subset in the imaging care they extend to all North Carolinians who are seen at UNC Healthcare. Getting to Know UNC Department of Radiology In early 2011, the UNC Department of Radiology determined that it could externally market the imaging interpretation capacities of its board-certified subspecialists.  Adding teleradiology to its day-to-day workflow appealed not only as an alternative source of revenue for the Department, but also as an established system for state-funded subspecialists to offer imaging interpretation services across North Carolina.  Such an initiative appropriately directed the Department’s skill set to serving state-operated healthcare facilities throughout North Carolina. The Department of Radiology needed an application capable of multi-facility input that would parallel the existing interpretation.  Such a system would require multiple capacities: 1) ease of use and configuration; 2) adaptability to variable case volume; 3) minimal start-up cost; 4) a low-impact software “footprint”; 5) a unified RIS/PACS component; 6) elimination of separate order entry; and 7) ease of identifying the source of study. Workflow Improvements In late 2011, through a Request for Proposal process, Avreo was selected as the core outreach application.  Avreo’s interWORKS Dayhawk provides external, interpretation-only services from workstations independently managed, but situated next to PACS stations used for daily, in-house patient care.  interWORKS Dayhawk’s optimized connectivity allows Department subspecialists to generate and turn around reports at a pace independent of the reading room workflow. Built-in features like patient record management, technologist quality assurance review and full-featured, diagnostic viewer also made interWORKS Dayhawk attractive for permitting Department radiologists to customize reports to the needs of clients. The Department of Radiology proceeded with installing interWORKS Dayhawk as the instrument for offering interpretation services to state-operated healthcare facilities.  The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) became the first major state-run entity to contract with the Department of Radiology for patient case interpretations.  Thanks to Avreo’s installation of the interWORKS Dayhawk solution, the Department of Radiology provides interpretation services to five DHHS-operated facilities across North Carolina.  interWORKS Dayhawk’s Technologist Quality Assurance (TechQA) allows each facility to ensure image quality and order accuracy before submitting images to UNC’s radiologists for interpretation. On March 5th, 2012, DHHS’ first studies were submitted to the Department’s interWORKS Dayhawk system from Central Regional Hospital, the state’s largest psychiatric care facility.  Over the next 12 months, the remaining four NC DHHS-operated facilities contracted with the Department came on board.  All five facilities had encountered similar problems when they’d previously outsourced elsewhere for interpretation -- variable quality in returned reports; unpredictable or slow report turnaround time; and decentralized records management, among other workflow challenges. Since early 2012, interWORKS Dayhawk has measurably improved the timeliness and consistency of imaging care these five entities administer to psychiatric, developmentally disabled and other underserved patients traditionally seen at state-run facilities.  interWORKS Dayhawk’s diagnostic viewing, dictation, transcription and automated report distribution both optimized the radiology workflow and integrated the systems for imaging interpretation amongst five facilities serving residents from all 100 North Carolina counties.  interWORKS Dayhawk also allowed the UNC Department of Radiology to establish consistent protocols, same-day report return, streamlined interpretation, and electronic receipt of results within the developing EHR systems of state-operated client facilities. The interWORKS Dayhawk solution not only allows the UNC Department of Radiology to offer interpretation-only services to outside facilities from independently managed workstations at UNC Healthcare.  On a larger scale, Avreo also reinforces the School of Medicine’s mission by establishing an outlet for state-operated healthcare facilities to work with state-funded clinical faculty to ensure quality subspecialty care reaches North Carolina’s underserved. About Avreo Avreo, founded in 1997, is a leading provider of Radiology Workflow Solutions for outpatient facilities, multi-specialty organizations, community hospitals, radiology groups, and orthopedic practices. Our family of innovative solutions combines services from RIS, PACS, EHR, Dictation, Transcription, and Automatic Report Distribution within a single application, single database solution to encompass all the features a busy practice or hospital needs to operate efficiently. Avreo is a privately held company based in Charleston, SC. Avreo offers solutions on an operational (fee/exam) or capital acquisition payment ... Read more

ETIAM-Connect Speeds Outside Images Direct to the …

ETIAM, Cambridge, MA – March 1, 2013 – Heralded by the new promotional theme Direct to the Point-of-Care…Outside Images Seamlessly Delivered – ETIAM enhances its flagship ETIAM-Connect image sharing and management system with a range of timely new features at HIMSS 2013. Debuting at HIMSS is a sophisticated analytics dashboard (or functionality) that tracks enterprise image activity, including volume and destination of outside images, movement of images within the hospital and external image sharing. In addition, for outside images entering the enterprise, ETIAM also introduces enhanced automated reconciliation of patient identifiers to seamlessly incorporate outside images in an internal PACS. “In today’s complex healthcare environment, large volumes of images flow in and out of the enterprise with few mechanisms to track or support this activity,” says Eric Le Bihan, President of ETIAM. “The growing complexity of healthcare regulation requires documentation of a wide range of imaging-related information. In today’s age of Big Data, hospitals need to track, analyze and manage vast amounts of information, including imaging statistics. “Additionally, as hospitals implement an ever-expanding range of IT solutions to automate the image communications process, understanding data volume and flow will guide selection of appropriate solutions, help forecast archiving needs and much more.” Le Bihan also adds that the increased cross-enterprise image exchange necessitates ingestion of appropriate images in the enterprise PACS. Automation of the process is extremely beneficial. “In large institutions, and many small hospitals as well, the volume of CDs, DVDs, electronic images and films flowing in can be overwhelming,” he says. “ETIAM’s automatic reconciliation of patient identifiers ensures information integrity and streamlines image communications throughout the hospital and appropriate incorporation in the PACS.” The only solution of its kind, ETIAM-Connect manages images from beyond the enterprise as well as caters to the demand for both internal and external images from departments beyond radiology. The new promotional theme Direct to the Point-of-Care . . . Outside Images Seamlessly Delivered succinctly sums up the unique functionality of ETIAM’s flagship technology. With ETIAM-Connect, all medical images entering a facility on CD and DVD can be directly transferred from the clinical department involved to the enterprise PACS or other IT system accessible by all clinicians, with a complete management and automation of patient information reconciliation. The system also handles non-standard DICOM such as iSite, Amicas and SCImage images. If desired, the institution can decide to import into the PACS only select studies and to temporarily store others on a web-accessible local ETIAM server, where they can be accessed by all clinicians as needed. This enables broad image access without storing images of patients seen on a consultative basis only. ETIAM-Connect provides full HIPAA compliance of images and related information and enables restriction of access to designated external nodes without any reconfiguration of internal hospital IT infrastructure. ETIAM-Connect also provides a URL for uploading DICOM images and associated documents for electronic sharing of information from beyond the enterprise. An ETIAM Agent gateway can be installed in regular hospital partner sites to provide a proxy enabling direct PACS-to-PACS communication. Beyond image communication, ETIAM-Connect also provides a complete solution for bidirectional information exchange including routing, messaging, workflow, directory, logs and statistics management. About ETIAM ETIAM, the medical image connectivity company, provides secure medical networking solutions to hospitals and healthcare professionals with end-to-end, easy-to-use, feature-rich software and services, through a unique software technology and platform. With more than 2,000 customers in Europe and North America, ETIAM solutions allow physicians to securely and reliably exchange medical images while benefiting from 24/7 support. ETIAM solutions seamlessly integrate documents, film, video, visible light and other images, transport and distribute them to any PACS and electronic health record (EHR) ... Read more

Hospitals Embrace Colorado Telehealth Network Imaging …

Recently, in Colorado, a governor’s emergency and trauma care task force recommended that the state develop a centralized image exchange and broadband network to enable clinicians to view medical images at the point of care. Typically, when committees articulate such a goal, there’s a long road ahead trying to figure out how to make things happen. Little did task force members know that Colorado hospitals were already bringing this vision to fruition through the Colorado Telehealth Network (CTN), which in November 2012 had launched a program that enables healthcare providers to safely store and share medical images through a private cloud-based vendor neutral archive (VNA), hosted and managed by GNAX Health, Atlanta. “In trauma care, seconds count. Being able to have a clinician in a remote area x-ray a person who just got hurt in a ski accident in Breckenridge and then immediately share that image with a trauma doctor in Denver is priceless. With this capability, the trauma specialist and the physician on site can talk on the phone together while looking at and manipulating the same image. The imaging study doesn’t actually have to move anywhere. So, there’s no lag time and the trauma doctor can truly provide guidance that could help treat the patient more effectively,” says Toria Thompson, healthcare strategy consultant at Colorado Telehealth Network. The consolidated archive also eliminates the need for patients to carry their images from provider to provider on disc -- a practice that often resulted in the need for duplicate studies as many of the providers simply could not read the manually transported media.  As such, the VNA is helping to eliminate unnecessary exposure to radiation. Although these clinical advantages have spurred interest in the VNA, the business value of the model is attracting providers as well. To start, hospital leaders recognize that storing images in a cloud based archive will eliminate future costs associated with transferring archived images from an existing to a replacement PACs. By moving to a vendor neutral archive, they can pay to transfer the images now and avoid that expense the next time they swap out their PACS technology. In addition, storing images in the VNA makes it possible to provide physicians with a single interface for viewing images, a requirement for Stage 2 Meaningful Use. The fact that the VNA stores images for decades, compared to a few years, makes the model more attractive than some of the other “table-top” storage schemes that are being deployed by other organizations. CTN is integrating the image viewing capability into two established health information exchanges (HIEs) – the Colorado Regional Health Information Organization (CORHIO) and Quality Health Network (QHN). When it becomes available, health care providers participating in these HIEs will have the option to access the medical images through the HIE. As such, CTN does not have to start from scratch but can instead leverage the HIEs’ work with master patient indexes (MPIs), provider access, log-ins, security and overall governance. With this approach in place, there is no need to create individual point-to-point interfaces into each of the provider organization’s PACS. The program, in fact, was developed by nine Colorado hospitals. Working with CTN, these hospitals discovered that the unique requirements of the initiative would require a specific set of capabilities that could be addressed through a strategic alliance. Several use cases - such as the ability to search, retrieve and exchange medical image studies federated across CTN and view images quickly from the cloud - led to this best-of-breed approach. After a thorough RFI process and evaluation of five solutions, CTN selected a solution provided by GNAX Health through a strategic alliance with Acuo Technologies and Client Outlook. "We have already signed up our first hospital and are well on our way to bringing others aboard. We are confident this new image-storing service has the functionality and advantages our clients deserve, and promises to significantly enhance patient care coordination and quality across Colorado,” says Ed Bostick, executive director of Colorado Health Network.  “The real beauty of it, though, is that we are adding this image viewing capability without the additional costs associated with setting up costly one-to-one interfaces into each provider’s ... Read more

Integrating Patient Photos, Imaging Studies into PACS …

Digital photos of patients taken at the same time as imaging examinations can be easily integrated into a picture archiving and communication system to prevent errors and improve diagnostic capabilities, according to an article published this month ... Read more

Agfa HealthCare to Highlight New Imaging Portfolio…

Agfa HealthCare announces that at ECR 2013, it will demonstrate - under the umbrella theme of M-power your radiology department - how its growing portfolio of diagnostic imaging solutions delivers on the imaging needs of the radiology department. Agfa HealthCare will launch its new CR 12-X* table-top Computed Radiography (CR) system. This solution offers hospitals an affordable way to move to the high image quality and customer-specific, optimal workflow of CR. Addressing the radiology department's need for high-quality, high-productivity image capture systems, Agfa HealthCare will also showcase a rich portfolio of Direct Radiography (DR) solutions empowered by Agfa HealthCare's MUSICA² image processing algorithm, from mobile to affordable and fully automated, high-performance DR rooms as its DX-D 600 system. Moreover Agfa HealthCare's remote-controlled DX-D 800* offers real time images for fluoroscopy and general radiography providing thus enhanced flexibility in diagnostics. Visitors will see as well how Agfa HealthCare helps empower healthcare enterprises to improve the delivery of patient care, using its integrated, patient-centric, open-standards-based IT solutions. With its in-depth experience in Imaging Informatics, it provides solutions that facilitate collaborative and shared workflows across the healthcare organization, the care delivery network or the entire region. Among the highlights that Agfa HealthCare will showcase at ECR: Maximize investment and upgrade existing X-ray modalities Agfa HealthCare will show a range of DR and CR solutions to fit every healthcare enterprise's needs and situation. DX-D Retrofit: a cost-effective yet versatile DR upgrade solution that allows facilities to move to DR, while maximizing their existing investments in imaging equipment. DX-D 400: floor-mounted X-ray solution that can be combined with either the latest CR or DR technology. Either configuration offers state-of-the-art imaging technology at an affordable cost - without compromising functionality, performance or image quality. CR 10-X: an affordable, tabletop CR solution, offering cost-effective entry into computed radiography, and suited for mobile applications. The new CR 12-X*: an affordable, compact CR solution that can be adjusted to meet the facility's specific needs for high image quality and throughput. Mobility and real-time workflow - close to the patient Visitors will see how Agfa HealthCare solutions deliver real mobility, allowing caregivers to stay close to patients without sacrificing efficiency or access to necessary patient information. IMPAX Mobile Worklist: lets caregivers consult patient charts and record the study acquisition wherever the patient is in the hospital, even in the emergency room. IMPAX RIS/PACS/Reporting solutions: seamless integration of the Radiology Information System (RIS), Picture Archiving and Communication System (PACS) and reporting creates a single workflow from start to finish. XERO viewer technology: delivers on the clinician's need for easy-to-use, robust tools for managing and accessing the ever-growing wealth of patient imaging data available, at any point of care. DX-D 100: a fully motorized mobile DR X-ray unit that makes no compromises in delivering productivity and workflow improvement benefits, combined with excellent image quality. Monitoring and measurement solutions empower effective management: Agfa HealthCare continues to develop and deliver tools that help hospitals measure and manage PACS data, to meet the goal of cost-effectively providing top-quality patient care. Cesium-based DR detectors and CR needle plates: offer clinicians a potential for dose reduction by as much as fifty percent compared to conventional powder phosphor plates and gadolinium DR detectors. Dedicated MUSICA2 image processing software and the exposure index within the NX workflow tools provide a relative exposure measurement within an exam type. IMPAX Radiation Exposure Monitoring (REM): provides an automated way to collect, organize and analyze a patient's radiation exposure from medical imaging studies, supporting better-informed decision making, radiology department best practices and conformance to regulations, for example. IMPAX Business Intelligence: lets healthcare managers and care providers use existing data to increase transparency, improve the patient experience, identify cost saving opportunities, and more. Global Remote Incident Prevention (GRIP) services: state-of-the-art electronic monitoring, to help deliver maximum uptime of the hospital's PACS and IT infrastructure. Comprehensive clinical imaging value chain across all patient care locations. Agfa HealthCare delivers solutions that allow collaboration and a shared workflow between the different players in the healthcare organization, whether across the enterprise, or region-wide. Regional imaging: radiology without boundaries: Agfa HealthCare's regional imaging portfolio allows shared workflows over an entire network of care delivery. It includes the IMPAX Data Center, a vendor neutral image management solution that enables management, access, and exchange of the patient's longitudinal imaging record across heterogeneous RIS/PACS environment. Enterprise imaging: leave no image behind: Imaging Clinical Information System (ICIS) consolidates multimedia patient imaging records across different medical imaging systems throughout the enterprise while optimizing individual departmental workflows. It plays a key role in image-enabling the Electronic Health Record (EHR). Global strategic relationship with Orion Health: The collaboration with this global leader in Health Information Exchange (HIE) and healthcare integration solutions is aimed at image-enabling EHR and HIE solutions; providing cost-effective e-health deployments across hospitals, health systems, regions, and nation states; and helping these entities achieve healthcare reform and improve care quality and ... Read more

Six Reasons for RIS/PACS Adoption in SME Hospitals…

In order to improve patient care with fewer resources, and because it’s more critical for hospitals to adopt more efficient work flows, core technologies like RIS and PACS emerged to help all the medical enterprises like hospitals and medical centers to achieve these goals without wasting their resources. PACS (Picture Archiving and Communication System) allows physicians to gain access to all the information and allows hospitals to establish streamlined workflows and eliminate communication barriers. More information, fewer resources, and increasing patient care demands an ever changing technology. That’s why we believe that hospitals must adopt new tool with cost-effective architecture and technology that scales to meet the size and complexity of any enterprise. Hospitals must keep pace with technology and the competition. Hospitals need also to attract and retain physicians, and manage the ever-increasing volume of information and medical images produced by day-to-day work. Lots of hospitals are turning to enterprise-wide PACS solutions to help implement these concerns and increase their clinical efficiency. Here are six reasons why should you go for automating your radiology department: Major Cost Savings: By implementing an enterprise-wide RIS/PACS you will not only gain clinical and operational advantages, but it will also help your hospital to save significant amounts of money and space. Immediate Productivity Gains: You will begin to see immediate and dramatic increases in productivity during post-implementation of your medical imaging PACS. Instant return on investment: PACS offers an instant return on investment because you can capture all data elements and have them in one place for billing. That means you will not have incomplete billing information. Long-Term Return on Investment: Not only you will gain productivity and efficiency, PACS increases hospital referrals, these referrals will provide the physicians with the easiest way to obtain information to manage their patients' care. Reduce Film Costs: And because PACS medical images are digital, all hospitals may will the opportunity to completely eliminate using films. Many hospitals are completely filmless in less than five months, and are able to eliminate all film in reading rooms. Reallocate Resources: Stop collecting zillions of papers, and reduce or allocate full time technicians who no longer need to process, proof and ship film. Some hospitals have eliminated their medical imaging film rooms entirely and converted them to much-needed office space. As said above, a PACS system generally allows greater efficiency for radiologists and other medical imaging professionals, but more importantly it also allows them to provide better patient care, which is what radiology is ... Read more


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TeraMedica announced that following an agreement between the parties on October 25th, 2012, Vanderbilt University Medical Center will implement TeraMedica's Evercore® Clinical Enterprise Suite in mid-2013. Vanderbilt University Medical Center will utilize TeraMedica’s patented Smartstore™ module from its Evercore® vendor neutral architecture. The Smartstore module, which intelligently manages the total image lifecycle of all DICOM content, will be deployed at Vanderbilt University Medical Center starting with radiology and cardiology content. To enable clinical access and efficiency across Vanderbilt’s large and complex delivery system, a technology platform was needed for both patient-centered and cross patient content that could work within a Red Hat Linux operating system. In addition, TeraMedica will provide data migration services from Vanderbilt’s PACS as well as archiving capabilities. “We are honored that Vanderbilt University Medical Center has named TeraMedica as its vendor neutral archive provider,” said Jim Prekop, TeraMedica’s President and CEO. “By doing so, Vanderbilt University Medical Center now joins the list of such prestigious institutions as the Mayo Clinic, Johns Hopkins Medicine, Duke University Health System, Stanford Hospital & Clinics, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and more to have selected our Evercore VNA. The addition of Vanderbilt and other highly-regarded institutions to our client base proves that TeraMedica is the vendor neutral archive of choice among leading academic centers.” Evercore integrates and manages patient-centric clinical content including standard DICOM objects in the clinical and research settings across wide geographies. Evercore also possesses the ability to natively manage and distribute data beyond DICOM using global standards such as MPG, JPG, PDF and other critical clinical content such as treatment plans for cancer care and vital reports in non-standard formats. About TeraMedica® Inc. TeraMedica, Inc., a global healthcare informatics company based in Milwaukee, WI, is the leading provider of vendor neutral, enterprise-wide solutions for unrestricted medical image management. The company began with the successful development of a cross-departmental, patient-centric clinical image archive for the Mayo Clinic in 2001. To date, TeraMedica has over 600 customer-driven deployments on six continents. Such flexibility can only be achieved by an organization that is committed to exceeding customer expectations using a technology platform that has been designed for ... Read more

NationalRad Selects Intelerad PACS for Nationwide …

Denver, Colorado and Montreal, Canada – February 4, 2013 – Intelerad Medical Systems™, a leader in medical imaging PACS, RIS and workflow solutions, announced that NationalRad have selected IntelePACS® to support their nationwide network of subspecialty radiologists. The solution was selected on a number of factors, including its scalability, image accessibility and a universal viewer and worklist that provides a consistent user experience for remote reading.“As a highly distributed teleradiology group, it was important to deploy a solution that would provide radiologists with rapid access to studies no matter where they’re located,” said Karen Jodat, Chief Operating Officer, NationalRad. “Since deploying IntelePACS across our organization, we’ve been able to increase our radiologists’ mobility, as they always have access to the same customized solution interfaces and viewer.”           Established in 1999, NationalRad provide over 100,000 subspecialty interpretations to approximately 125 clients per year. These customers include physician practices, imaging centers and radiology groups. Based in Deerfield Beach and Weston, Florida, their staff of 24 radiologists is spread across the U.S., with the majority working from home offices.Since going live with IntelePACS in September, NationalRad have seen a tremendous increase in productivity due to solution’s ease of use, as well as the speed at which doctors can access studies and complete reports. These results have driven satisfaction rates with both NationalRad’s staff and customers.  "IntelePACS is designed to excel in highly distributed environments, which makes it the ideal solution for NationalRad,” said Randall Oka, President and CEO, Intelerad. “The solution is highly scalable which allows radiology groups to grow with ease, and by leveraging the solution’s Multi-Method Reporting™ module, which blends dictation, voice recognition and structured reports, radiology groups can drive productivity and maintain high standards of quality across their care network.”For more information on IntelePACS, visit http://www.intelerad.com/en/P10-intelepacs.html.About InteleradIntelerad Medical Systems is a leader in distributed radiology, specializing in RIS, PACS and workflow solutions for healthcare organizations. Intelerad solutions increase productivity and streamline workflow by overcoming technical barriers in distributed and complex environments. Highly scalable, flexible and robust, Intelerad’s solutions offer high performance and industry leading customer service and support. Intelerad solutions like KLAS category leader IntelePACS® and Frost & Sullivan Healthcare Innovation Award recipient InteleOne® are used in more than 1000 sites across North America, Oceania and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit www.intelerad.com.Contact Helene Gey Intelerad Medical Systems Incorporated514.931.6222 ext. 7424helene.gey@intelerad.comwww.intelerad.comConnect with Intelerad on:Blog:                     http://intelerad-insider.com/Twitter:                 https://twitter.com/inteleradFacebook:           http://www.facebook.com/InteleradYouTube:             http://www.youtube.com/user/InteleradInsiderLinkedIn:             ... Read more

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