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Konica Minolta Acquires Panasonic Healthcare Ultrasound Diagnostic …

Wayne, NJ, December 3, 2013 – Konica Minolta Medical Imaging announced today that its parent company, Konica Minolta, Inc., has signed a business transfer agreement with Panasonic Healthcare Co., Ltd. (Panasonic Healthcare) under which the ultrasonic diagnostic equipment business of Panasonic Healthcare is to be transferred to Konica Minolta. All Panasonic Healthcare's assets necessary for planning, development, manufacturing, sales, maintenance, etc., will be transferred, effective on January 1, 2014. Konica Minolta and Panasonic Healthcare have been jointly developing ultrasonic systems. The existing OEM-supply business relationship between Panasonic Healthcare and its customers will also be transferred to Konica Minolta. “The acquisition of Panasonic Healthcare ultrasound business represents additional growth opportunities for our company in the primary imaging solutions market,” says David Widmann, President and COO, Konica Minolta Medical Imaging. “Panasonic has a rich, 50-year history in ultrasound with a reputation for high-quality products. The combination of Panasonic with our parent companies optics business, we are excited at the prospect for developing new, innovative probes for our ultrasound business unit.” Ultrasonic diagnostic equipment has advantages such as enabling real-time diagnostic imaging at the point-of-care. It is a non-ionizing radiation imaging device that translates to immediacy of care, increasing patient satisfaction and, in many cases, providing a primary diagnosis that can help avoid the need for more costly imaging studies, such as MR or CT. Continued growth is expected in the market in the future. Konica Minolta continues to enhance its growth strategy in the healthcare business by expanding digital X-ray diagnostic imaging systems, including the AeroDR, its current mainstream products, fostering Healthcare IT services business and driving growth of business for new ultrasound diagnostic equipment with benefits based on Konica Minolta's innovative strength through the business transaction announced today. About Konica Minolta Medical Imaging Konica Minolta Medical Imaging is a world class provider and market leader in medical diagnostic primary imaging. With over 75 years of endless innovation, Konica Minolta is globally recognized as a leader providing cutting-edge technologies and comprehensive support aimed at providing real solutions to meet customer's needs. Konica Minolta Medical Imaging, headquartered in Wayne, NJ, is a unit of Konica Minolta, Inc. (TSE: ... Read more

NovaRad Releases NovaRIS and NovaPACS 8…

American Fork, Utah - December 3, 2013, Smarter study comparisons, new modality activity/cost management reports and an enhanced interface are some of the latest upgrades in NovaRad’s NovaRIS/NovaPACS combined radiology system. The new smarter study comparison functionality automatically opens related comparison studies for and open study. The modality activity/cost management report enables easier tracking both modality productivity and profitability. Additional updates in this latest version: Consulting physician field in diagnostic reports. Easy restoration of deleted studies up to 90 days after deletiom. Enhanced, comprehensive integration with third-party long-term archives. The combined RIS/PACS system is web-based and runs on the same open source platform to ensure seamless integration and help speed installation. The combined system is also available in Spanish and through an ASP model. About Novarad: With more than 850 installations worldwide, Novarad is the healthcare community's trusted provider of radiology technologies. Novarad's full diagnostic suite of PACS, RIS, cardiology, orthopedic and mammography systems increase radiology efficiency and deliver unmatched value. Images and reports are available anytime, anywhere via the full diagnostic viewer, iPad or any mobile device with web access. Novarad has been ISO certified since 2006 and holds FDA 510(k) ... Read more

Novarad Introduces Integrated, Certified RIS/EHR for …

American Fork, Utah, December 2, 2013 – Novarad’s NovaRIS, first certified as an ambulatory EHR module in July 2012, is now fully integrated with a complete, ONC-ATCB certified EHR for ambulatory practice settings. This certified RIS/EHR solution includes all the features and functions necessary for imaging centers and other eligible providers to meet meaningful use (MU) attestation criteria and will continue to do so for every Stage. Integration between the RIS and EHR streamlines radiology workflow to save time. For imaging centers, the required patient information is captured during the patient scheduling or check-in process and MU audit reports are made accessible through the Reports area of NovaRIS. The RIS remains the primary workflow that triggers the integrated EHR information capture and denominator tracking. This solution is the newest in Novarad’s Diagnostic Suite that includes more than one dozen products. In addition to PACS and RIS, the suite includes dose monitoring, mammography and ortho viewers, CVIS, performance dashboards, mobile viewers, and a vendor neutral archive (VNA). About Novarad: With more than 850 installations worldwide, Novarad is the healthcare community's trusted provider of radiology technologies. Novarad's full diagnostic suite of PACS, RIS, cardiology, orthopedic and mammography systems increase radiology efficiency and deliver unmatched value. Images and reports are available anytime, anywhere via the full diagnostic viewer, iPad or any mobile device with web access. Novarad has been ISO certified since 2006 and holds FDA 510(k) ... Read more


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Singled Out for Achievement in Supporting an HIE Set to Manage Images for Population of 7,000,000. (December 2, 2013 - CHICAGO)  The New South Wales state-wide image repository powered by TeraMedica’s Evercore Vendor Neutral Archive (VNA) has been recognized with the Australian Premier’s Award for Public Service. The project, managed by government agency HealthShare NSW, was selected for superiority in the Public Sector category for Improving Performance and Accountability. The installation is being implemented in phases to help enable immediate access to patient imaging exams and reports across all public hospitals included in one of the world’s largest Health Imaging Exchanges (HIE)s. The solution provides for an efficient and effective means for transmitting medical images and reports between facilities. This provides for improved patient care and service while significantly reducing costs of repeated tests, unnecessary patient transfers, and manual data sharing. The solution is the only one known to provide for a true PACS-to-PACS and RIS-to-RIS sharing of images and reports, without manual intervention or manipulation, in addition to image-enabling all EMRs located in the State. The prestigious Premier’s Award encourages continual improvement of services and systems to promote more effective use of vendor resources. It encourages the adoption of excellent business and management practices to spur the growth of a culture of ongoing improvement, innovation, reform and change. This year’s six award winners were selected from among 330 nominees. “TeraMedica’s advanced technology and dedicated team have been one of the main reasons behind the success of the New South Wales image repository,” says Joe Hughes, program manager for the image repository project. “Everyone involved is extremely pleased that both the project and TeraMedica have achieved recognition through this prestigious award. TeraMedica has become part of our team and brought a significant commitment to the success of our project. The company’s selection from a pool of such highly qualified nominees for this award speaks volumes about its efforts on our behalf.” Hughes notes that he believes the New South Wales VNA ranks as one of the largest in the world in both number of images and level of integration involved. “We are extremely proud to have been part of this prestigious honor, given its strong visibility and recognition throughout Australia,” says Jim Prekop, TeraMedica CEO. “With its forward thinking public health system, Australia, and New South Wales in particular, provides an excellent environment to showcase the benefits of a VNA’s use in an HIE. We are extremely pleased about the success of our partnership with Joe, his hardworking team and other technology vendors involved in the project.” In 2013, the Australian award focuses in particular on the delivery of value and recognizes initiatives achieved within the state’s available capabilities and resources, providing the best value for monies expended. Already TeraMedica has succeeded in consolidating and seamlessly sharing medical images across enterprise and local health district boundaries in approximately 60 hospitals and clinics. The implementation project is nearing completion and will connect more than 110 clinical facilities and numerous disparate imaging systems in an area as large as the State of Texas. In all, the exchange will connect 10 different PACS and RIS solutions processing over 3,000,000 imaging procedures annually for a patient population of more than 7,000,000. Additionally, nine different EMRs will be image-enabled through TeraMedica’s Univision universal viewer. 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


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DALLAS, TX, and CHICAGO, IL, December 1, 2013 – BRIT Systems announced today that Kingspoint Medical Imaging Inc., a leading radiology and mobile imaging provider in Texas, has implemented the Roentgen Cloud to help manage, archive and share medical imaging across healthcare providers who use the company’s mobile imaging services. Kingspoint will also utilize the Roentgen Cloud to provide image management and archiving services to providers who have their own imaging modality yet don’t have the advanced functionality that Kingspoint can deliver with Roentgen Cloud, such as mobile image viewing and sharing. “BRIT offered a solution that was customized to our needs as a mobile imaging provider,” says Bertrand Ebang, IT Manager, Kingspoint Medical Imaging. “Additionally, the solution will enable us to continue growing our business by extending the cloud archive to providers, offering a cost-effective, scalable solution to the local health communities that we serve.” Kingspoint provides mobile medical imaging services to more than 50 specialty clinics and physician practices. In many cases, these mobile imaging services provide diagnostic imaging and screening tests for patients who may otherwise not have access to them, such as screening mammograms. With the Roentgen Cloud, Kingspoint will now be able to provide a continuity of care patient record that includes these disparate medical services across providers. Additionally, patients will be able to securely access their health information via BRIT’s patient portal, which is a part of the Roentgen Cloud. In addition to archiving medical images and reports resulting from the mobile imaging services, Kingspoint will offer the Roentgen Cloud platform to healthcare providers for an efficient and cost-effective method to manage, access and share medical imaging and information among radiologist, specialists and primary care physicians. Through the Roentgen Cloud infrastructure, Kingspoint will be able to help radiologists and clinicians provide more immediate patient diagnosis, which enhances patient care and safety. In addition, this service will help Kingspoint strengthen service ties with their existing providers. Roentgen Cloud is a DICOM cloud archive with a 100% browser-based interface that enables users to upload, download and share medical images and reports. It includes WebWorks, an advanced medical image viewer that is accessible from browsers and mobile devices. “We have found the Roentgen Cloud to be fast, flexible and the best value and price for the services and features it provides,” says Thomas Ejede, Administrator for Kingspoint. “The customer service we have received from BRIT has been excellent.” “At BRIT, we embrace the concept of investing in communities by partnering with local service providers, such as Kingspoint,” says Yassin Sallam, National Sales Manager, BRIT Systems. “With customizable solutions, BRIT was able to partner with Kingspoint at a level that delivers workflow efficiencies they need to retain their value to patients and providers.” About BRIT Systems: BRIT Systems is a radiology IT company providing integrated solutions from image acquisition through report delivery that can be customized for virtually any healthcare environment, from clinics to healthcare systems and Health Information Exchanges (HIEs). In addition to PACS/RIS and teleradiology, BRIT offers cross-enterprise medical image sharing, including zero footprint browser and mobile device viewers; server and cloud-based storage for reports and images; and enhanced communication and collaborative tools for ... Read more

Cloud-based Imaging Solution from Sectra Shortens Wait …

SECTRA, USA, December 2, 2013 - Northwest ImageShare, now installed and running at 42 locations throughout the Kitsap Peninsula, is fulfilling its initial goals of better patient care and shorter wait-times spent in the emergency department. The program is designed on a cloud-based regional PACS from international medical imaging IT company, Sectra (STO: SECT B), managed by Harrison Medical Center, and run in collaboration with Advanced Medical Imaging, The Doctors Clinic, Olympic Radiology, and Harrison HealthPartners. Northwest ImageShare enables improved physician access to medical images throughout the Kitsap County region, resulting in more immediate and higher-quality care for patients. The program ensures that physicians can view images from any of the participating groups on any workstation, regardless of where the patient was imaged. Physicians have the same desktop and web client access from anywhere, even on iPads and other mobile devices. From an emergency care standpoint, saving money and providing physicians with previous imaging histories has shown a reduction in duplicative imaging and radiation dose to the patients. Adar Palis, COO of Harrison Medical Center notes, “The feedback from physicians has been very positive. There’s definite consensus here.” Northwest ImageShare is looking to continue to grow in terms of providers. They seek to add mass, urging additional organizations within the Kitsap Peninsula and others toward Seattle to be a part of the image share. Palis adds, “I think this can grow to as many providers as we need in this community. Once we have our entire community covered, then we will talk to some of the bigger providers and beyond that, on a state level.” About Northwest ImageShare Formed in 2012, Northwest ImageShare has put competition aside to share images between five healthcare providers: Harrison Medical Center, Advanced Medical Imaging, The Doctors Clinic, Olympic Radiology and Harrison HealthPartners. About Sectra: Sectra develops and sells IT systems and services for radiology and other image-intensive departments, 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 2012/2013 fiscal year totaled SEK 817 million. The Sectra share is quoted on the NASDAQ OMX Stockholm AB ... Read more


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KJAYA, USA, December 1, 2013 - Recognized for Leading Edge Computing Technology in Healthcare. KJAYA Medical was selected to present its next-generation cloud-based VoXcell medical imaging platform at the AMD Ventures Innovation Summit in San Jose this month. The Summit showcases innovative, high-growth software companies that can utilize AMD technology. The choice of speakers by AMD was highly selective,representing an elite group of technology leaders poised to play a key role in the future of computing. AMD Ventures is a well-known strategic investor in software and application companies that serve large and growing markets. Its prestigious annual conference draws technology leaders, game developers, academics and start-up investors from around the globe for a combination of business and technology presentations, product demonstrations, workshops and networking events. AMD convenes a technology conference each year to highlight its current and emerging technologies. The main theme was on accelerated processing unit (APUs), which combines graphics processing units (GPUs) that power today’s advanced video gaming cards with the standard single central processing units (CPUs) into a single chip. Code-named Berlin, the server technology reaches an ultra-fast processing speed of 1TFLOPS. AMD wanted to highlight the different markets server based APU can make an impact and selected KJAYA to represent the healthcare sector. KJAYA is a pioneer in using GPU+CPU combination to stream diagnostic quality images over the web at access speeds similar to an on-site PACS. As such KJAYA was invited to present at AMD conference. “KJAYA is extremely honored to have been chosen as one of the technology leaders participating in this high-profile event,”says Kovey Kovalan, KJAYA's Founder and Chief Architect. “Our VoXcellCloud applies the latest advances in computing to healthcare,as we help the medical profession greatly improve its access to diagnostic images to help save lives.” Kovalan focused on KJAYA’s innovative  applications of the GPU Cloud for medical imaging, KJAYA is uniquely positioned topioneeruse of the new APU chip in medical imaging because its existing cloud data centers already combinealgorithmssupporting both CPU and GPU technology in a dual  processor configuration. As such, Kovalan demonstrated how APU would be a natural progression for implementing such a GPU Cloud. Through its purelyGPU cloud based VoXcell Imaging Suite, KJAYA makes complete PACS, RIS, image archiving and communications functionalities, as well as a full range of advanced visualization toolsaccessible through a standard web browser. With this advanced platform, medical facilities can manage all imaging workflow throughout the enterprise and beyond using robust industry-standard applications, leading-edge 3D processing, PET/CT analysis and more – all with on-demand anywhere, anytime Internet availability, with performance similar to an onsite PACS systems. The system ensures that all healthcare providers and their patients have access to time-critical medical imaging information. The VoXcell suite supports authenticated access, encrypted communication, data and access redundancy and unlimited storage for the highest level of data safety and security. KJAYA's processes and facilities are audited to be HIPAA compliant to ensure patients' privacy. VoXcell cloud-based advanced clinical viewing software has been cleared as a diagnostic device by the FDA. The system is powered by proprietary and patent-pendingIntelligent Visualization®algorithms adapted to handle today’s increasing volumes of medical data. Algorithms such as MapReduce, Genetic Algorithms and Neural Networks are particularly useful for processing searching, and understanding medical data. These algorithms are extended by VoXcell  to take advantage GPU acceleration to deliver intuitive visualizations of medical images, including future applications in computer aided diagnosis, at real-time performance that physicians demand. Unlike conventional cloud technology, which is based on relational database and storage systems, KJAYA's GPU cloud relies on Big Data clusters much like Google's Big Table. The company’s application of this scalable architecture utilizing GPU cloud in medical imaging is unique in the PACS marketplace. "Our platform can empower physicians with relevant information and intelligent visualizations accessible anywhere," says Kovalan. "We have integrated workflow, imaging, 3D and artificial intelligence by harnessing the power of gaming technology based supercomputing cloud platform. AMD's APU with GPU+CPU in a single  chip promotes our vision of providing ubiquitous and affordable access to KJAYA's innovations,ultimately to improve patient ... Read more

Patient throughput increases at Walsall Manor Hospital …

SIEMENS, UK, November 28, 2013 - Walsall Manor Hospital, part of Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust, has installed two new Digital Radiography (DR) systems from Siemens Healthcare as part of an equipment replacement program. The new Ysio® wi-D™ systems replace previous analogue x-ray solutions and have been installed in two rooms; one for dedicated inpatient examinations, and the other for frontline trauma imaging in the Accident & Emergency Department. The imaging upgrade has helped to increase daily patient throughput. The hospital has found that the new DR systems are assisting with reducing patient examination times as the auto-positioning programs - 1,000 pre-set anatomical settings - speed up the process. Furthermore, the comprehensive CARE protection feature of the Ysio combines various advanced protection functions designed to keep exposure levels as low as reasonably achievable (ALARA). Radiographers working at Walsall Manor Hospital have cited the Ysio system’s ease of use, automated positioning program and slick interface as key benefits. Staff have also voiced satisfaction with the low dose features, image acquisition time and the versatility offered by both the docking procedure and the lightweight wireless detector (Wi-D). The Wi-D makes the Ysio suitable for easy examination of immobile patients in beds and wheelchairs. “Our pediatric provision at Walsall Manor Hospital has increased as a result of the Ysio installation. The low dose protection features ensures that young patients that were previously referred to outpatients, can now be treated here,” states Vanessa Palmer, Superintendent Radiographer at Walsall Manor Hospital. “The Ysio Wi-D system from Siemens Healthcare is excellent for walking wounded plus trolley or wheelchair based patients too.” “We are pleased to support Walsall Manor Hospital’s move to digital with the installation of these new Ysio systems,” states John Brady, Regional Sales Manager at Siemens Healthcare. “Staff feedback so far has been very encouraging, and we are particularly satisfied to learn that patient throughput has increased as a result of this ... Read more

Doncaster Royal Infirmary Increases Image Quality with …

SIEMENS, UK, November 27, 2013 - Doncaster Royal Infirmary, part of Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, has upgraded from analogue to digital imaging in its Interventional Radiology Suite following the installation of a ceiling-mounted Artis zeeTM from Siemens Healthcare. The C-arm is being used for angiography, vascular embolisations, cardiac procedures and other interventional work. The hospital is already benefiting from excellent image quality and hopes to expand procedures further in the future to help free up time from the CT department. The system was chosen for its low dose features, excellent image quality and large display, which means clinicians no longer need to magnify the image to detect fine detail. It also provides improved safety due to the ability to disable dose directly at the tableside. It is equipped with all the latest CARE (Combined Applications to Reduce Exposure) features and CLEAR post processing technology, delivered as standard with the system, supporting excellent image quality at the lowest achievable dose. The system’s large flat detector can be used in landscape or portrait orientation and can easily be rotated during the procedure depending upon the region of interest under examination, enabling various examinations to be carried out quickly and easily. Clinicians are also benefitting from applications such as syngo® DynaCT to acquire 3D cross-sectional images which are displayed in less than 20 seconds and directly at the tableside. This reduces the need for the patient to be transferred to a CT system for additional imaging, assisting with clinical confidence, departmental workflow and helping to keep dose to a minimum. “During the selection process we assessed the market and found the ceiling-mounted Artis zee from Siemens Healthcare was best suited to our needs,” states Andrew Grierson, Superintendent Radiographer at Doncaster Royal Infirmary. “The image quality is excellent and each image provides more insight than ever before. Our radiographers are also enjoying having everything at their fingertips with the tableside controls, which help to streamline procedures and enhance workflow.” “The ceiling-mounted Artis zee from Siemens Healthcare replaces a previous generation Siemens system that was used for 14 years,” states Sarah Sandhu, Regional Sales Manager at Siemens Healthcare. “It is great to see that the Radiology Department is not only using the system for a wide range of procedures, but that it is also a pivotal part of the department’s plans to expand the number of procedures and help alleviate the load within the CT ... Read more

BRIT Systems to Image Enable New Peer Review and …

DALLAS, TX, November 26, 2013 – BRIT Systems, Inc., announced today that it is partnering with Radiolopolis to image enable the launch of Consult Me, a new peer review consultation capability on the Radiolopolis Radiology Network. Radiolopolis is a global community for radiology professionals that connects education, research, clinical practice and business. For 20 years, BRIT Systems has provided leading image management and radiology IT solutions to hospitals, imaging centers and radiology groups. As part of the partnership, Radiolopolis will utilize BRIT’s Roentgen Cloud and WebWorks viewer as the infrastructure to facilitate image viewing and sharing on the Consult Me consultation platform. “With the launch of our new consultation platform, Radiolopolis will help expand the peer review capabilities of our members by securely sharing their reading expertise that resides across our community,” says Roland Talanow, MD, PhD, President of Radiolopolis and a radiologist at InnoMed, LLC. “It is our hope that by image enabling Consult Me with Roentgen Cloud that we can break down the barriers across borders to peer consultation and communication, and help radiologists collaborate and support each other.” Similar to other social networking sites, such as Facebook or LinkedIn, Radiolopolis has a community of over 13,000 radiologists and healthcare providers who offer or are affiliated with medical imaging services. “BRIT is honored to partner with Dr. Talanow and Radiolopolis to support a platform that will provide a seamless interaction between the radiology community to enhance their productivity and help promote a more confident diagnosis,” says Shelly Fisher, President, BRIT Systems. “Our zero-footprint solutions are ideal for this type of collaboration.” The new consultation platform will provide radiologists with an opportunity to obtain virtual peer review of difficult cases or provide other consultation as needed. It will also include search options to help users find specialists or other members by name, location, specialty/expertise and other relevant criteria. BRIT’s Roentgen Cloud provides an encrypted, secure method for sharing patient data; no data is saved on the recipient’s computer or workstation hard drive. Both Roentgen Cloud and BRIT’s WebWorks viewer are 100% browser-based, FDA cleared and HIPAA compliant. About BRIT Systems BRIT Systems is a radiology IT company providing integrated solutions from image acquisition through report delivery that can be customized for virtually any healthcare environment, from clinics to healthcare systems and Health Information Exchanges (HIEs). In addition to PACS/RIS and teleradiology, BRIT offers cross-enterprise medical image sharing, including zero footprint browser and mobile device viewers; server and cloud-based storage for reports and images; and enhanced communication and collaborative tools for clinicians. About Radiolopolis Radiolopolis is a subdivision of InnoMed, LLC, which is dedicated to promoting and enhancing education in the medical field. Radiolopolis was founded in 2009 for the purpose of combining Radiology education, research and clinical practice in a social and interactive environment. Currently, Radiolopolis’ membership includes over 13,000 medical ... Read more

Siemens Bolsters MES Team with a Trio of Appointments …

SIEMENS, UK, November 25, 2013 - With increasing market demand for Managed Equipment Services (MES) from the NHS, Siemens Healthcare has appointed three new members of staff to continue to strengthen its MES team. Steve Clarke joins the team to support upcoming projects across the country as Business Development Manager, Evelyn Zemke as Business Support Manager and Nicola Sansom as MES Project Manager. Steve Clarke has worked in the healthcare sector for over 20 years, starting his Siemens career as a Service Engineer within the X-Ray division and later within the cardiac and angiography team. Steve also has strong commercial and product knowledge, having worked as a product specialist within technical sales support at Siemens. “In addition to my technical and service expertise, I look forward to bringing my experience of building works and installations to the role. I have an extensive understanding of how equipment provision and management can support hospitals in the drive to become more efficient and look forward to applying this in the context of MES solutions,” states Steve. Evelyn Zemke has previously supported MES projects internationally from Siemens Healthcare’s global headquarters in Germany. With a strong background in business support, Evelyn has worked with multiple Siemens Healthcare departments  including the MES team in South Africa. “Having already supported MES projects on a global level, I look forward to applying this knowledge on a local and operational level in the UK, helping to deliver new concepts and approaches to MES projects. MES is a growing business model focussed on a long-term approach. I look forward to building long-lasting relationships with existing and prospective customers, and managing their needs into the future,” states Evelyn. Nicola Sansom brings considerable expertise in project management to the MES team, having worked in a healthcare environment for over 15 years and with Siemens for over ten years. APMP (Association for Project Management) qualified, Nicola is also a PRINCE2 practitioner, a project management methodology widely used in the NHS. The new role will see her work with prospective customers to plan robust implementation of MES projects. “As MES solutions become increasingly complex and often include building works, setting realistic timeframe expectations and implementing proven processes to reflect changes in workflow is key to success. Having implemented equipment provision into a number of MES sites I look forward to expanding on this and supporting the successful delivery of future MES projects,” states Nicola. An MES partnership sets out a strategic approach to equipment provision and financial planning, guaranteeing the latest medical equipment, the ongoing maintenance of existing systems and user training for the lifetime of the contract via a fixed annual charge. By ring-fencing investment for the life of the contract, all equipment concerns such as replacement and maintenance are taken care of through Siemens, as one point of contact. “We are pleased to announce three new additions to the MES team, in line with increasing demands for Managed Equipment Services as a service,” states Nancy West, Head of Business Development for Managed Services at Siemens Healthcare. “As a solution that can drive down costs and increase performance, MES is very attractive, and provides an ideal vehicle for improving equipment management processes. As the UK market leader and operating in the biggest market for MES internationally, we are dedicated to building our team so that we continue to provide the high levels of service that prospective and existing customers have come to ... Read more

Gamma Medica Plans Clinical Studies and Establishes …

SALEM, NH (November 21, 2013) – Gamma Medica, Inc., today announced that it plans to conduct clinical studies of their LumaGEM® Molecular Breast Imaging (MBI) system and compare outcomes with competing breast imaging modalities. "We raised significant capital for comparative effectiveness studies with breast imaging modalities such as tomosynthesis and MRI," said Jim Calandra, president and CEO of Gamma Medica. "These multi-site, post-market studies for MBI will involve several leading academic research institutions in the U.S." The company also announced that it has established a new scientific team to support the enhancement and further development of their LumaGEM® Molecular Breast Imaging system. This multidisciplinary team, led by their new Director of Research & Development, Dr. Haris Kudrolli, Ph.D., will explore various approaches to decrease procedural time while improving image quality. “Our new scientific team will work closely with our new engineering team, which is made up of seasoned medical device professionals, to complete the development of LumaGUIDE®, our MBI-guided breast biopsy system,” added Mr. Calandra. Gamma Medica recently relocated its headquarters and operations facilities to Salem, NH. “The southern New Hampshire area is host to a number of high-tech engineering services companies, which complement our in-house technical team and enable us to complete these complex projects in a timely manner,” said Mr. Calandra. About Gamma Medica, Inc. Gamma Medica, Inc. is dedicated to the development of advanced digital imaging technologies that address the growing importance of overcoming the critical shortcomings of mammography and other screening modalities in the early detection of breast cancer. The company designs, builds and services the LumaGEM® MBI system, the first commercially available, FDA-cleared planar, dual head, fully solid-state digital imaging system utilizing cadmium zinc telluride (CZT) technology for molecular breast ... Read more

Konica Minolta Installs First ImagePilot Aero in U.S. …

Wayne, NJ, November 20, 2013 – Konica Minolta Medical Imaging announced today that Pinion Orthopedics in Elko, Nevada, has installed the ImagePilot Aero all-in-one DR solution. The new solution combines the ease of use and simplified image acquisition, review and storage of the ImagePilot system with the workflow efficiencies, and high image quality of the lightweight, wireless AeroDR panel. Pinion Orthopedics replaced its CR solution with the ImagePilot Aero to improve the quality and dependability of its imaging services. “Our bottleneck used to be imaging,” explains Steve Gunnell, DO, orthopedic surgeon. “With CR, it was difficult to see 40 patients in a day, but now with DR I’m finished dictating 20 patients from the morning two hours earlier.” Melissa Bean, RT, adds that the ImagePilot Aero is “almost incomparable to CR. Our exam speed increased by 75%. With CR it took 90 seconds to capture an image; now it is down to 3 seconds.” Pinion Orthopedics is currently examining their scheduling process and anticipating shortening exam times due to the speed and efficiency of the ImagePilot Aero. For patient diagnosis and evaluation, image quality is excellent, notes Timothy D. Phipps, DO, orthopedic surgeon. “There is more clarity in the image and we have more tools for measurements, magnification and image manipulation,” he says. A key factor in the practice’s decision to implement ImagePilot Aero is the system’s storage, quality and dependability, says Julia Wadford, Practice Manager at Pinion Orthopedics. “It can be difficult to get good, quality support in our area, so the biggest factor was to acquire a more dependable imaging solution. We have that with the ImagePilot Aero.” The practice further benefits from Konica Minolta’s industry unique 5 Year Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) plan that includes a warranty and parts coverage to help customers manage the ongoing costs of ownership. According to Curtis Malfeld, VP/COO at Medical Imaging Technologies, Konica Minolta’s reseller partner, “We were looking for a good quality and affordable solution to easily transition a customer from a troubled and costly CR system to DR. The Konica Minolta ImagePilot Aero system provided this as well as a total cost of ownership program that greatly helped with cost planning. The system installation went as expected, as did configuration and user training. We are pleased with the results that this system provides.” About Konica Minolta Medical Imaging Konica Minolta Medical Imaging is a world class provider and market leader in medical diagnostic primary imaging. With over 75 years of endless innovation, Konica Minolta is globally recognized as a leader providing cutting-edge technologies and comprehensive support aimed at providing real solutions to meet customer's needs. Konica Minolta Medical Imaging, headquartered in Wayne, NJ, is a unit of Konica Minolta, Inc. (TSE: ... Read more

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