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Siemens Healthcare Future-proofs Ultrasound Imaging Range with HELX …

SIEMENS, UK, April 7, 2014 - Siemens Healthcare has launched the HELXTM Evolution, the newest iteration of its ACUSON S FamilyTM of ultrasound imaging systems offering HD image quality, streamlined workflow and a sustainable, upgradable platform. The HELX Evolution provides clinicians with a wide range of options, from HD transducers on the ACUSON S1000TM to state-of-the-art ultrasound elastography and tissue strain analysis on the S2000TM and S3000TM. Powered by the new SieStream™ HD architecture, the HELX boosts image quality with a large 21.5 inch LCD monitor, HD transducers, contrast agent imaging technologies and more powerful image processing with 50% greater pixel density. The HELX also works with the S2000 and S3000 systems to deliver Acoustic Radiation Force Impulse (ARFI) imaging. Virtual Touch™ imaging, Virtual Touch quantification and Virtual Touch IQ modes enable non-invasive visualisation and measurement of tissue stiffness for enhanced diagnostic confidence and offer the potential to avoid unnecessary biopsies. The HELX enhances the ACUSON S Family’s existing workflow capabilities with eSieScanTM Workflow Protocols to guide clinicians through examinations step-by-step, activating relevant modes in the shortest time possible. The platform offers an ergonomically-designed control panel and adjustable monitor for heads-up, no look operation of the system. Further helping to streamline workflow, the HELX also offers two redesigned women’s health transducers for enhanced patient comfort and improved clinician access. In addition to providing ultrasound professionals with the tools they need today, the HELX Evolution has been designed to meet clinical demands of the future. The S1000, S2000 and S3000 purposely share the same SieStream HD architecture, allowing hospital departments to update the systems with new technologies as they become available. This helps to make the HELX Evolution and ACUSON S Family imaging range a cost-effective solution to both existing and new users. “Technology in the clinical environment is continuously evolving at a rapid pace, but this can often make it difficult for departments to gain funding to keep ultrasound units up to date,” states Bernadette Leonard, UK Business Manager for Ultrasound Products at Siemens Healthcare. “The HELX Evolution is a cost-effective solution that enables existing and future ACUSON S Family users to make the most of the system, with upgrades always available to ensure image quality and operational efficiency is meeting clinical needs now – and into the ... Read more

Middle East Hospital Build & Infrastructure Awards …

Hospital Build & Infrastructure Awards judging panel to accept submissions until 21 April 2014 Dubai, UAE: Informa Life Sciences Exhibitions, organisers of the 6th Hospital Build & Infrastructure Middle East Exhibition & Congress have introduced two new categories for the annual Hospital Build & Infrastructure Awards 2014; Best Laboratory Design Award and Best Facilities Management Service Strategy Award. The annual Awards recognise leaders in the healthcare industry who have devoted their efforts to building hospitals that help improve healthcare services in the Middle East and raise the bar in providing world-class patient care. The awards will also act as a platform to promote the professionals who have worked hard to achieve a hospital environment that enables and promotes a healthy life. The Hospital Build & Infrastructure Awards winners will be announced on the 2 June at the Hospital Build & Infrastructure Middle East Exhibition & Congress, which will run from 2-4 June 2014, at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre. “We are pleased to introduce two new awards categories at the 2014 Middle East Hospital Build & Infrastructure Awards. The Best Laboratory Design Award will recognise an outstanding laboratory design that provides a superior innovative facility for testing and research that supports positive human factor and ergonomics principles, as well as incorporates state of the art safety features. The Best Facilities Management Service Strategy Award will honour an outstanding healthcare service provider that has demonstrated excellence in the provision of a facilities management strategy that embraces the widest possible scope of services, meets the needs of the clinical teams and improves patient safety,” says Simon Page, Managing Director, Informa Life Sciences Exhibitions. The other award categories for 2014 include Best Hospital Design (Built or Future), Best Hospital of the Future Award, Best Physical Environment (Built), Best Sustainable Hospital Project, Best Healing Environment and Best Technology Initiative Award. Professionals involved in developing healthcare facilities in the Middle East should nominate projects or organisations that deserve recognition in line with these categories. The winners for 2013 Hospital Build & Infrastructure Awards included HMC PET CT Center, Qatar; King Khalid Medical City Project, KSA; Ruwais Hospital Division – ADNOC, UAE; Zulekha Hospitals, UAE; Karl Storz, Germany; and the Clemenceau Medical Center, Lebanon. Commenting on their win for Zulekha Hospital in 2013, “We were thrilled to receive this award and accepted it as recognition for our continued commitment to sustainable development and innovation. With the help of next generation technology, we have focused on sustainable site development, water conservation, energy efficiency, materials selection, green IT and indoor environmental quality. We hope to be the trend setters in sustainability in healthcare”, Dr Zulekha Daud, MD, Zulekha Hospital. Hospital Build & Infrastructure Middle East Exhibition & Congress 2014 will bring together  investors, commissioners, backers and managers of major healthcare building projects together with planning, design, building, operations, management and refurbishment suppliers. Running alongside the exhibition is a multi-disciplinary congress consisting of eight leading conferences that will focus on delivering up-to-date information which will address all the disciplines involved with the hospital build ... Read more

Physicians Practice Helps Doctors Take Back Time…

NORWALK, Conn., April 1, 2014 - UBM Medica US announces that Physicians Practice, the leading online community for physicians, features special coverage of the challenges of time management for busy physicians. Each day, physicians nationwide fight disease, battle government mandates, and even struggle to get patients to follow their medical advice. But the biggest enemy physicians face, by far, is the clock. Between trying to see a full schedule of patients each day, getting home for some family time, and trying to complete paperwork, charts, and other administrative duties, time flies if you are a busy private-practice physician. Survey data from Physicians Practice in 2013 indicates that 59 percent of physicians say they work 41 hours to 60 hours a week, and 57 percent spend fewer than 10 waking hours per week with their family or loved ones. Furthermore, 56 percent of the nearly 1,200 physicians polled said they wished they worked fewer hours per week. Appearing online and in the April 2014 issue, Physicians Practice, offers physicians tips and strategies to take back time. From working with front-desk staff to maximizing the check-in process to delegating tasks other staff members can perform, experts provide real world strategies for physicians to regain some precious minutes in their daily practice schedule. Physicians Practice also offers guidance on ways physicians can better manage their own time without making drastic changes in their routine, and even five steps to reduce wait times for patients. Readers can also view an online slideshow with eight low- to no-cost tools they already have in their practice to save time. "Physicians have told us they wished they had more time in their practice day — both to address day-to-day operational issues and to educate and treat their patients," said Keith L. Martin, group editorial director for Physicians Practice. "With this in mind, we wanted to offer simple and quick time-saving tips for physicians that won't break the bank. In fact, most of the tips involve minimal changes in the way their practice operates. Some of these minor changes can result in more time for physicians, staff, and patients." About UBM Medica US Addressing today's healthcare information needs, UBM Medica US, delivers strategic, integrated communications solutions and comprehensive reach -- online, in print, via custom programs and live events. Improving the effectiveness of healthcare through information and education, UBM Medica US provides unbiased clinical, practical, and business information for physicians, providers and payers resulting in improved quality of care for patients around the world. Through journals, magazines, online communities, live and digital events, and other valuable resources, UBM Medica US also delivers comprehensive communication solutions for the pharmaceutical and related industries. UBM Medica US is part of UBM Connect which, through a range of aligned interactive environments, both physical and digital – increases business effectiveness for both customers and audiences through meaningful experiences, knowledge and connections. Headquartered in New York, UBM Connect brings together UBM's healthcare business, UBM Medica US; UBM Canon's advanced design and manufacturing event, online and print brands; UBM Connect New York's catering, cruise shipping, customer management, and fine, specialty and custom chemical communities; and UBM Mexico's concrete show. About UBM plc UBM plc is a global events-led marketing services and communications company. We help businesses do business, bringing the world's buyers and sellers together at events and online, as well as producing and distributing news and specialist content. Our 5,500 staff in more than 30 countries are organized into expert teams which serve commercial and professional communities, helping them to do business and their markets to work effectively and ... Read more

Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust Installs Six …

SIEMENS, UK, April 1, 2014 - Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust has enhanced clinical confidence by installing six ACUSON S1000TM ultrasound systems from Siemens Healthcare in its hospitals. The installations are part of a planned system overhaul to re-equip the Ultrasound Department with systems capable of delivering excellent quality images and improved workflow. Three of the systems are being utilized at City Hospital, with the other three in use at the Queen’s Medical Centre, alongside an ACUSON P300TM compact portable ultrasound system which has also recently been installed. The ACUSON S1000 systems are being used for various procedures including antenatal, gynecological and vascular, as well as scanning a variety of patients including bariatric and geriatric. The S1000 features syngo® Auto OB measurements, reducing keystrokes in routine fetal exams by generating semi-automatic biometric measurements. Combined with eSieScanTM workflow protocols, the system helps to increase exam consistency and frees staff from repetitive tasks associated with tracing and measuring. This in turn provides an ergonomically safe procedure expected to help prevent staff injuries. The ACUSON P300 is a portable ultrasound system with a small footprint that makes it easy to store and move to the patient’s side so scanning can take place on the ward. It is mainly being used for post-operative surveillance and diagnostic purposes. The P300 also features advanced image optimization tools such as panoramic imaging, speckle reduction and spatial compounding. These optimize the imaging data automatically to improve diagnostic confidence and support efficient clinical workflow. “We are very pleased with the installation of six ACUSON S1000 systems and a P300 from Siemens Healthcare, all which deliver excellent quality images. Following a trial of a number of technologies, these proved to be the systems best suited to our needs,” states Kathryn Manderson, Superintendent Ultrasonographer at Nottingham University Hospitals. “The S1000 is the best on the market ergonomically, has increased staff safety and we anticipate it will help to minimise injury risk in the future. Due to the system’s fast image acquisition time, we have also been able to increase patient throughput.” “We are delighted that the Trust has chosen to install six ACUSON S1000 systems, and a P300 from Siemens Healthcare. The systems are already facilitating increased patient throughput and are helping to improve departmental workflow,” states Peter Downing, Regional Sales Manager at Siemens Healthcare. “We look forward to offering the hospital continued support in making the most of the versatile applications the technology provides, suitable for a range of hospital ... Read more


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Wayne, NJ, March 31, 2014 – Konica Minolta Medical Imaging announced today that the University of Nebraska-Lincoln University Health Center has recently installed the wireless ImagePilot Aero all-in-one DR solution. The University Health Center is a full- service clinic that provides care to approximately 300 patients each day, with services including on-site primary imaging radiology. The Center is technologically advanced with several information systems, including an EHR (electronic health record), which interfaces with their PACS (picture archiving and communication system), AeroDR, laboratory, pharmacy and dental software, UNL’s Student Information System and UNL’s Bursars office. “The most important reason for implementing the ImagePilot Aero is the ability for greater dose efficiency as compared to CR, also referred to as computed digital radiography,” says Christine Rindone, EHR Manager and Chief Radiologic Technologist at the University Health Center. “That is very important considering our primary patient demographics are young adults—our students.” “When the CR unit was near its end of life, we recommended UNL consider moving to DR, and specifically the ImagePilot Aero,” says Blake Levasseur, Vice President, CSI, a Konica Minolta distributor. “We believe the Aero provides the best technology available on the market today. Konica Minolta manufactures its own product and the quality stands out in the industry. Plus, with a five-year hardware support contract from the manufacturer, we looked at the total cost of ownership and it just made economic sense for UNL to select it.” According to Rindone and Valerie Otto, Radiologic Technologist, ImagePilot Aero has streamlined workflow and enabled faster exam times. “The speed of the system is most impressive and the images are available nearly instantaneous,” says Otto. “The quality and detail of the images are excellent, and that enables us to provide better patient care. Additionally, with the wireless panel we no longer have to move the patient as much with each exposure, as with CR, so it is a more comfortable exam for the patient.” ImagePilot Aero interfaces directly with the PACS and EHR, which is important for the digital workflow at the Center. Rindone explains the Center relies on the EHR to disseminate information to both the students and the providers. The providers and nurses use wireless tablets during patient visits to view and document. With an industry-only lithium-ion capacitor, ImagePilot Aero has a charge and discharge life significantly longer than a lithium ion battery. Otto is able to re-charge the plate in a matter of minutes as needed, an important feature for the clinic. 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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SIEMENS, UK, March 31, 2014 - From April 2014, Siemens joins The King’s Fund’s Corporate Supporter programme. This programme allows businesses to support the Fund’s mission of improving health and care, and access insights from the Fund’s thought leading work. The King's Fund is an independent charity working to improve health and health care in England. Helping to shape policy and practice through research and analysis; develop individuals, teams and organizations; promote understanding of the health and social care system; and bring people together to learn, share knowledge and debate. Their vision is that the best possible care is available to all. Siemens Healthcare is one of the world's largest suppliers to the healthcare industry and is a trendsetter in medical imaging, laboratory diagnostics, medical information technology and hearing aids. Siemens products and solutions extend across the care continuum from prevention and early detection to diagnosis, and on to treatment and aftercare. Through innovation and by optimizing clinical workflows for the most common diseases, Siemens enables customers to deliver fast, cost-effective and high quality healthcare to improve patient outcomes. Peter Harrison, Managing Director, Siemens Healthcare, UK and Ireland, states: “Siemens Healthcare is delighted to become a Corporate Supporter of The King’s Fund. The NHS is experiencing unprecedented challenges requiring it to evolve and adapt to changing circumstances. The King’s Fund has a long history of promoting healthy debate and informing policy discussion. This important relationship reflects our common goal to improve health and health care.” Andrew Bickerdike, Corporate Partnerships Manager, The King’s Fund said: “We are delighted that Siemens has chosen to become a Corporate Supporter, and look forward to building a constructive relationship in the coming ... Read more

RamSoft Partners with LogicPlus to Offer PowerServer …

RamSoft, USA, March 30, 2014 – RamSoft, a leader in RIS, PACS and Teleradiology software solutions, today announces their partnership with LogicPlus to offer cloud-based PowerServer RIS and PACS technology to key countries in the Asia-Pacific Region. LogicPlus is an ICT Company based in Adelaide, SA, Australia with over a decade of systems experience, setting the benchmark for quality IT Managed Services Infrastructure delivery and customer service. They provide managed services to large and small companies in key industry sectors, including medical, and have partnered with RamSoft to represent PowerServer Cloud exclusively in Australia and New Zealand. Logic Plus will also represent PowerServer Cloud non-exclusively in Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Philippines and Indonesia. PowerServer Cloud is a fully hosted, pay-per-use model for RamSoft’s feature-rich PowerServer RIS and PACS platforms. It is scalable and offers unlimited freedom so that radiology practices of all sizes can customize the solution to meet their current and future needs. LogicPlus will provide the hosting platform and IT support for radiology businesses that want to transition to fully digital workflow built on a single database without the added costs of maintaining their own IT infrastructure. According to Marilyn Solano, director of sales and marketing for RamSoft, finding a solid ICT company to support RamSoft’s cloud-based model was vital to increasing sales and growth in the Asia-Pacific region. “LogicPlus possesses a high level of expertise in providing managed services to the medical industry,” says Ms. Solano. “We are confident our partnership will herald in a new era of radiology workflow management for radiology-based businesses in Australia, New Zealand and other countries in the region.” Jason Nagy, Managing Director of Logic Plus added “RamSoft provides a software that is mature enough to handle a large-scale enterprise, and young and agile enough to set the tone in the demanding market of Radiology” “By coupling RamSoft’s single-database, 100% web-based technology with our high availability data center, we will be able to improve the workflow and business processes for many radiology practices.” About LogicPlus: LogicPlus Pty Ltd is an Adelaide, South Australia based IT services provider enjoying steady growth over the 10 years since it was established. Today Logic Plus provides: Hosting and Managed Service Solutions via its own internal infrastructure and external partner data centres, bespoked software application development, Virtual Desktop Infrastructure, Sophos Network/End User/Server Protection, Cloud Based RIS/PACS SaaS, system maintenance, 24x7x365 support desk services with a medical sector focus. About RamSoft: RamSoft, Inc., a Canadian IT software and services company with over 19 years of experience, is dedicated to developing and delivering cost effective RIS, PACS and Teleradiology solutions for its clients in the U.S. and around the world. The company’s goal is to enable imaging facilities, radiology centers, and ambulatory and acute-care practices to continue offering superior patient care while improving workflow efficiencies. RamSoft, Inc. offers a wide range of affordable and feature-rich solutions such as the PowerServer™ Series of PACS, RIS/PACS, teleradiology, and patient information management ... Read more


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SIEMENS, UK, March 27, 2014 - Stepping Hill Hospital, part of Stockport NHS Foundation Trust, has recently installed three ACUSON S1000™ ultrasound systems from Siemens Healthcare. Two are for use within obstetrics and gynecology and the other within the early pregnancy department. After trialling numerous systems the hospital chose the S1000 due to its greater penetration power and excellent image quality. The systems are pivotal to the Women’s Unit, with each S1000 being used approximately 20 times per day by up to 16 sonographers. The flexible ultrasound systems are capable of handling a variety of patient types and disciplines and have helped to accommodate a wide range of body types, including difficult-to-image and bariatric patients. The ACUSON S1000 provides a high fidelity ultrasound signal while running multiple real-time applications for excellent image quality. Equipped with a suite of transducers that can perform up to 27 different examination types, it is suitable for a range of imaging needs. As standard, the system includes syngo® Auto OB measurements which reduces keystrokes in routine fetal exams by 75 percent, giving obstetricians the ability to generate semi-automatic biometric fetal measurements. “We chose the ACUSON S1000 systems following a review into three different systems. We have used Siemens Healthcare systems before and find the interface easy to use,” states Jonathan Carty, Sonographer at Stepping Hill Hospital. “The feedback from the team has been that the image quality is improving clinical practice.” “The ACUSON S1000 is an ideal solution for a demanding clinical environment,” states Richard Evans, Regional Sales Manager at Siemens Healthcare. “Stepping Hill Hospital is dedicated to providing the most up to date technology to improve patient care and the trio of ultrasound systems will do just that by providing sonographers with excellent image quality and the required flexibility for day-to-day imaging ... Read more

Internationally Recognized Ultrasound Expert Joins BMI …

BMI, UK, March 27, 2014 - BMI The Garden Hospital is pleased to announce that Bill Smith, Head of Ultrasound at Clinical Diagnostic Services has been granted practising privileges and will strengthen the hospital’s imaging and diagnostic team. Clinical Diagnostic Services is an established ultrasound scanning service which was set up in 1990. Bill Smith and the Clinical Diagnostic Services team are well known worldwide and highly regarded for their work in clinical ultrasound and their contribution to post-graduate training and lecturing internationally. Bill Smith qualified in medical ultrasound in 1978 whilst working at Kings College Hospital in London, within the ultrasound unit headed by Professor Stuart Campbell. He was Head of the obstetric and gynecological ultrasound unit at The Royal Free Hospital in London from 1979-1982 before moving into the private sector to specialize in reproductive gynecology and early pregnancy assessment. During his career, spanning more than 40 years he has been involved in the development of many, now routine, ultrasound scanning techniques including transvaginal scanning and associated advanced imaging technologies. In 2009 he received the inaugural Peter Twining Memorial Medal awarded by British Medical Ultrasound Society (BMUS) in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the technical and clinical development of ultrasound. He was also elected onto BMUS Council, the body responsible for overseeing medical ultrasound practice within the UK. Bill Smith remains very highly respected for his technical expertise and clinical knowledge in key areas of medical ultrasound. “It is a great pleasure to be joining the team at BMI The Garden Hospital,” Bill Smith commented. “My team are looking forward to working alongside the Consultant Gynecologists, promoting high quality women’s healthcare services in the local Hendon and North London community. The ultrasound imaging technology and scanning experience we offer can significantly increase the diagnostic accuracy and early detection of gynecological issues such as pelvic pain and endometriosis, abnormal uterine bleeding, ovarian and other pelvic cancers. They also have a major impact in the investigation and management of infertility and recurrent miscarriage, as well as assessment of early pregnancy and prenatal diagnosis”. Clinical Diagnostic Services are regarded as pioneers in the development of transvaginal scanning including colour flow mapping (blood flow), 3D and 4D volumetric imaging, contrast studies, advanced ultrasound hysteroscopy and ultrasound-assisted surgical procedures. “Bill Smith and his team are a welcome addition to BMI The Garden Hospital. Our consultant gynecologists have been particularly impressed by him, his work, and the level of detail he can achieve with modern, state-of-the-art scanning techniques. Women’s health is a big focus for clinicians and the team at BMI The Garden Hospital and on behalf of everyone at the hospital I would like to welcome Bill and the Clinical Diagnostic Services team into our ... Read more

Healthcare Delivery Game Changer…

Singapore, March 27, 2014 – The 4th Mobile and Wearable Technology: Healthcare 2014 Conference will be taking place from 3 – 4 April 2014 in Singapore at the Park Royal Hotel. The world of digital health is transforming the global healthcare landscape. Mobile networks are the enabler of digital health while wearable technology is growing rapidly and is expected to be the next big wave in healthcare similar to that created by the smartphone revolution. According to IHS, wearable technology and remote patient monitoring show bright outlook whereby telehealth services are currently forecast to serve 5 million patients worldwide and consumer medical devices are forecast to exceed OEM sales of $10 billion through 2017. In a new assessment of the mobile healthcare market, ABI Research finds wearable wireless device revenues will grow to exceed $6 billion in 2018. McKinsey estimates that the cost of chronic disease treatment could be reduced by 10-20% through the use of mobile sensors, an economic impact of up to $2 trillion per year by 2025. This Conference will convene the healthcare authorities, regulators, hospital providers, medical devices manufacturers, venture capitalists and healthcare professionals to discuss the issues and challenges with the emerging growth of mobile healthcare and wearables deployment. Organizations represented at the Conference include: Ministry of Health (Singapore), Health Sciences Authority (Singapore), Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore, Health Promotion Board (Singapore), A*STAR , National University of Singapore, National Institute of Public Health (Japan), Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology (South Korea), Microsoft, PT Kalbe Farma Tbk, Industrial Medical Services, Nestle Singapore, Medic8,  Sanofi, UnitedHealth Group (USA), Landseed International Medical Group, Medtronic International,  Capital Investment Management (India), Celadon Health Ventures, The Propell Group, Tucker Medical, Continua Health Alliance, First Warning Systems (USA), SAP Asia Pacific & Japan, Celcom Axiata Bhd, Mylab, Nanyang Polytechnic and more. One of the speakers, Dr Pramod Gaur, the vice chair of ATA (American Telemedicine Association's) mHealth Special Interest Group said: “I am very much looking forward to participating and learning innovations first hand and share my analysis of the legislative and regulatory debate that is taking place in the USA to the attendees of this conference. Just a few days ago, South Korean Regulatory authorities announced that they will be assessing the latest Samsung Smartphone S5 and its heart rate monitor app before its projected market launch globally on 11 April 2014 and this shows the significance of a new regulatory framework for the new mobile and wearable devices.” Zensorium, a Japanese MNC that is committed to empower individuals in elevating their quality of life is showcasing the latest sensors at the Conference. The CEO of the conference organizing company, Magenta Global Pte Ltd, Singapore, Ms Maggie Tan, said: “Wearable Health is the game changer that will transform the landscape of healthcare. There has been a remarkable investment in wearable health space. Hear about the issues confronting the industry first hand at this Conference.” The Conference will be held at the Park Royal Hotel, Singapore. About Magenta Global, Singapore - Organizer Magenta Global is a premier independent business media company that provides pragmatic and relevant information to government & business executives and professionals worldwide. The organization provides the opportunity to share thought-provoking insights, exchange ideas on the latest industry trends and technological developments with thought leaders and business peers. With a strong focus in emerging economies especially in Africa, Middle East & Central Asia, Central & South America, Magenta Global works in partnership with both the public & private sectors. About Zensorium – Exhibitor Incorporated in 2012 and part of a 95-year Japanese MNC, Zensorium is committed to empower individuals in elevating your quality of life. Our flagship product, Tinké, is a wholesome solution for your Fitness & Wellness. The Zensorium Tinké is smart, simple and the only sensor that can measures 4 body parameters: Blood Oxygen Levels (SpO2), Rate of Respiration (breaths per minute), Heart Rate (beats per minute) and Heart Rate Variability within seconds, and simply from your finger. With Tinké, you can take a Vita Fitness measurement to understand your body status or a Zen Relaxation measurement to calm and know your inner ... Read more

Manchester Royal Infirmary Enlists ARFI via S3000 …

SIEMENS, UK, March 25, 2014 - Manchester Royal Infirmary, part of Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, has increased its imaging capabilities with the installation of an ACUSON S3000™ ultrasound system from Siemens Healthcare. In addition to carrying out a wide range of general procedures, the hospital anticipates the system will significantly benefit its Liver and HPB Unit with improved image quality and functionality leading to the reduction of liver biopsies required. The imaging team have cited the ACUSON S3000’s Virtual Touch™ imaging application, which implements Acoustic Radiation Force Impulse (ARFI) technology for the evaluation of deep tissues not accessible by superficial compression elastography, as a key benefit. Virtual Touch imaging provides a qualitative measurement of relative stiffness for a user-defined region of interest. Using this method, the hospital is able to differentiate stiff tissue from soft tissue even if it appears isoechoic using conventional ultrasound imaging. The ACUSON S3000, which also offers advanced proprietary eSie FusionTM imaging, enables the automatic and simple fusion of 3D CT volumes with real-time ultrasound. Beyond liver work, the system is being used to assist staff at Manchester Royal Infirmary with general abdominal, thyroid, testes, abdomen and musculoskeletal procedures, as well as for interventional procedures such as biopsies and drainages. “The ARFI technology provided by the ACUSON S3000 is incredibly important to both clinical practice and research,” states Lynn Kenderdine, Superintendent Radiographer at Manchester Royal Infirmary. “We are currently undertaking an ARFI study, examining evidence of cirrhosis and liver stiffness, and the Virtual Touch application will be of particular assistance to us in the diagnosis of liver disease.” “We are pleased the ACUSON S3000 is making a difference to Manchester Royal Infirmary’s important work in the field of liver disease, as well as supporting its range of routine ultrasound procedures,” states Richard Evans, Regional Sales Manager at Siemens Healthcare. “We are confident that both patients and staff will benefit from the system’s advanced imaging capabilities and ergonomics, and we look forward to continuing our relationship with the ... Read more

Spire Alexandra Hospital Enhances All MR Procedures …

SIEMENS, UK, March 20, 2014 - Spire Alexandra Hospital, part of the Spire Healthcare Group, has recently upgraded its MAGNETOM® Avanto MR system from Siemens Healthcare. One of the first hospitals to install the previous-generation system seven years ago, Spire Alexandra has opted for the Avantofit upgrade to benefit from new advanced and routine applications. It has also received the latest generation of integrated coil technology. The hospital anticipates the new technology will enhance abdominal, orthopaedic and prostate procedures, and will provide the capability to extend its MR and angiography remit in the future. The Avantofit is helping to improve levels of comfort for hospital patients, with clinicians at Spire Alexandra citing the faster acquisition, improved examination times and heightened internal lighting as key benefits, especially for claustrophobic patients. The system’s ease of use has also been valuable in terms of new procedure training and case preparation for staff new to the department. The speed of the project – 18 days from delivery of the system to applications training – also kept operational downtime of the MR service to a minimum, reducing the need for major investment of enabling works. The Avantofit’s inclusion of ‘Dot’ (Day optimising throughput) imaging technology allows the clinical users to personalise procedures according to patient needs, build in step-by-step user guidance, and automate MR examinations. This is further supported by ‘Tim 4G’ (Total imaging matrix), integrated coil technology. With its new RF architecture, Tim locates all transmit and receive components at the magnet, resulting in excellent image quality, a high signal-to-noise ratio and rapid acquisition times. “We regularly carry out breath-hold scanning, which can cause difficulties due to patients moving, so it is important for us to be able to speed up examinations for patients and increase comfort in the process. Five minutes saved on a scan is of huge benefit to both the patient and clinical workflow,” states Angela Rowett, Senior Radiographer at Spire Alexandra Hospital. “The Avantofit’s diffusion weighted imaging capabilities, coupled with the applications on offer, have helped in the evaluation of prostate cancer and have received praise from radiologists, urologists and neuroradiologists alike. We anticipate that the system’s ease of use will make procedural training far easier for staff new to MR.” “The Avantofit upgrade will assist Spire Alexandra’s expansion of its procedural capacity through the integrated coil technology and the range of advanced applications available, such as syngo RESOLVE’s anatomy-true diffusion imaging for areas including the prostate and CAIPIRINHA’s volumetric 3D imaging,” states Paul Vaughan, Regional Sales Manager at Siemens Healthcare. “Designed to fit the changing needs of dynamic healthcare environments, we are confident that the Avantofit’s flexibility, accuracy and speed will meet the high standards expected by staff at the ... Read more


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SIEMENS, March 20, 2014 - Carl Ahlgren helps Siemens Financial Services expand presence in Nordic healthcare equipment finance. Strategic focus on developing a wider public and private sector channel. Siemens’ Financial Services unit (SFS) has appointed Carl Ahlgren as Head of Sales Public Sector & Healthcare for the Nordic region, covering Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden. Ahlgren will focus on developing the medical equipment finance market in Nordic public and private healthcare. This will be achieved through the provision of finance directly to end user customers as well as via equipment vendors or introducers. Developing customer relationships and building strategic partnerships with equipment suppliers will therefore be a central remit for Ahlgren. In addition to further building collaboration with Siemens Healthcare, Ahlgren will develop financing solutions for third party equipment in order to provide end-users with an all-encompassing package incorporating technology and finance. The appointment highlights SFS’s strengthened focus on the healthcare finance market and reinforces its commitment to this arena.  Ahlgren comments, “All institutions want to deliver the best possible health services to their patients, but pressure continues to mount on budgets. By using equipment finance, healthcare providers can fund equipment acquisition and technology upgrades in a much more efficient and cost effective way. I am pleased to have the opportunity to drive the use of healthcare finance in the Nordics with SFS, a specialist financier in the healthcare market, backed by the strength and pedigree of the overall Siemens organization.” Ahlgren brings more than 12 years of experience within the healthcare market from GE Capital where he was Head of Sales for Healthcare Nordics. With Alhgren’s extensive understanding of the healthcare market dynamics in the region and knowledge of the Nordic customer base, SFS will be able to seize market opportunities to further build on its position in the healthcare business. In recent years, SFS has been witnessing growing demand for healthcare equipment finance across the globe, from developed economies such as the UK and Germany to developing countries in the East including China and ... Read more

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