Exhibitors at the 2009 Radiological Society of North America Scientific Assembly in Chicago made a number of product announcements. Following is a sampling of some of the information technology developments.
--Siemens Healthcare, Malvern, Pa., unveiled syngo.via, new advanced visualization and workflow software that automatically prepares cases for reading, pre-selecting appropriate images for radiologists to view. The company says it has 13 beta sites now testing the application. These include The Cleveland Clinic and Johns Hopkins Hospitals. By linking to a computerized physician order entry system, syngo.via can present the relevant portion of an image study to speed the reading, the company says. Referring physicians also can use the application to access relevant images on any computer platform via a virtual private network.
--Merge Healthcare, Milwaukee, now offers its PACS, radiology information system and disaster recovery applications in the software-as-a-service model. Users can avoid investing in multiple layers of hardware and software by accessing these hosted applications remotely, the company says. The hosted applications are available on a pay-per-study basis.
--McKesson Corp., San Francisco, announced that Iowa Health System is deploying its PACS at 34 hospitals and clinics throughout the state. So far, the delivery system has implemented the PACS at five of its seven regions, with the remainder to go live by year’s end, the company said. McKesson also unveiled VTRIP, a visualization module for its Horizon Rad Station workstations.
--GE Healthcare, Waukesha, Wis., unveiled integration of its Centricity Precision Reporting application with its PACS. Radiologists can use the application, which leverages speech recognition technology, to prepare reports while viewing an image in the PACS.
--Fujifilm Medical Systems USA Inc., Stamford, Conn., announced a new Medical Informatics Division to integrate its PACS, radiology information system, cardiovascular imaging and women’s health imaging units. The company also has introduced Synapse Tele-RIS, a radiology system designed for private practices.
--BRIT Systems, Dallas, introduced Webworks, a browser-based application for viewing of patient images and reports on any computer with an Internet connection and a browser. The application works without requiring any downloads.
--Laitek Inc., Homewood, Ill., announced an enhanced archive designed to help hospitals make the transition from one PACS system to another. The Semperdata Static DICOM Archive enables fast access to data from a legacy system for transfer to a new system, the company says.
--CoActiv, Ridgefield, Conn., released an iPhone viewing system for diagnostic images. Users of the company’s EXAM-PACS also can now access images on computers running Microsoft Windows 7, Apple Mac OS X using the firm’s viewers.
--Accelerad, Atlanta, unveiled mobile.accelerad.com, which enables viewing of diagnostic images on handheld devices. The application runs on the devices’ browsers, requiring no additional software. Users log onto the SeeMyRadiology.com Web site to access images they’re authorized to view.
--Medweb, San Francisco, introduced virtualPACS, a software-as-a-service model for PACS with a fee-per-study pricing model. Now in beta testing, the application uses such standards as DICOM and HL7.
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