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Community Health Network (CHN), a healthcare system based in east-central Wisconsin, has selected Merge Healthcares iConnect VNA and iConnect Access to provide real-time access to images and patient information across its network.

Rochester General Health System in Rochester, N.Y., will upgrade to the latest version of Carestreams Vue PACS, allowing physicians access to reports and images through mobile devices.

Advocate Health Care, the largest health system in Illinois, has selected Chicago-based Merge Healthcare to provide a suite of cardiology image and data sharing systems.

Boston Scientific has gained CE Mark for its Innova self-expanding bare-metal stent system, which is designed to treat peripheral vascular lesions in arteries above the knee, specifically the superficial femoral artery and proximal popliteal artery.

CHICAGOCoronary CT angiography (CCTA), as the first test for low- to intermediate-risk patients presenting to emergency departments (ED) with potential acute coronary syndrome, results in safe and expedited discharge from the emergency department of many patients who would otherwise be admitted, according to the late-breaking clinical trial, ACRIN PA, presented March 26 at the American College of Cardiologys (ACC) 61st annual scientific session.

Toshiba America Medical Systems showed its volume CT system paired with Vital Images software and vascular x-ray system at recent scientific meetings.

CHICAGOThe Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act has been debated and discussed ad nauseam, but how will the guts of the bill actually impact doctors? This is the question Richard E. Anderson, MD, chairman and CEO of The Doctors Company, asked March 25 at an afternoon session at the 61st annual American College of Cardiology (ACC) scientific session. While the bills goal is to insure more Americans, Anderson said ultimately it will increase demand yet offer no break in terms of supply or professional liability.

CHICAGOCardiologists wrangled over whether or not the findings of the FOCUS trial, despite its inability to reach the pre-established primary endpoint actually indicates promise for the future of cell therapy in patients with ischemic heart disease that do not have another therapeutic options. The trial was presented March 24 at the American College of Cardiologys (ACC) 61st annual scientific session.

LAS VEGASCollapsing reimbursement, accountable care and the massive complexity of the healthcare system is making profitable clinical decision support more important than ever, said Adrienne Edens, system vice president and CIO, St. Lukes Health System, during a lecture at the 2012 Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society conference. The six-hospital system is based in Boise, Idaho.

Nuance Communications has selected the SparrowEDIS emergency department information system, developed by Ashland, Ore.-based startup Montrue Technologies, as the winner of the 2012 Mobile Clinician Voice Challenge.