ACC: Integrating Cardiac Imaging & Patient Data

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 The 56th Annual American College of Cardiology Annual Scientific Sessions are headed to the Big Easy this month. This year’s event will highlight a number of spotlight education sessions and topic tracks involving the latest in integrated imaging, as well as imaging and diagnostic testing. The event is focused on a commitment to the latest cutting-edge science, organizers say, and will be very much focused on prevention and treatment on a global scale. The goals of the program include the translation of evidence-based cardiovascular science and clinical trials information into clinical practice, along with discussions relating to the latest in practice management, care quality, and ethics.

What follows is an overview of what a variety of vendors will be showcasing on the exhibit hall floor. Look for an emphasis to be placed at the show on cardiology workflow and information management, along with system integrations that aim to combine the best of multiple systems.

Agfa HealthCare (Booth #2823) is showcasing its Agfa Heartlab Cardiovascular product suite for secure access to critical cardiology information. Built for demanding clinical and workflow needs, Agfa’s cardiovascular solution is designed to improve communication and boosts productivity through various features including tightly integrated structured results management, vendor-neutral ECG management, and multimodality cardiology and vascular image analysis.

Agfa HealthCare also is demonstrating the HeartStation ECG Management System, which allows rapid review of computer-generated reports, serial comparison, editing, and electronic signing of final ECG reports through an extraordinarily easy-to-use physician interface.

BRIT Systems (Booth #140) is highlighting its recent partnership with Mercury Computer Systems, through which Mercury is providing advanced 3D capabilities for the BRIT Linux workstation via the integration of the Mercury Visage CS Thin Client Server. BRIT also is demonstrating the 3D imaging tools native to its Roentgen Files PACS that are available on any BRIT Vision workstation.

Candelis ImageGrid 1500Candelis (Booth #1661) is demonstrating its ImageGrid 1500 PACS appliance and is unveiling its XML to DICOM conversion module, an option for the ImageGrid product line, which enables conversion of digital imaging data, and archive and management of electrocardiogram studies.

The ImageGrid is a line of DICOM industry-standard PACS appliances optimized for digital-image access and routing. It provides simplified image management and highly reliable storage and archive capabilities in a fully-integrated storage server platform.

Cardinal Health (Booth #2056) is showcasing its full suite of services that help clients open, operate, staff and manage a safe, compliant and profitable nuclear imaging lab. The suite includes:
  • LABComplete — a comprehensive tool for starting up or expanding a nuclear imaging lab;
  • ICANL Accreditation — providing resources and tools for creating a safe, compliant imaging lab environment;
  • Cardiology Technology Solutions Suite including SYNtac department management software and CardioWriter ASNC/ICANL compliant report generating software;
  • Clinic OneSource Solution cost savings programs;
  • Innovative Safety Solutions for handling radioactive materials;
  • Continuing Education services for online, at home or in office;
  • PET Services and PET Foundations — to increase patient volumes and improve patient care; and
  • DataMetrix benchmarking tools to help analyze and enhance the financial performance of your nuclear pharmacy

Digisonics DigiView Image Management & Reporting SystemDigisonics (Booth #1656) is highlighting its DigiView Image Management & Reporting System that combines image review workstations, a PACS image archive, an integrated clinical database, comprehensive measurements and calculations package, and highly configurable reporting. DigiView exceeds HIPAA requirements with full security, an audit trail, and electronic signature facilities.

Another system, DigiNet Pro, provides web-based access to the entire cardiovascular image management and reporting system, while the company’s WebView is an easy-to-use tool for secure online viewing of stored patient information, images, and reports for cardiovascular modalities. 

Addtionally, the Digisonics Rolodex is a tool for automating transmission of finalized reports to referring physicians and sites through fax, e-mail and print options.

EMC Centera content addressable storage systemEMC Corporation (Booth #3061) is exhibiting ways of storing cardiology PACS and