Acuo CEO attributes growth to vendor-neutral infrastructure
Acuo Technologies announced at the 2008 HIMSS conference in Orlando, Fla., that the company achieved 300 percent growth over the previous year in sales bookings, while adding 89 additional implementations of the DICOM Services Grid software solution in 2007.

Jeff Timbrook, CEO of Acuo, told Health Imaging News that he attributes the growth to the “vendor-neutral infrastructure that the company is promoting.”

The company is highlighting its “open-systems platform. We store information in a standards way that easily interoperates with other clinical systems. Previously, it has been a real challenge to get medical imaging data into these other clinical systems before there were platforms like ours.”

He said that the St. Paul, Minn.-based Acuo provides “a meta-ware layer that physicians can query through and our system can interrogate multiple systems to bring that content back.”

According to Timbrook, “people are beginning to realize the archives that they initially bought with their departmental PACS can’t be utilized with the next-generation storage technologies because PACS vendors are not quickly adopting them. Also, the data is stored in a proprietary way, and so the hospitals don’t actually own the data. As a result, the departments are hooking that up through a meta-ware layer, without having to replace their PACS company.”

At the conference, Acuo also launched the free Migration Archive License, which provides a DICOM-compliant archive that stores migrated studies in a format that will never require customers to pay for the remigration of their data. 

The company also said that the Migration Archive can be upgraded to provide additional functionality for healthcare IT, including: pre-PACS replacement migration archive; PACS replacement risk management; a disaster recovery archive; and it can also be the foundation for all “ologies” as a primary vendor neutral archive for cardiology, vascular, and all image producing departments.

Acuo achieves interoperability through a number of partnerships with companies like Agfa, GE Healthcare, Siemens Medical Solutions, Amicas, Emageon, Philips, IBM and EMC.