Industry news: Agfa, Apollo PACS, DeJarnette (correction), Medipattern, Thomson Healthcare
Agfa HealthCare is unveiling orthopaedic software tools as part of its PACS at the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons' (AAOS) 2007 Annual Meeting in San Diego, Calif. The company is showcasing its latest works-in-progress modules for orthopedic surgeons including spine planning and trauma modules. Agfa is also launching a new software tool to simplify complex orthopaedic measurements.
"The sixth generation of Agfa HealthCare's PACS solution, IMPAX 6.0TM, enables orthopaedic surgeons to optimize clinical and IT efficiencies. The solution offers improved access to digital images, specialized tools that support orthopaedic procedures, and flexibility in sharing information. The system enables optimized office workflow, resulting in cost-savings and enhanced patient care," said Mark Zdanowicz, marketing manager ambulatory care, Agfa HealthCare North America.
In addition, Agfa HealthCare is demonstrating the latest Computed Radiography (CR) systems with a full leg/full spine cassette holder, fully automated image processing and image stitching software.

Apollo PACS, formerly Apollo Telemedicine, announced a new name and incorporation. Along with the name change, Apollo has geared its focus and services towards lab personnel. The company’s core product is PathPACS which is able to integrate pathology imaging into the electronic patient record and enables surgeons, dermatologists, and other specialists to connect to the laboratory to view results and images, the company said.

In the Feb. 8 edition of Health Imaging News, a previous version of a DeJarnette Research Systems news item mistakenly referred to a vendor not associated with the announcement. Below is the correct version:

DeJarnette Research Systems has promoted Brian Baker to North American service manager. Baker will be responsible for the delivery of all of the company’s field services. Baker previously served the company as migration manager.
The company has also promoted Eric Finegan to vice president of Customer Service and Quality Affairs, with responsibility for all customer service worldwide, including manufacturing and field service.
According to DeJarnette, the changes are the result of a 57 percent rise in sales in 2006. In addition to the promotions, the company said plans to increase its migration services business internationally.

Thomson Healthcare announced that its MercuryMD Mobile solutions have been recognized as the Category Leader for Mobile Data Systems in the Top 20: Best in KLAS Report. This is the fifth consecutive year that the MercuryMD Mobile solutions have been ranked number one in the category, the company said.