Industry news: CCHIT, Canon Medical Systems, Cardinal Health, CompView, GE, Orthocrat

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Canon Medical Systems is demonstrating its digital radiography (DR) systems as well as a new color printer this week at the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons’ (AAOS) Annual Meeting, in San Diego, Calif. As for DR systems, the company is displaying its full-size, portable system – the Canon CXDI-50G – a light-weight, large imaging area (14 x 17-inch) integrated with the AMX-4 DR upgrade, making it appropriate for bedside or post surgical procedures. In addition, the RadPro elevating table/wall stand suite is featuring the Canon CXDI-50C portable DR system, built to deliver high-quality diagnostic images efficiently with minimal x-ray exposure to patients. The Canon CXDI 50 series offers orthopedic surgeons a one-plate system that allows the DR panel to be interchanged between the table and the wall stand, the company said.

The company is also highlighting the capabilities of its viewer software that is able to manipulate DR images without compromising throughput. The scalable solution provides the user with pixel-to-pixel display of individual or multiple high-resolution DR images. Fitting for orthopedic clinics, the Canon DR Image Viewer features pan, zoom and measurement tools such as cobb angles, as well as saves images to CD and sends images to any Windows-based desktop printer and/or a DICOM Standard-compliant network device.

In addition to its medical devices, Canon is showcasing the PIXMA Pro9000 printer, an eight-color ink printer that produces a wide color gamut to achieve vivid coloration and high glossiness, and prints up to 13-inches x 19-inches on plain paper and specialty media. The iPF500 can be used by medical facilities that print long images such as long leg or other stitched images.

The Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology (CCHIT) will host two upcoming EHR certification program events at HIMSS 2007 in New Orleans on Feb. 27. These include:
  • A town hall meeting to review and take questions on current and future certification plans; and
  • Orientation sessions to help companies that develop hospital-based EHR products prepare for the new inpatient EHR certification program.

Dublin, Ohio-based Cardinal Health has become the sixth member of the Dossia Founders Group, an organization funding an independent non-profit institute to develop Dossia, a Web-based framework through which U.S. employees, dependents and retirees can maintain lifelong personal health records (PHR). The company is the first healthcare vendor to join Dossia, which was first announced in Washington, D.C. in December 2006. Fellow Dossia Founders Group members include Applied Materials, BP America, Intel Corporation, Pitney Bowes and Wal-Mart.

Tel Aviv, Isreal-based Orthocrat, provider of digital orthopedic surgical planning system, is showcasing the latest upgrades to its TraumaCad software this week at the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) conference, in San Diego, Calif.

TraumaCad 2.0 offers enhanced surgical planning options for orthopedic procedures. It expands upon the feature-richWeb-based functionality of the original version by offering surgeons additional resources that enable more thorough and accurate planning of foot, spine, hip, and trauma surgeries. The new version also provides more reporting options. Specialized templates simplify planning for the most common types of orthopedic surgery.

Also at AAOS, CompView Medical announced the release of its latest product, NuBOOM-HD. The product is an all-in-one equipment management and video visualization system that delivers four fully adjustable high definition (HD) monitors around the operating room table. The system provides surgeons and members of the operating room (OR) staff ergonomically-sound viewing angles of high quality images from anywhere within the operating field, the company said.