Industry news: ContextVision, GE, McKesson, Medhost

ContextVision AB has released GOPView XR2-ADi, an adaptive and automatic density identifier enabling extended recording range and consistent exposure results in digital plate x-ray imaging. GOPView XR2-ADi is a companion for ContextVision’s image enhancement processing algorithm GOPView XR2.

GOPView XR2-ADi’s automatic data identification and enhancement combines optimum image density and clearer detail of small structures with low noise. The ideal result is not only a lower number of retakes, but reduced patient exposure and equipment usage. The ADi algorithm also minimizes burn-through effect that often occurs during imaging of soft tissue in digital x-ray, reducing the need for additional windowing and leveling of images.

GOPView XR2-ADi also automatically adapts for different collimators and excludes the pixel counts outside the collimated area to optimize grayscale visualization over the area of interest.

GE Healthcare has acquired Wave Biotech LLC, a supplier of disposable manufacturing technologies for the biopharmaceutical industry. The acquisition of Wave Biotech LLC, including its subsidiary Wave Europe Pvt. Ltd., will allow GE Healthcare to expand its offering of products and services for the manufacture of biopharmaceuticals such as antibodies and vaccines.  Financial terms were not disclosed.

GE Healthcare also announced that Somnia Inc., a national anesthesia practice management company, has implemented Centricity Group Management, an advanced practice management system.

South Georgia Medical Center, a 335-bed regional referral facility, has signed a multi-million dollar software, automation and consulting services agreement with the Alpharetta, Ga.-based technology division of McKesson Corporation. As part of the agreement, core components of McKesson's Horizon Clinical systems and automation technologies will be deployed to upgrade clinical infrastructure and processes from the hospital pharmacy to the patient's bedside.

Saint Clare’s Hospital in Weston, Wis., has automated its emergency department (ED) with a full suite of Medhost systems to improve workflow and communication, especially between the lab and ED. Clinicians can view lab results as soon as they are completed to determine patient care quickly. Saint Clare’s ED has shown improvements in the following performance areas:

  • Average patient length of stay (LOS) is trending downward under 120 minutes;
  • Improvements in coding accuracy are better than the 10 percent expected;
  • and Patient satisfaction scores, as established by NRC Picker, have soared to 96.7 percent