Industry news: Dynamic Imaging, Philips, Siemens

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Dynamic Imaging launched its Dynamic Imaging Associated Members Organized for Networking & Discussion (DIAMOND) user group. The group gives PACS administrators, information technology directors, and technologically-savvy radiologists the opportunity to network, share information and communicate best practices. DIAMOND also enables Dynamic Imaging to receive enhancement requests and general feedback with the consensus of a large group of IntegradWeb PACS users. The Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM) will administer its user group.

The Philips National Study on the Future of Technology and Telehealth in Home Care has been launched, sponsored by Philips Consumer Healthcare Solutions, and co-sponsored by the National Association for Home Care and Fazzi Associates. The study is designed to generate industry-wide insights into the use of technology and telehealth by the full range of home care agencies. 

The Philips study includes the involvement of a national steering committee of home care leaders representing all regions of the country and all segments of the industry. It is also designed to involve state and national home associations in generating input to the study and in disseminating the findings and recommendations to the field.

Philips has made a commitment to make the findings available free to agencies as well as technology vendors. For more information visit

Siemens Medical Solutions this week hosted its fourth annual CPOE (Computerized Physician Order Entry) symposium with nearly 175 users of its CPOE platform. The event promoted patient safety and enabled best practices sharing among leading healthcare facilities and CPOE users, including physician leaders, nurse clinicians and informaticists, pharmacists and CIOs. The two-day educational symposium featured interactive discussions with physician and nurse CPOE users from institutions such as Holy Redeemer Health System in Huntingdon Valley, Pa., Lifespan in R.I., Alegent Health in Omaha, Neb., and The Chester County Hospital in West Chester, Pa.

"Emerging technology holds great promise for enhancing the delivery of healthcare," said Michael R. Cohen, RPh, MS, ScD, Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP), a symposium keynote speaker. "Prescription writing is perhaps the most important paper transaction remaining in our increasingly digital society, and electronic prescribing tools can minimize medication errors related to handwriting."