Industry news: Grundig, PARCA, Varian

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Grundig Business Systems GmbH, a world-leading manufacturer of professional dictation solutions, has established a sales office in Chicago, Ill., to increase its presence on the U.S. healthcare market. To head up the office, Grundig Business Systems has appointed Christopher B. Hanley as its sales manager North America. Hanley will be responsible for expanding the Grundig Business Systems sales and support network in the United States as well as in Canada.

Dexton, Texas-base PACS Administrators Registry and Certification Association (PARCA) said it now has more than 100 certified CPAS members. “With over 500 members joining since our inception in 2005, it really is a testament to the needs of the industry that almost one out of five of our members are now certified” said Suzanne Hunter, PARCA executive secretary. The Certified PACS Associate (CPAS) is taken in two parts, with a technical and clinical focus.

PARCA also announced that CPSM Certification will be available from April 1, 2007. The focus of this highest-level exam is on a detailed technical understanding of the imaging chain, advanced standards understanding and strong network and security knowledge. The CPSM is a combination of multiple-choice questions and a hands-on exercise where members set up a VPN connection to a secure server from their computer, be able to communicate with that server, and answer several security related questions in an essay format. PARCA offers four different certifications: CPAS, CPSA, CPIA and CPSM covering the various aspects of PACS administration. For more:

Varian Medical Systems has been named No. 14 in the BusinessWeek 50 listing for 2007, the magazine's ranking of the nation's best-performing large public corporations in the Standard & Poor's 500-stock index. "Varian is honored to be included in the BusinessWeek 50," said Timothy Guertin, Varian president and CEO. "To be referred to as a smaller company 'playing at the top of their game,' and maintaining a high level of global market share through 'management excellence, marketing muscle, and innovation' is a tremendous affirmation of our efforts. We are proud to be recognized in this way."