Industry news: InSite One, McKesson, UPMC

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McKesson will premiere the Horizon Anatomic Pathology solution at the CLMA ThinkLab ’07 in Houston, Texas. The anatomic pathology system allows pathologists to improve workflow and diagnostic processes, while integrating the Horizon Lab laboratory information system (LIS) and the Horizon Architecture, McKesson’s next-generation enterprise-wide common platform and architecture. The anatomic pathology system displays clinical pathology results, number of slides in the case, stains, gross description and case status in one easy-to-use, visual screen. Accessing clinical pathology data directly from the virtual slide tray also improves the diagnostic process and decreases turnaround times for diagnosis delivery.

UPMC Cancer Centers and a Pittsburgh-based health care technology company are launching an interactive Web site that will help cancer patients and their families learn about clinical trials, in an effort to allay fears and misconceptions, and increase participation in testing the latest cancer drugs. Visitors can type in questions and receive video-based answers in real time from other cancer patients, medical experts and educational guides.

InSite One launched a special philanthropic program with their mammography clients in support of the American Breast Cancer Foundation’s Key to Life Breast Cancer Screening Assistance Program and breast cancer research.

For every mammogram archived with InSite One from facilities performing mammography, InSite One will contribute to the American Breast Cancer Foundation. The ultimate goal of this program, in addition to raising funds, is to increase awareness for the early detection of breast cancer. Each client and the patients they serve will be a contributor to this Foundation, the company said.

In addition, InSite One will place a plaque at each facility expressing the program along with the American Breast Cancer Foundation’s program telephone number.

“This program demonstrates InSite One’s commitment to the healthcare community in conjunction with providing our core services,” commented Jim Champagne, president and CEO. “Contributing to this very worthy cause in partnership with our mammography clients brings this commitment full circle.”

Established in 1997, The American Breast Cancer Foundation provides breast cancer screening assistance to uninsured and underinsured women and men of all ages. The foundation supplies Post Breast Surgery Care Kits to aid patients with home wound care immediately after surgery. In addition to these community based programs, The Foundation supports breast cancer research in the areas of Ductal Lavage, DNA Gene Array Mapping and a Breast Cancer Vaccine to develop a treatment that will assist patients with metastatic breast cancer.