Industry round-up: Amicas, Aion Diagnostics, Image Smith, Matrox, NovaRad, Optio, RCG HealthCare

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Perth, Australia-based Aion Diagnostics Inc., a nano-diagnostics company commercializing medical imaging agents, has appointed Theodor Dingermann, PhD, to its scientific advisory board. Dingermann has over 30 years experience in the German pharmaceutical industry. He is the biotechnology advisor to the State of Hesse as well as editor-in-chief of two leading German pharmaceutical journals: DIE PHARMAZIE and Pharmazie in unserer Zeit.

The Aion Scientific Advisory Board is chartered to contribute independent scientific and strategic advice to the company's operations.

Matrox Graphics Inc. said that Image Smiths Inc. has validated Matrox MED Series display controller boards with its VeriLUM v. 5.2 display calibration software for the Windows Vista platform. Used in combination, VeriLUM's display performance tracking and gamma correction tool, Matrox users can control the overall brightness of an image in conformance with the DICOM Part 14 standard.

NovaRad Corporation announced three additional Midwest-based NovaPACS contracts, including: 28-bed Shenandoah Memorial Hospital in Shenandoah, Iowa; 53-bed Starke Memorial Hospital in Knox, Ind.; and 99-bed Western Plains Regional Hospital in Dodge City, Kan. 

Optio Healthcare announced today that Elmore Medical Center in Mountain Home, Idaho, has selected its subscription-based electronic health record (EHR), forms automation, document archive and imaging solutions to streamline operations throughout the hospital, while accelerating the timely exchange of patient information throughout the continuum of care.

Founded in 1955, Elmore Medical Center's 25-bed, full-service hospital is a partner in the Southwest Idaho Community Health Network (SWICHN), an 11-member hospital and healthcare network dedicated to sharing resources, skills and knowledge to provide the best possible care to the communities of Southwestern Idaho.

RCG HealthCare Consulting recently completed its implementation support contract with Waterbury Hospital of Waterbury, Conn. for the facility’s PACS implementation. The facility’s main site and five satellite locations were upgraded with Amicas PACS during the first quarter of 2007. The facility employs 11 radiologists throughout its sites, performing over 130,000 exams per year.

RCG’s role of project management expanded into PACS administration during implementation. The firm’s lead consultant on the project became involved in establishing workflow, as well as integration testing, modality testing and training. RCG also assisted the facility with designing downtime policies and procedures.