Industry round-up: Avnet, Digisonics, Fujitsu, Plasmon, Spantel, Thomson Healthcare, UltraRAD, Vocad
Avnet Technology Solutions will distribute Plasmon’s Ultra Density Optical archival solutions. Healthcare organizations will now have access to an enterprise storage solution to support increasing data capacities driven by the need to support regulatory compliance, litigation protection, and information protection requirements.
Plasmon's optical-based solutions are designed to meet the archival storage demands of large corporations, small- to mid-sized businesses, healthcare facilities and government agencies. They benefit end-customers by providing an archival storage option that features media longevity of more than 50 years, fast access to data, low total cost, and an environmentally conscious solution with low-power consumption.

Digisonics has announced that Springfield Perinatal Clinic in Springfield, Mo. implemented OB-Net with GYN which provides full web-based access to the entire clinical database and reporting system. Tulsa Perinatal Evaluation Center in Tulsa, Okla. selected the OB-View Image Management and Reporting System; and Delta Diagnostics in West Monroe, La. upgraded their current system to DigiNet Pro for full web-based access to the cardiovascular image management and clinical reporting system.

Fujitsu Computer Systems Corporation introduced the first pen-enabled notebooks with solid state drives (SSDs). The LifeBook P1610 and LifeBook B6210 portables will offer an option for an SSD, an advanced NAND flash-based replacement for traditional hard disk drives. Designed for optimal portability and data protection, the highly durable mobile computer offers lower power consumption, ruggedness, reliability, and improved performance.
The 2.2-pound LifeBook P1610 convertible touch screen notebook and 3.2-pound LifeBook B6210 touch screen notebook are now offered with two flash-based SSD, 16 GB or 32 GB.

Mercury Computer and Germany’s Charite - Universitatsmedizin Berlin, Department of Radiology and Nuclear Medicine, Campus Benjamin Franklin, have signed a co-operation agreement covering the development of innovative 2D and 3D diagnostic imaging systems. The goal is to further optimize visualization and management of medical image data for modern imaging procedures, such as CT angiography and whole-body MR imaging. Another focal point of the joint research aims at improving the medical imaging workflow, so that clinicians and radiologists can quickly access image data, as well as advanced 3D tools throughout the entire hospital.
Mercury and the radiology department of the Campus Benjamin Franklin will evaluate and optimize the clinical application of the Mercury Visage CS Thin Client/Server solution in order to provide high-performance, scalable solutions for reconstruction and visualization of medical imaging data. Currently the work is focused on advancing Visage CS for 3D-based image interpretation, especially on automatic removal of bone structures in CT angiography images, advanced vessel analysis tools, and efficient interpretation of MR imaging data.
“Our collaboration with Mercury focuses on evaluating and optimizing the thin-client technology. In addition to the development of special 2D and 3D tools, we expect an improvement in the workflow within our department, as well as in the presentation of radiological findings outside of our hospital,” said Professor Dr. Frank K. Wacker, vice-chairman of the Department of Radiology at the Campus Benjamin Franklin.

Medical transcription application service provider Spantel appointed Dale Kivi as vice president of Business Development.  Kivi formerly served as vice president of business development at CyMed. In his new role, Kivi will direct the healthcare technology company’s marketing, sales and customer relationship management efforts. Kivi brings over 20 years of healthcare and technology marketing experience to Spantel, having spent five years with CyCare Systems (now part of McKesson), seven years with Siemens, and four years with CyMed.

Clinicians at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, Calif., are transitioning from their homegrown infobutton search application to Thomson Healthcare’s InfoButton Access, a commercial infobutton system. Cedars-Sinai Medical Center is one of the largest nonprofit academic medical centers in the western U.S., licensing 848 beds and serving five counties in Southern California. InfoButton Access is an internet or intranet-based and context-aware knowledge search and retrieval technology solution that integrates easily with clinical information systems. Infobuttons facilitate immediate access to evidence-based knowledge within clinicians’ workflow at the point-of-care, and designed to help them quickly find answers to patient care questions. An article in last year’s Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association (JAMIA) reports Boston-based Partners Healthcare found that infobutton technology satisfied clinicians’ information needs about medications and significantly altered patient care decisions nearly 15 percent of the time.

UltraRAD Corporation released UltraGateway Version 3.0, the newest version of the DICOM Gateway. This version includes enhancements that will allow the user to increase throughput with added ability to facilitate workflow. Version 3.0 includes:
  • An easy to use interface allowing for remote configuration;
  • Enhancements to manage multiple concurrent users and large databases;
  • Throughput optimization; 
  • New control wizards;
  • DICOM compliant 128 bit encryption;
  • Increased JPEG 2000 support;
  • DICOM storage commitment;
  • Simultaneous inbound and outbound DICOM streams;
  • Advanced auto-routing features; and
  • Simplistic sign in and installation feature upgrades. 
Using the UltraGATEWAY 3.0 solution, any facility can collect digital DICOM data from various sources and process, store and distribute them simultaneously within the facility and out to any remote location for primary reading or consultation purposes.

Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia is the latest hospital of 125 hospitals to embrace Veriphy, Vocada’s solution for critical test result management (CTRM). CTRM is a technology-based pathway to automate and manage the communication of critical and urgent patient findings. Veriphy replaces manual systems, which typically are inefficient, inconsistent, and error-prone, and it simultaneously enhances patient safety, improves patient outcomes, and boosts staff productivity.