Industry round-up: Brigham & Womens, McKesson, Mercury Computer

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McKesson’s Revenue Cycle Outsourcing business unit and Brigham & Women’s Physician Organization in Boston were recently named as the 2007 “Best Healthcare Partnership” in the distinguished Outsourcing Excellence Awards. The companies were cited for the “partnering mindset” in their outsourcing relationship, which began in 2002. The Outsourcing Excellence award recognizes a dynamic outsourcing partnership between an outsourcing firm and one of its clients. Winners are selected by a panel of industry experts, who conduct a rigorous review of all components of the applicant’s relationship and outcomes achieved. The annual awards are co-sponsored by Everest Group and Forbes.

Mercury Computer Systems will present advances to its Visage product line at SIIM 2007 in Providence, R.I., June 7-10. The Visage line offers 3D and 4D diagnostic reading and visualization tools that are not bound to specific workstations, but become available directly within the PACS workflow anywhere in the hospital enterprise.

Specifically, the company will showcase: Visage CS Thin Client/Server with improved 3D tools and enhanced workflow for CT angiography. Additionally, Visage CS now features a new vessel tool-card that combines multiple tools in a unified way for defining vessel paths, tracing vessel paths, doing curved planar reformatting or straightened-out lumen view. Mercury’s fully integrated Visage Cardiac CT Analysis Package now provides 4D Cardiac CT data support including coronary vessel analysis as well as left ventricle functional analysis.

Visage PACS features flexible hanging protocols and new functions that enable flexible arrangement of multiple viewers. The automatic generation of thick slices is now possible even for systems that do not include a Visage CS 3D option.