Industry round-up: Inspiration Technology, Kodak Health Group, NovaRad, Ramsoft, Varian
Eastman Kodak Company’s Health Group launched of Viewbox Express, an on-line ordering system for healthcare practitioners in the U.S. to purchase Kodak’s x-ray films at lower prices. Purchases can either be filled directly by Kodak or through a network of participating dealers.

Healthcare providers such as diagnostic imaging centers, orthopaedic practices, urgent care centers, chiropractic facilities and podiatry offices that join Viewbox Express will be able to buy Kodak’s most widely used line of high-quality, general radiology films. There are no membership costs or fees for joining Viewbox Express, Kodak said.

NovaRad Corporation has partnered with Inspiration Technology based in Charlotte, N.C., to enhance and streamline the billing capability of its NovaRIS. Inspiration Technology’s practice management billing software, IMAGINEradiology, has been interfaced with NovaRIS. Designed for radiology, the software helps maximize productivity and lower operational overhead associated with billing and collection functions with various features including: automated workflow, charge central, HIPAA audit trail, document management, and denial management.

RamSoft Inc. announced it has introduced a new multi-tier reseller program for its RIS and PACS information management technologies. The company is inviting healthcare solution providers, imaging equipment manufacturers, networking IT companies, as well as sales professionals to capitalize on the growth of RamSoft’s market share. Authorized resellers will have the ability to instantly generate revenue streams, simply by recommending RamSoft solutions and services to their current and potential customer base. In exchange for direct referrals, the company will assume all customer relations, support and billing functions, so organizations can expand product offerings without additional technical support costs.

A private radiotherapy institute in Bavaria has commenced treating cancer patients with radiotherapy using a linear accelerator and special On-Board Imager accessory from Varian Medical Systems. The new equipment, the first of its kind in clinical operation in Germany, is being used at the private radiotherapy institute at the Klinikum Memmingen to treat breast, prostate and head/neck cancer patients with image-guided radiotherapy (IGRT). The new imaging capability enables doctors to locate and target tumors more accurately during treatments.