Industry Roundup: EMC; Kodak; GE & ASRT; Merge eMed; FDA looks at medical device identifiers

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EMC announced that Bassett Healthcare has chosen an EMC CLARiiON CX3-80 storage system for its information infrastructure. Based on the new EMC CLARiiON UltraScale architecture, the storage system will provide the foundation for Bassett Healthcare’s three-year strategic information technology initiative.

Eastman Kodak is showing a computer-aided detection (CAD) system for its CR-based mammography platforms as a work-in-progress at the Breast Imaging Conference (BIC) in Las Vegas, Sept. 28-30. The CAD system is expected to be introduced next year. The company has offered mammography functionality as an optional feature on its KODAK DIRECTVIEW CR 850, CR 950, and CR 975 systems outside the United States and Canada since May 2005. The company is currently pursuing regulatory approval for its use within the United States and Canada. When this CR-based CAD system is available, Kodak will offer an integrated, single-vendor system for digital mammography.

GE Healthcare and the American Society of Radiologic Technologists’ Education and Research Foundation have presented two scholarships to radiologic technologists as part of the GE Healthcare Management Scholarship Program. The program assists registered radiologic technologists who are completing a master’s degree in business administration, healthcare administration, or healthcare management. Each scholarship is for $5,000. The winners are Brian J. Haines of Westerville, Ohio, enrolled in a master’s in business administration degree program at Ohio State University Fisher College of Business; and Amy K. Hofmann of Bismarck, N.D., enrolled in a master’s in business administration degree program at the University of Mary.

Merge eMed announced the release of Fusion RIS Version 3.1, with enhancements designed to improve overall productivity capabilities. New in this version are a new Call Center Scheduler module; an updated Fusion Delivery Service; mammography updates for compliance with the newest American College of Radiology CR BI-RADS standards; and a new RIS/PACS configuration for accommodating film within PACS.

The FDA has made a call for participants in a public meeting on October 25 on Unique Device Identification. The meeting will comprise a discussion on the issue as well as vendor display to explore the issues associated with the development, implementation, and use of a unique device identification system and the use of various automatic identification technologies. The meeting will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 25, from 9am to 4pm at Gaithersburg Marriott Washingtonian Center, 9751 Washingtonian Boulevard, Gaithersburg, MD 20878.
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