PACSGEAR launches MediaWriter D200
PACSGEAR released its MediaWriter D200, a high-volume, high-quality robotic CD/DVD burner, at the 2008 Society of Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM) meeting in Seattle.

Thomas Pickard, vice president, marketing and business development, told Health Imaging News that after introducing the MediaWriter D30, a manual CD/DVD burning unit, at last year’s SIIM, customers said they needed a unit that could handle more volume than 30 discs per day.

“It [D200] operates in one of two ways,” Pickard said. “The software interface allows you to query multiple DICOM devices by medical record number or name, or it can work in an unattended mode called AutoBurn, which lets you send directly from the modality to MediaWriter. The choice depends on the workflow for the facility.”

MediaWriter D200 uses the Epson Discproducer to quickly write and print DICOM CDs/DVDs with one click. Discproducer has two CD/DVD drives and a capacity of 100 discs, giving hospitals, healthcare networks and imaging centers a DICOM distribution solution that is easy to configure, deploy and maintain.

"MediaWriter D200 provides a scalable solution that fits our customers’ DICOM image distribution requirements. We selected Discproducer after an extensive evaluation and concluded that it meets the standard of reliability that our customers demand. This burner/printer easily fits on a desk and produces up to 100 discs without reloading," said Brian J. Cavanaugh, president of PACSGEAR.

The company also showcased PacsScan Video, which enables a facility to scan documents, create electronic forms and import JPEG/AVI/MPEG and DICOM CDs/DVDs from any department to any PACS/EHR.

“What we have found is that PACS is moving outside of radiology but in many cases there haven’t been products that are affordable that allow you to easily connect those devices into PACS,” Pickard said. “Many of our customers want to connect specialty rooms like ENT and ERs to PACS, but they have no way to leverage those with PACS.”

In looking toward the future, Pickard said there seems to be a move toward consolidating imaging throughout the enterprise. “What this means to us is a move from PACS into the EHR, so we are seeing more customers want integration from what they have in the PACS and how to get those images available to referring physicians through the HER,” Pickard concluded.