Partnerships: Avnet & Plasmon; EnovateIT & Language Access Network; Mercury Computer

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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.

Video interpretation services provider Language Access Network signed a definitive agreement with EnovateIT, a mobile wireless solutions and global systems integrator. “We are excited to partner with Language Access Network, the leader in video remote interpretation services,” said Ron Sgro, EnovateIT president. “The US healthcare system is challenged in an ever-increasing way to care for non-English speaking patients. EnovateIT and Language Access Network are committed to providing patient friendly translation services that include video and audio capabilities to both the patient and clinician. This unique system will further augment hospitals’ current approach to caring for over 42 million non-English speaking people in the U.S.”

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.