Siemens inks deal with i3Archive

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Siemens Medical Solutions has signed an agreement with i3Archive Inc. to deliver its National Digital Mammography Archive (NDMA) to healthcare facilities nationwide.

The agreement includes marketing, sales, research and development activities and Siemens will offer the NDMA as an integrated part of its mammography system.

NDMA technology was developed with a federal grant by four teaching universities, including the University of Pennsylvania. In April, the device was transferred to i3Archive in Philadelphia.

 In compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), the NDMA is a distributed archive with digital certification and smart card authentication for security. It connects to the hospital or health system via a device that enables the healthcare provider to access image data or, with approval, another hospital's image data, allowing patient records to be distributed within and across hospital enterprises in less than 90 seconds.

"The NDMA is designed to facilitate data analysis tools such as CAD (computer aided detection)," said Michael Monahan, division manager for the Siemens Medical Solutions Special Products Division. "For a patient, it will mean that wherever she goes, she can access her mammography images nationwide, and her doctor will be able to take advantage of the collective medical knowledge of all NDMA users."

According to a 2002 Frost & Sullivan market research report on clinical mammography, the number of mammograms is expected to increase from 32 million in 2003 to an estimated 49 million in 2009.