Health IT heals workflow gaps

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Introducing new ways to improve efficiency and increase interoperability are top goals for health information technology vendors at RSNA 2006. Products that incorporate more features and tools than ever into one system will share the health IT limelight. From surgical planning tools to virtual worklists and pre-fetch solutions to software that allows users more functionality from one workstation than ever, health IT vendors are poised to streamline users’ workflow.

Advantech (Booth #3185) is demonstrating its upgraded POC Slim Series Panel computers to assist medical personnel care for patients. The 15-inch POC-S155 and 17-inch POC-S175 now feature a choice of processors up to Pentium M 1.4 GHz for more responsive applications that save time. Upgraded models have an optional built-in uninterruptible power supply that provides 30 minutes of operational power for safer data storage and graceful shutdown of applications.

Amirsys (Booth #1017) is adding an Imaging Anatomy Module to STATdx. STATdx, the first point-of-care, clinical decision support system for imaging, is designed to support the busy radiologist by increasing speed, accuracy, and diagnostic confidence in complex cases. STATdx Imaging Anatomy allows radiologists, while researching differential diagnoses, to access seamlessly all relevant imaging anatomy and to determine the critical anatomic context of a specific diagnosis. STATdx streamlines workflow by reducing the time required to research and complete a difficult imaging analysis. Its digital format sets it apart from a textbook and ensures that radiologists can have access to on-demand reference tools wherever and whenever needed.

aycan Medical Systems (Booth #8110) is highlighting the aycan workstation OsiriX, a cost-effective certified image processing software dedicated to DICOM images for navigation and visualization of multislice/multidimensional studies. aycan also is showcasing its aycan xray-print solution featuring a wider array of output solutions. aycan xray-print is a cost-saving DICOM paper print solution that provides an inexpensive way to communicate with referring physicians and patients.

Cedara C4Cedara Software (Booth #4716) is showcasing a variety of new technologies for OEM/VARs designed to unite image and information management in the healthcare industry. One such product is C4 (Cedara Clinical Control Center), a platform that allows clinical applications and plug-ins to be tightly integrated into a single workstation, sharing system resources. While C4 can be used to integrate clinical applications into any information system quickly, Cedara is demonstrating it along with its web PACS solution, Cedara I-Reach, showcasing a variety of clinical applications including Cedara OrthoWorks Pro-Planner, Cedara OrthoWorks Spine Analyzer, Cedara I-Response, Cedara PET/CT Workstation, IlumiView, and CalScore.

Cedara is introducing aXigate to help integrate radiology information into general healthcare workflow. aXigate is a leading-edge IT platform for OEM/VARs. Its web-based back-office architecture allows a single point of access to comprehensive clinical and diagnostic information. Using a customizable portal interface, radiology practices and imaging centers can combine diagnostic images and reports with other patient information to deliver complete diagnostic information to a broad audience. aXigate is part of Cedara’s OpenContent suite of integration tools.

For organizations interested in developing imaging applications, the Cedara OpenEyes development platform will help engineers quickly develop new solutions in an efficient and cost-effective manner. This platform includes all of the essential imaging functionality for easy integration of third-party applications and high-level viewing solutions.

Compressus (Booth #5340) is showcasing its Enterprise Systems Integration software solutions. MEDxConnect technology provides seamless connectivity and interoperability between diagnostic acquisition devices, PACS, HIS, RIS, and their related information systems. Key components of the MEDxConnect Enterprise Integration solution include the Medical Message Mediator (M3), the Virtual Worklist, and the Systems Management Dashboard.

Supporting HL7, DICOM, and other standard messages, the M3 uses the communications protocols and semantics of each participating information system to control the flow of images, reports, messages, standard patient demographics, and other important data for diagnosis