Health IT Merges Clinical Insight, Better Workflow

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Health IT vendors are helping to answer the call that healthcare facilities must work smarter. At RSNA 2007, vendors are showing increased functionality in their software, tools that improve workflow efficiency and offerings that assist with everything from scheduling to billing to electronic signature and reporting. Scalable solutions, improved networking capability, tighter integration and workstations that offer “one-stop shopping” are sharing the showtime limelight.


Advantech (Booth 3151) is showcasing its ARK-1000 series of compact, embedded computers. These small, powerful all-in-one fanless systems are designed for rugged and space-critical applications in automation control and wireless gateway applications. A solid sealed aluminum case provides vibration and water resistance, and also functions as a passive cooling solution.

The ARK-1000 series feature AMD Geode to Intel Core Duo processors, along with flexible storage and connectivity, from multiple gigabit Ethernet and COM ports to wireless connectivity and highly capable graphics sub-systems—all with flexible I/O configurations and long life product support. The ARK-1000 systems can be mounted inside machinery or other equipment. They also can be standalone, wall-mounted, DIN-rail mounted or VESA mounted. The series accepts a wide range of power supplies (DC power in) and comes in a footprint of only 7.44-by-1.61-by-5.37 inches.

The ARK-1370 offers four USB 2.0, one LVDS, one LAN port and two COM ports in a small, rugged unit powered by an AMD Geode processor. Wireless connectivity can be added via the PC card slot for PCMCIA or CardBus cards. It also supports a wide range of input voltages from 9 V DC to 35 V DC. The ARK-1370 Compact Embedded Computer is equipped with a solid state onboard CF card of up to 4 GB, so it easily passes 50 and 5 Grms shock and vibration tests.

Advantech is demonstrating its first network video solution, the DVG-1100, a single channel, full motion MPEG4 video server. Powered by a hardware MPEG4 encoder and a RISC processor, the DVG-1100 provides excellent video quality and stable performance. With mature development on the network infrastructure and more devices connected to the IP network, the DVG-1100 provides gateway functions to convert analog video signals to digital video streams over the IP network. These functions greatly expand the application range of the server into diverse vertical markets, making it quite simple to integrate video into networks with management applications.

Agfa HealthCare (Booth 4106) is demonstrating its ORBIS Clinical Information System (CIS). ORBIS Live is the heart of the ORBIS application architecture, and offers hospitals and healthcare facilities a broad platform for the industry-specific process structure of institutions. ORBIS Live is the foundation for any facility's electronic medical record and encompasses administrative processes including admission/transfer/discharge, order entry, results reporting, document management, and general and administrative admissions.

Orbis Care offers a complete Clinician Charting and Documentation module, aimed at optimally supporting the documentation requirements within the nursing departments.

Amicas (Booth 2853) is launching a new version of Vision Series RIS that introduces advanced work queues to optimize order entry and scheduling workflows, and advances in native HL7 integration capabilities, and advances in scalability for complex practices.

Insight Dashboards is a web-based business intelligence platform that provides access to customized, near real-time, easy-to-read graphical data for key performance metrics and indicators, including clinical and operational factors. Users can set customizable active alerts to notify users of reported data changes as they occur.

Amicas is displaying Vision Series Document Management, an enterprise document management solution providing electronic capture, storage, and management of every document in an ambulatory radiology business. Vision Series Document Management allows for retrieval, revisions, annotations, and distribution of documents on demand throughout the enterprise.

Vision Series Financials is a Windows-based system designed to automate revenue cycle management for radiology groups, imaging centers, multi-specialty practices, and billing services. With advanced automation tools such as document imaging and optical character recognition, Vision Series Financials is designed to automate the timely