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American College of Cardiology
Annual Meeting • Mar. 29 - Apr. 1 • Chicago

Nearly 30,000 attendees will descend on the Windy City this month for the 57th Annual American College of Cardiology Annual Scientific Sessions and Exposition. “This is THE gathering place for cardiovascular professionals, no matter their specialty,” said ACC President James T. Dove, MD. He added that the push for healthcare reform amid calls for cost effectiveness and quality reporting are a unifying influence of this year’s meeting.

What follows is an overview of vendor products to be showcased at the meeting. Look for an emphasis on cardiovascular information systems, along with diagnostic imaging modalities, that offer enhanced workflow, better patient management, and improved outcomes.

  Agfa HealthCare’s Impax CV

Agfa HealthCare (Booth 18001) is showcasing Impax CV, a vendor-neutral, patient-centric approach to the access and management of diagnostic images and information. Impax CV, which presents and analyzes cardiac catheterization, echocardiography, non-invasive vascular ultrasound, nuclear cardiology and cardiac CT images and ECG data to create a single, integrated cardiovascular information solution with tightly integrated structured results management.

Digirad (Booth 6076) is demonstrating its work-in-progress, Cardius X-ACT, a SPECT system. It uses the Cardius-3 XPO camera’s solid-state detectors with an x-ray tube. The X-ACT attenuation correction approach exploits the high-count rate capabilities of solid-state detectors and takes advantage of the full 24-inch-wide triple-head detector geometry to eliminate truncation.

  Digisonics DigiNet Pro

Digisonics (Booth 9029) is showcasing the DigiView Image Management & Reporting System that combines image review workstations, a PACS image archive, a clinical database, comprehensive measurements and calculations package and configurable reporting. DigiNet Pro provides web-based access to the cardiovascular image management and reporting system. WebView secures online viewing and the Digisonics Rolodex automates transmission of finalized reports. 

eHealth Global Technologies (Booth 11056) is introducing medical record management services. eHealthConnect replaces ad hoc data collection with a systematic method; eHealthShare provides patient data from community-based hospitals and clinics to the referring physician; and eHealthLoader helps organizations transition to digital.

Emageon (Booth 6119)  is spotlighting its HeartSuite offering, a comprehensive suite of adult and pediatric cardiovascular tools offering cardiovascular information management, hemodynamic monitoring, advanced visualization and content management to improve staff productivity, automate complex medical imaging workflow, lower total cost of ownership and provide better service to physicians and patients.  And introducing its new integrated Web reporting.

  GE Healthcare’s Vivid S5

GE Healthcare (Booth 3075) is exhibiting a variety of cardiac imaging and IT capabilities, including the Vivid S5, the Vivid S6 and the Vivid 7 Dimension ’08 that adds Ultra-definition Technology. The Vivid e adds a fully integrated, three-connector, docking cart. It also expands GE’s compact product line by offering a complete cardiac feature set with additional transducers and adding stress echo for 2008.

In cardiac CT, the LightSpeed VCT with SnapShot Pulse offers improved dose reduction results for diagnostic cardiac and neuro perfusion CT exams. In IT, GE is featuring the redesigned Centricity Cardiology suite that lets MacLab Administrator, Centricity Cardiology Lab Manager and Centricity CVIS work together to ensure accuracy and optimize clinical workflow.

Marine Polymer Technologies (Booth 20095) is showcasing its line of Syvek hemostasis products—Syvek Classic, Syvek SP, Syvek NT, Excel, MRDH. Syvek Excel is intended for use following femoral vascular catheterization procedures and the Syvek NT is for use in the local management of bleeding wounds such as vascular access sites.

McKesson (Booth 10012) is highlighting its Horizon Cardiology, a complete cardiovascular information solution (CVIS) that includes fully integrated hemodynamic monitoring and ECG management. Built on a singular platform, Horizon Cardiology integrates reports, images, waveforms and measurements into a central cardiac patient file.

NextGen Healthcare Information Systems (Booth 9035) is