Amicas eyes PACS replacement, new installs as part of market push
The first quarter 2005 closed with AMICAS announcing continued penetration of the ambulatory care market, the obtaining of several large MEDITECH accounts and community hospitals, as well as seen a rise of requests for replacement of legacy PACS (picture archiving and communications system) a potential new market.

Affinity Health System, one of Wisconsin's largest health systems and a subsidiary of Ministry Health Care, will install the Amicas Vision Series PACS for three of its hospitals and 17 clinics. Affinity is one of the largest MEDITECH PCI (Patient Care Inquiry) installations in the U.S.  Ministry Health is a network of hospitals, clinics and other healthcare organizations which operates throughout Wisconsin and eastern Minnesota. The network has a total of 1,104 beds and performs over 350,000 annual radiological studies, Amicas said.

The Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore, Md., will replace its existing PACS with Vision Series PACA to serve its 160,000 study/year enterprise. Also, Mercy Hospital Center uses MEDITECH HCIS (Health Care Information System) for information technology (IT) operations to manage its 211-bed facility.

Amicas is replacing a modality-based PACS and teleradiology system at 87-bed Bozeman Deaconess in Bozeman, Mont., with Vision Series PACS. Additionally, using MEDITECH PCI, Bozeman Deaconess will provide enterprise access to images and reports.