Carestream to expand PACS in Germany

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Carestream Health Deutschland has signed an agreement with Dr. Hancken Clinics to expand its PACS solution to the practice based at the Elbeklinikum Clinic in Buxtehude, Germany, and to install a long-term central archive for all four group locations in the country at Cuxhaven, Stade, Buxtehude and Bremervörde.

Carestream Health is working with EWETEL, a regional telecommunications service provider who is providing the fast data lines as well as the central Carestream PACS, to facilitate the install.

Carestream says that with centralized data, the requirement for separate, expensive data storage and back-up is minimized as patient images are always available to the referring physician irregardless of location. Duplicate x-rays are also minimized, which the company said is a major step towards radiation hygiene, as required under German x-ray regulations.