Carestream Health signs Scottish access agreement
Carestream Health announced the signing of an access agreement for its PACS and information management solutions (IMS) with the Lothian Health Board in Scotland, as part of its contract with National Services Scotland (NSS), the procurement body for National Health Service (NHS) Scotland, for the national PACS project.

NSS awarded the prime contract for the National PACS Project in December 2005 for Carestream PACS and IMS to be installed at 39 hospitals within Scotland’s 15 Health Boards and connect to a further 67 satellite centers with X-ray departments.

As the PACS roll-out progresses, each Health Board is required to sign an access agreement both to requisition the agreed bundles of hardware assigned to each hospital in the Board and to gain access rights to the national software license to cover the required functionality. The equipment is delivered as standard bundles already pre-configured with PACS and designed around the workload volume of each hospital, based on the number of annual exams, according to Carestream Health.

Carestream Health, an independent company, has licensed the Kodak brand for use with its own brands -- such as Carestream, DirectView and DryView — across its portfolio of medical imaging and healthcare IT products, the company said.