Contracts: Agfa HealthCare, athenahealth, GE, IDC, McKesson, Orthocrat, Siemens, VirtuRad

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Ohio Gastroenterology Group, one of the region’s largest gastroenterology medical groups has gone live on athenahealth’s on-demand practice management service to improve the operational workflow and financial performance of their three locations throughout Columbus. Ohio Gastroenterology recently switched from a legacy software-based practice management system and will now use athenahealth’s billing and practice management service, athenaCollector , to streamline administrative and financial operations through measurable and consistent results.

As part of a substantial Agfa HealthCare PACS / RIS contract, Orthocrat’s TraumaCad surgical planning software is being installed into a 40-site installation for England’s Nuffield Hospitals. TraumaCad is an orthopaedic surgical planning and templating system that enables precise manipulation of soft-copy medical images, incorporating visualisation of fixation and prosthetic systems. It complements and works with the PACS, RIS CR, and Initiate MPI (Master Patient Index) systems that Agfa and its partners will install for Nuffield Hospitals.

GE Healthcare has shipped its 100th Signa HDe 1.5T MR scanner a year after the system was introduced. The system shipped to SSM St. Joseph Hospital West, Lake Saint Louis, Mo. Signa HDe 1.5T provides lower operating costs and a small footprint, making onsite 1.5T MR services available to physicians’ offices and imaging centers previously unable to provide onsite 1.5T MR services, the company said.

Oxford HealthCare, a homecare provider in southwest Missouri, recently selected McKesson's Horizon Homecare advanced clinical solution to replace the organization's existing homecare documentation system. Oxford will deploy the integrated, point-of-care and administrative application to improve the workflow and care processes of more than 1,325 employees.

Imaging Dynamics Company announced installation of an advanced dual detector Xplorer 2200 digital radiography (DR) system at Santa Monica Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Group in Santa Monica, Calif. as part of a comprehensive digital imaging network provided by IDC partner VirtuRad. The IDC/VirtuRad system was implemented in a new, orthopaedic facility on Santa Monica Boulevard immediately adjacent to St. John's Hospital Medical Center. The automated IDC digital X-Ray system is designed to provide improved image quality with much shorter procedure times, and the VirtuRad network delivers these images immediately to the clinical treatment area.

Siemens Medical Solutions and the Touro Infirmary of New Orleans have signed a strategic agreement through which Siemens will provide the Touro Infirmary with a long-term IT managed services. The technologies utilized for the management of Touro's complete IT operations includes the implementation of the Siemens Med Administration Check system.