Contracts for Agfa Healthcare, CareTech, Eclipsys, Elekta, EnovateIT, EqualLogic, McKesson, NovaRad

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CareTech Solutions has completed the implementation of a campus-wide wireless local area network (LAN) in southeast Michigan’s Garden City Hospital (GCH). Completed in December 2006, GCH’s new wireless LAN will make Internet access available to patients and visitors located in patient rooms and common areas within the hospital’s campus, and will allow the hospital’s doctors and patient care providers secure, remote access to critical patient information, such as clinical protocols, patient care plans and laboratory test results. 

Eclipsys Corporation said that the Calgary Health Region, Alberta, Canada has successfully activated the company’s Sunrise Clinical Manager at all of its adult care facilities. The facilities serve more than 1.2 million people living in Calgary and the surrounding areas.

EqualLogic, a provider of enterprise-class iSCSI storage area network (SAN) systems, today announced that Agfa HealthCare has certified EqualLogic’s PS Series storage arrays to support Agfa’s IMPAX RIS/PACS. Thomas Memorial Hospital in South Charleston, W.Va., is deploying the EqualLogic storage system to meet requirements for 27 terabytes of online storage and a disaster recovery site to support its advanced set of medical imaging services. These imaging services range from radiology, bone density, digital mammography with computer aided detection, nuclear medicine, ultrasound, MRI and CT scan.

Elekta announced an order from Landeskrankenhaus Feldkirch, Austria that includes two Elekta Synergy, advanced treatment systems for intensity modulated and image-guided radiation therapy (IMRT & IGRT). The order also includes MOSAIQ, the comprehensive oncology information management software suit from Elekta-owned IMPAC Medical Systems. The total contract is valued at more than $10.3 million (USD) and includes a service contract spanning over the equipment’s entire expected lifetime. The radiation oncology department at Landeskrankenhaus Feldkirch offers high-level radiation therapy for about 1,000 patients annually. With the installation of the two new Elekta Synergy systems equipped with integrated high-resolution 3D X-ray volume imaging capability for IGRT along with advanced IMRT, the radiation oncology department in Feldkirch will be able to offer these new and innovative methods for irradiating tumors with higher precision and accuracy. The initial order was booked by Elekta last month, and the installation will begin near the end of 2007.

Mobile computing system provider EnovateIT announced that Los Angeles-based HealthCare Partners Medical Group has deployed a new wall mount computer solution to complement its upgraded electronic health record system. EnovateIT’s wall mount solution consists of PC blades mounted on the wall in each exam room with an extendable and height adjustable PC arm.

By automating the patient information collection process with electronic health record software in each exam room, HealthCare Partners was able to increase data efficiency and accuracy, secure sensitive patient information, allow for a more personal interaction between clinician and patient, and free up valuable work space in their exam rooms.

“Our purpose in designing and consulting with HealthCare Partners on this project was to help their clinicians work smarter by facilitating real-time data entry, therefore improving efficiency and accuracy, and allowing clinicians to spend more time with their patients,” said Linda Novotny, regional sales manager, EnovateIT.

The PC blade solution provides security for sensitive patient information, a paramount concern to HealthCare Partners, which operates numerous outpatient care centers throughout the greater Los Angeles area. Each exam room is outfitted with a thin client device with no hard drive. The thin client routes data back to a PC rack equipped with PC blades. This rack can exist offsite in a secure location, greatly decreasing the possibility of theft or loss of sensitive patient information.

McKesson Corp. today announced that it has signed a $15 million technology and automation agreement with General Health System (GHS) of Baton Rouge, La. GHS will deploy a wide range of systems designed to support nurses, physicians, pharmacists and other members of the care team in the delivery of safe, effective care at Baton Rouge General Medical Center (BRGMC) and surrounding ambulatory care settings. BRGMC is the only community-owned, full-service hospital serving the capital city's