Contracts: DR Systems, Fujifilm, InSite One, Neurognostics, SmartPill
Fujifilm Medical Systems USA announced that Novation LLC, the healthcare contracting services company of VHA Inc. and the University HealthSystem Consortium (UHC), has renewed its contract with Fujifilm for its Synapse PACS.  The deal begins May 1 and ends April 30, 2010, with a one-year extension option. The contract provides that Novation’s alliance members have access to savings on Fujifilm’s leading PACS technology. In addition to this PACS contract, Fujifilm has agreements with Novation to provide the company’s CR and DR digital x-ray systems, and film and imager products. 

InSite One Inc. has signed a contract with Downey Regional Medical Center of Downey, Calif., for its InDex workflow solutions. The 199-bed, non-profit community teaching hospital will use the  InSite One system for its single archiving strategy for long-term archiving across the clinical enterprise, incorporating radiology and cardiology studies. This architecture will allow for sharing of information and a faster return-to-operation with continuous access to the archived data by any DICOM system or workstation. This contract was made through InSite One’s sales agreement with DR Systems.

Neurognostics recently installed its MindState Functional MR Imaging (fMRI) suite of products and services at Waukesha Memorial Hospital in Wisconsin. fMRI gives Waukesha Memorial Hospital the capability of mapping important brain functions prior to operating on patients with brain tumors and epilepsy.

The Center for Advanced GI of Maitland, Fla. is offering the SmartPill GI Monitoring System to patients with suspected motility disorders. SmartPill can be used to aid in the evaluation of gastrointestinal motility disorders, including those patients suffering from symptoms of slow gastric emptying, a condition known as gastroparesis. Symptoms of gastroparesis include heartburn, nausea, vomiting of undigested food, abdominal bloating, erratic blood glucose levels and spasms of the stomach wall. A complement to endoscopy, the SmartPill pH.p Capsule has the potential to replace gastric emptying scintigraphy.