Contracts for Eclipsys, Elekta, DR Systems, NeuroLogica, Perceptive, SmartPill, Toshiba, Varian
Eclipsys Corporation announced that City of Hope, a cancer center based in Duarte, Calif., has selected Eclipsys clinical information solutions to help improve patient safety, organization, and operational efficiencies through technology. To accomplish this, City of Hope will implement Sunrise Clinical Manager and its integrated modules, including Sunrise Acute Care, Sunrise Ambulatory Care, Sunrise Critical Care, Sunrise Pharmacy, Knowledge-Based Medication Administration, Sunrise Radiology, and Knowledge-Based Charting.

Elekta received a new order from India for Leksell Gamma Knife Perfexion for non-invasive radiosurgery of brain disorders including tumors, brain metastases and functional disorders. The Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education & Research (PGIMER) in the city of Chandigarh, Punjab, a 1,400-bed multi-specialty hospital, will use the Leksell Gamma Knife to treat a large number of patients who will be able to return to normal life immediately after treatment without the risk of infection or other complications associated with open brain surgery. The delivery of the equipment is expected to be made in early 2008.

DR Systems announced five new contracts with healthcare facilities, totaling nearly $6.5 million. The five new facilities contracts include Arizona Medical Clinic of Peoria, Ariz.; Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center of San Luis Obispo, Calif.; Valley Radiology Consultants of Escondido and Poway, Calif.; Excela Health of Greensburg, Pa.; and Downey Regional Medical Center of Downey, Calif.

NeuroLogica Corp. will be providing their CereTom CT as part of the emergency response team for the Oscar De La Hoya-Floyd Mayweather, Jr. boxing match, set to happen at the MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nev., May 5. The company is also providing a certified radiologist, an RT and a technical expert to support the scanning of any fighter who may incur a potential brain injury and require a scan on demand.

The accounts payable (AP) department at Orlando Regional Healthcare has simplified invoice processing, improved document tracking and reduced the amount of time spent on manual processes by implementing ImageNow enterprise document management, imaging and workflow from Perceptive Software.

During a one-week implementation, ImageNow used patented LearnMode technology to integrate with Orlando Regional’s Lawson Financials system. Integration creates a connection between host application records and corresponding information in ImageNow, enabling users to retrieve supporting documents from their Lawson screens instantly.

The University of Kansas Medical Center Center for Gastrointestinal Nerve & Muscle Function and GI Motility announced they will be using the SmartPill GI Monitoring System. The system features the SmartPill pH.p Capsule—a computer-monitored, ingestible device featuring patented technologies that capture motility-related measurements from within the GI tract. SmartPill aids in the diagnosis of GI motility disorders, including those patients suffering from symptoms of slow gastric emptying, a condition known as gastroparesis. It provides segmented transit times and measures the motility index (muscle strength) for gastric function, as well as combined small/large bowel, and total gastrointestinal (GI) tract transit. The test can be performed in physician offices.

Toshiba America Medical Systems said that Oregon Institute of Technology has purchased 20 Toshiba Xario ultrasound systems for its new $22 million Oregon Center for Health Professions.

The medical team at the Siteman Cancer Center treated inoperable lung cancer with image-guided radiosurgery using Trilogy technology from Varian Medical Systems. This device combines a powerful medical linear accelerator that generates a focused treatment beam with high-resolution imaging technology for pinpointing the tumor to preserve surrounding healthy tissues are preserved. Unlike traditional therapy which often requires six to seven weeks of daily treatments, this stereotactic body radiotherapy treatment was delivered in three treatments.

Stereotactic body radiosurgery is made possible by the three-dimensional imaging and tumor tracking capabilities of the Trilogy system. The three-dimensional CT images generated at the time of treatment enable doctors to accurately pinpoint the targeted tumor and attack it safely with high doses of radiation without the added risk of moving the patient. Prior to the Trilogy machine, patients often had to be immobilized, scanned in one place, moved to the treatment room, and treated -- a process that took many hours and created uncertainty because tumors can shift within the body when a patient is moved from place to place.

"With our Trilogy machine I can set the patient up for treatment, generate CT images to verify the location of the tumor and make any needed positioning adjustments prior to treatment, all right there in one place," said Jeffrey Bradley, MD, associate professor of radiation oncology at Washington University School of Medicine. "The patient is on the table for less than half the time we would have needed with our earlier protocols, before we had the Trilogy machine."