Good Samaritan Hospital picks Kodak for information management, CR

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Good Samaritan Hospital, Puyallup, Wash., has installed a suite of digital medical imaging and information management systems from Eastman Kodak Company's Health Group, includes a DIRECTVIEW PACS System 5, enterprise information management platform and DIRECTVIEW CR 850 and CR 950. The installation is part of the hospital's move to convert to a digital workflow.

The Kodak PACS has been integrated with the hospital's existing Meditech RIS and Xiotech storage archive network. By integrating these systems, clinicians can use any workstation to access patient information from both systems.

As part of the install, the hospital also installed a Kodak CARESTREAM Enterprise Information Management Solution to manage access and storage for all types of patient care and office applications.

"We wanted to go beyond implementing a standalone digital image management system for the radiology department and instead create a centralized software platform that could provide access to all of the hospital's image and information systems including PACS," said Mary Kasal, Vice President of Information Technology. "We expect Kodak's solution to save us up to $3 million in the next five years by eliminating the capital expense and maintenance costs required to support dozens of standalone information systems."