McKesson unveils medical imaging reference site
McKesson unveiled, a medical imaging reference site, during the 2008 Society of Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM) meeting in Seattle. The website debut came as a result of the company’s purchase of Vivalog, which was announced during the show.

The web-based tool allows radiologists, cardiologists and other imaging specialists to organize and share image and reference case information, George Kovacs, senior marketing manager at McKesson, told Health Imaging News.

“It provides a knowledge base of reference cases for teaching purposes, particularly important for academic institutions,” Kovacs said.

The portfolio extends current hospital imaging and information management systems with reference case management and clinical conferencing capabilities that result in rich, multimedia knowledge repositories to assist in diagnostics, as well as research and training, according to the company.

Without, a physician has to undergo “a whole series of administrative tasks, in order to add a particular existing clinical case and then apply it to their reference library,” he added.

“Radiologists and cardiologists spend considerable time every day manually preparing and searching for documented reference cases for clinical rounds, conferences, training and research projects, using inadequate tools,” said Joe Biegel, vice president, product management, McKesson’s medical imaging group.

“Arranging this library online became an annoying task to physicians, which we believe this solution solves,” Kovacs said.

“With this solution, imaging specialists will be able to spend fewer hours each week preparing for rounds and conferences, freeing up more time for patient care and revenue-generating activities,” Biegel said.

In addition to organizing a physician’s personal clinical cases, “the tool also allows you to search for cases on the internet, and collect a large library that people within the network can contribute to,” Kovacs noted. “Yet, it’s not an open-source system, where the information is left open.”

The second packaging of the product, MyPACS Enterprise, allows “large academic facilities, who place tremendous value on the reference libraries, to consider it part of their intellectual property. This solution can be customized for the needs of the specific institution, as well as automate their clinical conferences,” according to McKesson.

Kovacs added that even small hospitals can benefit from the solution because it can be tailored to the needs of medical facilities of any size.