Orthocrat makes market launch of OrthoFlow
Orthopedic application developer Orthocrat introduced OrthoFlow, an orthopedic digital image management and workflow application, at the 2008 Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM) conference in Seattle.

The tool enables orthopedic surgeons to distribute their patients’ digital images to clinic rooms in less time and with less administrative overhead, according to the Petach-Tikva, Israel-based firm. The application is integrated with a PACS and utilizes wireless ID technology to ensure patient data privacy.

The company said that an orthopedic physician first logs in at a diagnostic workstation to upload and review digital images; these are then sent by the clinician to a specific patient examination room. Once the doctor enters the examination room, the selected digital images are pulled up on the screen with the swipe of an HID proximity card reader connected to the computer.  This eliminates the need to log into the PACS again and repeat the search for data, Orthocrat said.

The embedded HID reader locks the computer screen while patients wait in the examination room, ensuring that no one except the clinician can unlock the screen and view the file. The company said that it estimates the OrthoFlow system can save up to 2 to 3 minutes per patient encounter, leading to a potential 10 percent increase in time available for other consultations, according to the company.