Partnerships & Alliances: Consorta and Kodak; VA and IBM; IDC and Toshiba; Radlink and Ado-Med
Consorta, a healthcare group purchasing organization, extended two contracts with Eastman Kodak that will make KODAK digital imaging products available to 2,400-plus Consorta members through August 2009. Under one contract, Consorta members will be able to purchase KODAK computed radiography (CR) and digital radiography (DR) medical imaging systems. Under the second agreement, members will be able to purchase KODAK laser imaging systems, medical x-ray films, and mammography films. The products include KODAK DIRECTVIEW CR 500, CR 850 and CR 975 systems, as well as KODAK DIRECTVIEW DR 3000, DR 7500, and DR 9000 systems; and KODAK DRYVIEW Laser Imaging Systems, laser film, and services.

Veterans Affairs (VA) selected IBM to help transform its IT organization. IBM will help create a more standardized, interoperable, and secure IT environment to serve veterans. The project will encompass all of VA’s major business units, including the Veterans Health Administration, Veterans Benefits Administration, and National Cemetery Administration. The contract is valued at approximately $16 million and extends through 2008.

Imaging Dynamics inked a national distribution agreement with Toshiba Canada to distribute the IDC Direct Digital X-Ray product line.

Radlink extended its partnership with Ado-Med, a medical services company based in Poland. Through the deal, Ado-Med will serve as the exclusive distributor for Radlink products in the European Union, Russia, and the Ukraine. Ado-Med will also establish a European service center for Radlink’s CR Pro machine, which utilizes sealed fiber-optic laser technology (patent pending) to deliver high-resolution, diagnostic-quality images.