AT&T taps Calgary Scientific for mobile imaging

By Brian Dolan

Calgary Scientific ResolutionMDAT&T has inked a deal with Calgary Scientific to make the imaging vendor's FDA-cleared ResolutionMD app available to customers of AT&T's medical imaging offering. The ResolutionMD mobile component should be available to AT&T medical imaging users sometime during the first half of next year. The FDA cleared the app in late September 2011.

ResolutionMD bills itself as a secure, cloud-based, mobile diagnostic viewer that extends desktop-based medical image diagnosis t0 tablets and smartphones.

This AT&T deal is not the first mobile operator to announce a deal with Calgary Scientific. Last year Sprint announced plans to support ResolutionMD on Sprint's HTC EVO 4G devices.

More than a year ago and before its app had FDA clearance, Calgary Scientific announced plans to offer Resolution MD through Sprint to provide the app to physicians who own the HTC EVO 4G.. The HTC EVO 4G, which launched in June 2010, was the first phone Sprint has offered for its new “4G” network. Calgary Scientific had also partnered with Siemens, Viatronix and Sentinelle Medical to distribute Resolution MD as of last September.

“One of the largest concerns is that data stored on laptops or hand-held devices could be easily copied, putting security and patient confidentiality at risk. PureWeb, the underlying technology, uses advanced architecture that doesn’t require image data or confidential patient information to be transferred to the hand-held device. Patient or DICOM data is never removed from the on-site premises; it remains “in the cloud.” If an HTC EVO 4G or hand-held device is lost or stolen, the patient records and data remain safe,” Sprint and Calgary Scientific explained in a press release last September.

"Demand for access to current and prior patient images along with radiology reports is growing at a very high rate," Randy Rountree, executive vice president of Global Sales & Marketing for Calgary Scientific, stated in the AT&T press release. "This requirement for image information is seen across the healthcare enterprise, in remote locations and must be available to clinicians 24 hours a day."

More on the AT&T - Calgary Scientific deal in the press release below:

AT&T Teams with Calgary Scientific to Offer FDA-Cleared Mobile Diagnostic Viewer of Medical Images

DALLAS, Nov. 22, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- When there is a medical emergency, the last thing patients need is for their doctor to be on call and unable to access and view their medical images. In the near future, healthcare providers will be able to access and view medical images stored remotely — from a CT to an MRI — and diagnose patients in near real-time from virtually anywhere via their compatible mobile devices.

AT&T* is teaming with Calgary Scientific Inc. to offer ResolutionMD™ as an addition to the AT&T Medical Imaging and Information Management solution. When this option is made available, physicians will be able to quickly access, view and interact with patient images and reports stored within any healthcare facility, utilizing AT&T Medical Imaging and Information Management and render a clinical diagnosis from virtually anywhere. ResolutionMD, a U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) cleared mobile diagnostic viewer, is a highly-secure, cloud-based application that extends medical image diagnosis from the confines of a desktop to a provider's tablet or smartphone. AT&T plans to make ResolutionMD available to its AT&T Medical Imaging and Information Management customers in the first half of 2012.

"We're using the power of our network-based cloud to improve patient care – bringing patients' medical images rapidly to clinicians' smartphones or tablets so they can make a timely diagnosis," said Randall Porter, assistant vice president, AT&T ForHealth.

"Demand for access to current and prior patient images along with radiology reports is growing at a very high rate," says Randy Rountree, executive vice president of Global Sales & Marketing for Calgary Scientific, Inc. "This requirement for image information is seen across the healthcare enterprise, in remote locations and must be available to clinicians 24 hours a day. Our work with AT&T ensures that this vital information is always accessible in a highly-secure manner and includes many of the diagnostic analysis tools needed by physicians to assess and rapidly diagnose a patient's condition."

Key Facts

Calgary Scientific Inc. has received clearance from the FDA to market its industry-leading medical imaging application, ResolutionMD Mobile, as a mobile diagnostic application, in the U.S. A web-based version of the application, ResolutionMD Web has previously received this distinctive clearance and is included in this solution.

AT&T plans to make ResolutionMD available as an option to AT&T Medical Imaging and Information Management — a vendor-neutral, cloud-based service that provides access, viewing, storage and sharing of medical images from disparate picture archive communications systems (PACS) on an as needed, pay-as-you-go model for image storage.

AT&T and Calgary Scientific Inc. are teaming to help providers store, access, view and share patient medical images and information inside hospital systems and outside with referring physicians and other authorized facilities over a highly-secure infrastructure.

Healthcare providers can see a demonstration of the solution at booth #1015 at RSNA 2011 in Chicago from Nov. 27- Dec. 3, 2011.

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