NoMoreClipboard has announced a new partnership with Volunteers in Medicine of Monroe County, a free medical clinic in Indiana for adults without health insurance. The partnership will make personal health records available to VIM patients, giving them online access to electronic health information. Earlier this year, VIM was awarded grant funding from the Indiana Department of Health to provide a personal health record to patients with diabetes. VIM personnel will help patients create and populate a PHR account, which will help them manage diabetes online or via mobile phone. Patients with diabetes will maintain electronic diaries of weight, blood glucose and blood pressure levels, and will be able to share information electronically with clinic personnel. The PHR will help VIM communicate with patients to manage reminders and alerts and maintain compliance.
Viztek announced the release of PikoPACS, a brand new PACS product, at no cost. The new offering is a member of the Opal-RAD PACS family, and uses the same intuitive viewer. PikoPACS is being released as a free download, available to the public from Viztek’s website (www.viztek.net). The product is intended for small clinics and anyone else looking for a single or multi-user PACS. Functionalities the PikoPACS boasts are unlimited DICOM Receive, Send, and Print nodes, in addition to Patient CD Burn and even importing of outside CDs. The product stems from the robust Opal-RAD PACS and will offer several paid-for upgrade options applicable to medium-sized facilities.
iSirona announced that United Regional Health Care System has signed an enterprise license agreement to implement iSirona's device connectivity solution. Located in Wichita Falls, Texas, United Regional is a full-service hospital serving a nine-county area in North Texas. United Regional is committed to investing in information technologies, such as iSirona, to enhance the quality and safety of patient care.
iSirona provides a software-based solution that enables hospitals to integrate patient data from virtually any medical device into the electronic medical record. United Regional will be leveraging that technology to deliver patient data from a variety of devices into its AllScripts clinical information system.
athenahealth announced an agreement with the Maine Medical Center Physician-Hospital Organization (MMC PHO), a not-for-profit partnership of the MMC and the Community Physicians of Maine. The MMC PHO supports more than 1,000 CPM physician members. The goal of the agreement is to support the implementation of innovative health IT solutions that will help physicians focus on delivering quality care to their patients while reducing administrative cost. Through the partnership, MMC PHO will introduce their members to athenaCollector, athenahealth’s practice management and medical billing offering, and athenaClinicals, its EHR offering.
McKesson announced that Lakewood Health System, a 25-bed critical access hospital in Staples, Minn., recently selected its top-rated Paragon hospital information system to replace its longstanding information technology system. With its integrated clinical and financial database, Paragon is a contemporary solution designed to meet the needs of hospitals of various sizes, including critical access hospitals. Built on a Microsoft Windows-based platform, it provides an electronic health record that serves as the foundation of the solution suite. With its single database, Paragon requires minimal hardware and fewer IT resources to support the system.
Cognex Corporation announced a new version of In-Sight Explorer 4.5 expanding the capabilities of In-Sight vision systems and giving In-Sight the most advanced inspection tools available today. In-Sight Explorer 4.5 inspection tools now include an all-in-one edge and surface inspection tool, an all-in-one bead width and position tool, and a robust ID tool that reads multiple codes at one time, allowing In-Sight cameras to read barcodes and provide inspections simultaneously. The new Flexible Flaw Detection (FFD) edge and surface inspection tool works for both color and grayscale applications and is used to inspect for boundary defects, such as conformity of shape, and surface defects like stains and scratches. FFD can also be used for print inspections, like inspecting screened logos for defects.
BRIT Systems announced a marketing partnership that will enable radiologists who use BRIT Systems’ UrgentWorks Critical Results Test Management solution to apply for malpractice insurance discounts from their insurance carrier. SaferMD is an independent and neutral third-party auditor that monitors the UrgentWorks communication system and reports the providers’ use back to the insurance carrier. This auditing process can also provide liability discounts to doctors and hospitals when they demonstrate effective use of the product.
Navicure announced that it has achieved full re-accreditation with the Healthcare Network Accreditation Program (HNAP) from the Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission (EHNAC). EHNAC’s HNAP accreditation recognizes excellence in health data processing and transactions and ensures compliance with industry-established standards and HIPAA regulations. Navicure has been an EHNAC accredited clearinghouse since 2007, but organizations must apply for re-accreditation every two years. The company once again finished with a score of 99 out of a possible 100. Additionally, Navicure announced it met the requirements for EHNAC’s 5010 Readiness Assessment Program by exercising due diligence in preparing for the implementation of HIPAA Version 5010.
FUJIFILM Medical Systems U.S.A. announced the commercial availability of Synapse Mobility, a zero footprint application that enables access to Fujifilm’s suite of Synapse products from hand-held mobile devices, as well as Macintosh- or Windows-based PCs. Using the Web browser of their choice, radiologists and referring physicians can now have on-the-go access to the images and information stored in Synapse PACS and Synapse RIS, increasing accessibility to patient information and improving workflow.
Quantia has partnered with diabetes educator Gary Scheiner to create an innovative mobile exercise application called DailyCoach on its QuantiaCare platform. DailyCoach, available on the iPhone, Android, smartphones, tablets and the Web, is a free app that provides coaching on simple and fun ways for patients to increase activity levels. The application was created in response to a 1,000-patient study, conducted with participating members on QuantiaCare, which found that half of the respondents felt that exercise and weight loss were the most difficult issues in managing diabetes.
CareCloud announced that it has nearly tripled its employee count in just one year, growing from 27 employees last August to 80 employees today. The company plans to hire approximately 30 more employees by the end of the year in Sales and Marketing, Software Development, Operations, and Customer Service.
Omnicell announced that the University of Chicago Medical Center will implement a decentralized drug dispensing model using Omnicell solutions. The installation will include Omnicell Inventory Management Carousels with WorkflowRx software for comprehensive medication inventory management, as well as Omnicell automated dispensing systems to help streamline pharmacy and nursing workflow efficiency. The 532-bed UCMC is rapidly growing to better serve patients, and will open its newest hospital pavilion in 2013. The expansion will feature the introduction of the new Omnicell G4 platform into nursing units throughout the Medical Center.
RaySearch Laboratories AB has received an order for its RayStation treatment planning system from Advanced Radiation Oncology Services (Advanced ROS) in Nyack, New York. Advanced ROS will use RayStation as its treatment planning system for conventional 3D-CRT treatments, as well as more advanced treatments, such as IMRT. The order also includes advanced tools enabling a more efficient treatment planning process, such as Multi-Criteria optimization. Advanced ROS will begin the implementation in late August with plans of being clinical in early September.
Carestream Health has launched an enhanced version of its popular KODAK MIN-R 2000 Film for mammography that delivers image quality enhancements along with improved processing stability and reduced processing artifacts. The new MIN-R 2000 Plus Film is being launched worldwide and is available for order in many countries including the United States and Canada. The new mammography film offers advantages for MIN-R 2000 customers including: higher-D-max and mid-scale contrast; ooler, bluer image tone favored by radiologists and mammographers; reduced handling and processing artifacts; and greater stability and less sensitivity to processing variables.