Today’s EHR and HIT News includes a ‘go live’ announcement from iSirona as well as news from DMH International who has announced the selection of beta partners for their medical imaging software, TouchPACS. There was also vendor section news from Surgical Information Systems. [Read more…]
Most healthcare providers are in the early stages of forming an enterprise imaging strategy, which will enable getting the right image to the right place at the right time, according to a new KLAS study, Enterprise Imaging 2012: Provider’s Strategies and Insights. Although providers feel that no single vendor can deliver all of the pieces needed for their enterprise imaging strategy, most are considering one of two main approaches: a vendor-neutral archive (VNA) centric approach or a PACS enterprise archive solution.
GE and Philips are the vendors mentioned most often overall in the study as strategic enterprise imaging partners. All interviewed GE and Philips customers consider [Read more…]
Medstreaming’s Medical Office EMR has received Complete EHR Ambulatory certification, validating the EMR software and enabling providers to demonstrate stage 1 meaningful use and qualify for funding under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). Tested and certified under the Drummond Group’s Electronic Health Records Office of the National Coordinator Authorized Testing and Certification Body (ONC-ATCB) program, Medstreaming’s EMR software is stage 1-compliant for 2011/2012, in accordance with the criteria adopted by the Secretary of Health and Human Services.
“We are very proud that healthcare providers can now leverage our cloud-based Medical Office Suite to demonstrate stage 1 meaningful use and address the problems associated with medical data fragmentation between PACS and EMR systems,” said Wael Elseaidy, Medstreaming CEO.
Medstreaming, a leading provider of medical IT solutions, recently introduced the Medical Office EMR at the Healthcare Informatics and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) annual conference. The FDA-cleared software, now fully certified for stage 1 meaningful use, is one of the first and only integrated PACS (picture archiving and communications system) and EMR systems that provides a single backend cloud database architecture.
“We are very impressed with the comprehensive nature of Medstreaming’s EMR package and how it integrates seamlessly into our network,” said Shawn Foley, CEO of Nevada Heart and Vascular. “By working directly on a single integrated EMR and PACS database, the technology allows much wider integration of all patient data which supports a more robust continuum of patient care. The support from Medstreaming has been excellent as well and we look forward to our ongoing partnership.” [Read more…]
Mach 7 Technologies (M7T), a global provider of PACS vendor neutral medical image management solutions, has announced the introduction of Keystone Suite v11.
Keystone Suite is a world class Enterprise Imaging Platform (EIP) that empowers customers to OWN, SHARE and ACCESS their medical image data. The Keystone Suite EIP works in harmony with existing departmental PACS, modalities, and post-processing workstations. Keystone Suite enhances medical imaging workflow, while empowering the customer to resolve imaging workflow challenges, perform sophisticated imaging workflow improvements not achievable with most PACS, and save money when making new PACS investment decisions.
The core components of the Keystone Suite EIP include:
- Keystone Engine – A flexible, fast, scalable imaging workflow engine that dramatically improves medical imaging workflow based on customer defined instructions.
- Keystone Archive – A world class, scalable, hardware agnostic, PACS vendor neutral medical image archive.
- Keystone Clinical Viewer – A multi-specialty web viewer that easily integrates with upstream EHR systems enabling a single access point for viewing all imaging studies related to a patient.
- Keystone Utilities – Accessory desktop applications that improve workflow and productivity for healthcare imaging IT and clinical professionals.
Keystone Suite v11 empowers customers with the following new and enhanced capabilities:
- Prefetch across multiple disparate PACS archives with the Keystone prefetch engine
- Proactively monitor enterprise imaging traffic with Keystone system alerts
- Export image data based on immediate demands or when scheduling future PACS replacements with the Keystone Archive Utility
- Scale to meet your growing imaging requirements with Keystone “Cluster Aware”, providing a sophisticated solution to balancing processing load across clustered nodes
- Segment your archive for flexibility in storing and accessing imaging studies across organizations and in support of teaching and research needs
- Monitor and audit you enterprise imaging transactions with the Keystone Management Studio
- Mine clinical and business intelligence with the Keystone reporting module
- Enhance routing and processing capabilities while minimizing overhead with Keystone image level control
- Extend image processing capabilities to meet custom requirements with the Keystone plug-in framework
Symantec Corp. today announced the successful compatibility testing between Symantec Health, a cloud-based medical image archiving solution, and Siemens Healthcare’s picture archiving and communication system (PACS) solutions. The Siemens SYNGO Connectivity Competence Center (CCC), in collaboration with Symantec, conducted connectivity tests between Symantec Health and several Siemens imaging IT applications – syngo.plaza and syngo Imaging for Radiology, and syngo Dynamics for Cardiology. Symantec is the first DICOM archive – a standard for handling, storing, printing and transmitting information in medical imaging – to complete validation testing with Siemens’ new syngo.plaza agile PACS solution where 2D, 3D and 4D reading come together in one place.
Symantec Health helps lower storage costs by enabling healthcare providers to pay only for the storage capacity they use. Additionally, Symantec Health customers receive disaster recovery and business continuity capabilities through Symantec’s geographically distributed, highly available data centers. Symantec Health supports a healthcare organization’s existing workflow and serves as a complement to a provider’s existing PACS infrastructure, such as Siemens PACS solutions.
“Siemens places a high value on rigorous testing of third-party applications that interact with our PACS,” said Rik Primo, director of marketing and strategic relationships for SYNGO Americas at Siemens Healthcare. “Connectivity testing in our CCC lab with technologies like Symantec Health ensures that our customers can confidently use the two solutions without the need for onsite connectivity customization.”
“While the cost of raw storage is decreasing, providers have to factor in costs for personnel and data center space, software and maintenance agreements, backup and disaster recovery systems, and energy to power all of this. These contributing costs are often overlooked and are soaring,” said Lori Wright, vice president and general manager for Symantec Health. “Healthcare providers on average can achieve a savings of 25 to 50 percent by hosting image archives with Symantec Health.”
To help all healthcare providers regain control of their burgeoning storage requirements, Symantec designed Symantec Health to leverage existing standard protocols to interact with any PACS/RIS system. Symantec Health offers secure, affordable long-term image archiving to accommodate the growing number and size of medical images. Simultaneously, Symantec Health brings transparency to the storage environment through an on-demand dashboard showing storage consumption by modality and site. “This has been eye opening to many organizations that have a much more opaque view of this today,” Wright added.
Symantec Health image archiving also complements solutions from other third-party PACS vendors to augment a provider’s PACS infrastructure and provide business continuity in the event of a disruption or disaster. [Read more…]
Allscripts today announced that Capital Region Orthopaedics has selected the Allscripts Electronic Health Record (EHR) and Practice Management solution to automate and connect 27 physicians in six locations across the Albany area.
“We intend that the electronic health record will help us further our mission of improving the patient experience through the provision of high quality care, while at the same time enhancing the everyday work experience of our providers,” said David Quinn, MD, of Capital Region Orthopaedics.
In continuous practice for more than 50 years, Capital Region Orthopaedics combines specialists and diagnostics under one roof to address the full spectrum of general and sub-specialty orthopaedic problems. [Read more…]
MICAS, Inc., a leader in image and information management solutions, today announced that it has been awarded the Frost & Sullivan 2009 North American Growth Leadership of the Year Award in Imaging Informatics. According to Frost & Sullivan, AMICAS captured the largest market share in the North American image and information management market. In 2009, AMICAS more than doubled its market share to over ten percent through a combination of organic growth and its strategic acquisition of Emageon Inc.
“AMICAS is honored to be recognized by Frost & Sullivan as the 2009 growth leader,” said Stephen Kahane MD, president, chief executive officer, and chairman of AMICAS. “AMICAS is a leading, independent provider of image and information management solutions for healthcare – and this award directly reflects our commitment to delivering innovative, high-ROI solutions that enable our customers to realize their quality and productivity goals.” [Read more…]