Baylor Health Care System goes filmless with newly selected tele-cardiology package

Whippany 02 October 2000Medcon Telemedicine Technology Inc. and Mennen Medical Inc. have realised a major expansion of Medcon's TCS cardiac image network at the Baylor Health Care System in Dallas, one of the major medical centres in the United States. The Heart and Vascular Centre at Baylor Medical Center in Garland has selected Medcon Inc. to supply its TCS diagnostic DICOM network and archive to complement the existing TCS network installation at Baylor University Medical Center (BUMC). The largest medical campus in the Baylor System, BUMC routinely exchanges patient information with affiliated medical facilities, including Baylor Garland.

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The new Baylor Garland installation will provide medical image management for two x-ray angiographic suits, while the current BUMC installation acquires images from this facility's six x-ray angiography suits performing more than 10.000 procedures annually. Medcon's TCS cardiac image network enables both BUMC and Baylor Garland to eliminate film, to access cardiac images with unprecedented speed, and to automate archiving using optical-based jukeboxes with capacity for more than 35.000 cardiac procedures.

BUMC and Baylor Garland equally plan to utilise Medcon's advanced TCS tele-cardiology package to electronically exchange patient cardiac images and information. In 1998, the Medcon TCS system was selected by BUMC following a lengthy search. "The extensive RFP and evaluation process also included site visits", commented Jerry Chevalier, Baylor cardio-vascular informatics specialist. John Schumacher, M.D., Baylor co-chief of cardiology, added: "One of the features we looked at closely was the TCS system's ability to transfer images over networks, telephone lines and the Internet."

"Baylor's initial and continued selection of TCS for cardiac image management underscores both our technical leadership and ongoing commitment to meeting customer needs", stated Uzi Blumensohn, Medcon CEO. He added: "Our partnership with Mennen Medical Inc. for sales, service and support in select United States regions has proven extremely successful."

Medcon's TCS is an innovative family of cardiac image management and archiving solutions. Offering unique tele-cardiology and Internet/intranet applications, as well as a wide variety of value-added benefits, TCS is a leader in both function and customisable features. TCS employs an open architecture and strictly adheres to DICOM 3.0 as well as related industry standards. TCS supports most cardiac-related imaging modalities, including x-ray angiography, echocardiography, Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), Nuclear Medicine (NM) and Computed Tomography (CT). It incorporates state of the art archiving including tape-, MO- and DVD-based technologies.

Medcon Telemedicine Technology Inc. develops and markets a complete line of turnkey solutions for cardiac image management and archiving. The company addresses a full spectrum of needs, from diagnostic filmless image management and archiving for cath and echo labs, as well as exchange of cardiac images and information, such as in tele-cardiology, to Internet and intranet distribution of cardiac images. Medcon has extensive experience installing and servicing network and tele-cardiology sites. Its solutions are implemented in leading cardiac centres across the U.S., Europe, Japan and South America. The company is ranked top in customer satisfaction.


Leslie Versweyveld

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