The service will enable rapid, cost-effective exchange of a cardiac procedure images and reports over the Web for consultation, second opinion and education, eliminating the need for expensive dedicated communication hardware. Alan Lieber, Vice President of Cardiac and Vascular Services at Lenox Hill Hospital is convinced that utilising the Internet via an easy-to-use Web interface will allow physicians, wherever they are located, to connect effortlessly and inexpensively with the experts at the Lenox Hill Heart and Vascular Institute.
Key to development of the product is Medcon's patent-pending Optimal Data Viewer Package (ODP) technology that streamlines the selection of clinically important data, which is then sent over the Internet. This, along with state-of-the-art image compression technology, dramatically reduces the size of angiography x-ray files to make them suitable for limited Internet bandwidth, while maintaining high clinical image quality.
Users can determine the degree to which image selection is automated, from complete computerised control to full user selection. Voice annotation files also may be attached to images. Medcon will develop and host a dedicated, customised Web site for the Lenox Hill Heart and Vascular Institute of New York. The site's eMedeon Web Viewer will allow uploading of angiography cases in DICOM-compliant format, making it compatible with any standard electronic angiography system.
The easy-to-use service will be based on an interface similar to e-mail and accessible to any user with an Internet connection. Provided on the site will be customised, downloadable Medcon Web software which includes the ODP and compression programmes next to all necessary Internet communications tools. For hospital-affiliated physicians, the site will equally contain links to other hospital departments and services.
Once images are received at the Institute, they will be automatically routed to appropriate cardiologists or cardiovascular surgeons who can immediately view physician notes and thumbnails, prior to downloading the complete study. The system is protected with a full spectrum of security measures and is compliant with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).
Medcon Telemedicine Technology Inc. develops and markets a complete line of turnkey solutions for cardiac image management and archiving. Medcon's technologies address 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 in telecardiology applications to Internet and intranet distribution of cardiac images. Medcon has extensive experience installing and servicing network and telecardiology sites. Its solutions are implemented in leading cardiac centres across the USA, Europe, Japan and South America.