Web-native RIS and PACS application service provider platform to further refine telemedicine concept

Salt Lake City 03 May 2001Webmedx Inc., a clinical application service provider (ASP) offering radiology information management solutions, has closed an agreement with AMICAS Inc., a developer of Web-based medical image management systems, to create the health care industry's first Web-native ASP Radiology Information and Picture Archiving and Communication System (RIS/PACS). The agreement integrates the Webmedx Radiology Information Service with AMICAS' amicas.net services, providing an affordable and convenient system for health care professionals to utilise in the creation, management, and distribution of radiology information.

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At SCAR 2001, which is the annual Symposium for Computer Applications in Radiology, Webmedx also made public that IRAD Services has elected to use the new platform in its efforts to deploy a single radiology information management platform which includes both textural reports and diagnostic images.

"We selected this radiology platform because it provides us with a hosted, managed solution with predictable costs and secure, ubiquitous access to radiology reports and images, allowing us to deliver our diagnostic reading services in the most cost-effective manner", explained David Stonebraker, CEO of IRAD. "It also offers rapid deployment, enables us to operationalise our costs, and yields additional value to our customers. These benefits are achieved without risk of technology obsolescence or any capital investment at the lowest total cost of ownership available in the marketplace", continued Mr. Stonebraker.

David Nelson, CEO of Webmedx, describes the relationship as another step forward toward the refinement of telemedicine. "We consider the integration of Webmedx RIS technology and AMICAS' PACS technology with IRAD's radiological expertise as a positive step forward in providing quality care which is accessible by clinicians anytime, anywhere. We are pleased to support the radiology community as a partner in delivering this efficient, affordable information technology to help improve patient care."

Webmedx Inc. offers health care providers secure access to clinical data and application services via the Internet through its Clinical Information Portal, a true medical information utility which serves as the Internet gateway and ASP delivery vehicle for three state-of-the-art application services, including the Radiology Information Service, the Enterprise Scheduling Service, and the Clinical Report Service. These Webmedx application services provide a seamless, Internet-based solution for the creation, management, distribution and access of clinical information across the enterprise. Founded in 1996, Webmedx Inc. is privately held and based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

IRAD Services Inc. is an established professional radiology practice, which operates and provides professional, Internet-accessible radiological reading and reporting business to serve clients in Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, Maryland, Michigan, New York, and Virginia. Based in Pittsburgh, IRAD delivers immediate radiologist interpretations and transcribed diagnostic reports in less than 30 minutes. Clients of IRAD include hospitals, portable x-ray companies, correctional facilities, military bases, Indian reservations, free-standing diagnostic centres, primary care centres, physician practices, and international sites. Quality readings and timely reporting are achieved through a unique Internet-based process which permits IRAD radiologists to access the images from a secure Web server.

AMICAS Inc. develops and markets Internet-based software solutions for diagnostic-quality medical image management. Using Internet standards, the company processes over 3.000.000 imaging studies per year for large health care facilities and innovative radiology practices. Secure image capture, storage and clinical distribution, with and without compression, is provided on a pay-per-study basis. AMICAS Inc. is based in Newton, Massachusetts.


Leslie Versweyveld

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