Canadian Cedara partners with Taiwanese Inqgen to provide local market with medical imaging tools

Toronto 11 July 2001Cedara Software, an independent developer of medical imaging software and Inqgen Technology Ltd., which develops and markets total hospital information systems solutions in Taiwan, have formed a strategic partnership agreement valued at USD $6.1 million. Inqgen, which is a subsidiary of Taiwan's largest electric and machinery company, Teco Group, will utilise Cedara Software's proven image management applications, image archiving technologies, and Web-enabling viewers in its hospital information system (HIS) offerings.

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The contract makes it possible for Inqgen to offer complete HIS/PACS solutions to the Taiwanese marketplace. Major Taiwanese hospitals have adopted this HIS/PACS solution. Inqgen also integrates LIS, RIS, and related wireless applications into its health telematics solutions. Dr. R.K. Hong, President of Inqgen stated: "Partnering with Cedara will allow us to quickly roll out a high-quality complete HIS/PACS solution to our market. Cedara demonstrates extensive expertise in the medical imaging domain and the company has the tried, tested, and true image management products that Inqgen demands for its customers in Taiwan. Cedara's easy to integrate technology is a perfect fit with our very open, component-based hospital information system."

Arun Menawat, President and General Manager at Cedara Imaging and Information Solutions, commented: "This agreement comes at an ideal time. Just as Taiwan is embracing the digital health care wave and as Inqgen is riding that wave. The agreement broadens Cedara's channel into Taiwan, a market with over 800 hospitals and 30.000 clinics. Inqgen is a leader in Taiwan and we are pleased to have them as a partner."

Cedara Software offers a suite of specialised Viewing and Reading (VRO) image management applications, Web-based viewing, and scalable image archive solutions. Applications include VR Reach, VR Report, VR Read, VR ICU, and VR View. Each solution easily accommodates different work flow requirements and targets the needs of specific clinical environments. The Cedara VR HardStore and SoftStore archive systems provide efficient, reliable image distribution and storage.

Cedara Software Corporation serves leading health care solution providers and has long-term relationships with companies such as General Electric, Philips, Siemens, Toshiba, and Hitachi. Cedara offers its Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) customers a rich assortment of possible end-to-end imaging solutions. The Cedara Imaging Application Platform (IAPO) is a development environment supporting Windows and Unix. This continuously enhanced imaging software is embedded in 30 percent of MRIs sold today. Cedara offers components and applications that address all modalities and aspects of work flow, including 3D imaging and advanced post-processing; volumetric rendering; disease-centric imaging solutions for cardiology; and streaming DICOM for Web-enabled imaging.

Cedara Viewing and Reading (VRO) solutions for picture archiving and communications systems (PACS) are IAP-based and are sold via systems integrators and distributors around the world. Through its Dicomit Dicom Information Technologies Inc. subsidiary, Cedara provides ultrasound and DICOM connectivity solutions to OEM customers such as Acuson. Cedara subsidiary Surgical Navigation Specialists Inc. serves the image-guided therapy market, providing a truly open architecture solution for surgical navigation.

Inqgen Technology Ltd. builds IT infrastructures for hospitals, Electronic Patient Record (EPR), Radiology Information Systems (RIS), hospital information systems (HIS), HL7 conversion engines, and delivers value-added applications, Web-based solutions, and addresses both e-commerce and M-health. Through TECO Group's telecommunications resources, Inqgen also plans to develop wireless products for these solutions.

Via strategic alliances with international partners and venture capitalists, Inqgen distributes, customises, integrates, and markets various health care products and technologies into the Asia Pacific region, tailoring its offerings to each of its local markets through collaborations with leading hospitals. Inqgen's mission is to be the major total solution provider for the large health care institutions and an Application Service Provider (ASP) for the small size health care institutions. The company is continuously seeking alliances with world leading developers of health care informatics technology which will expand the product portfolio of Inqgen, as well as bring new business opportunity for Inqgen's parts. The company also indulges in bioinformatics technologies and their applications in Taiwan's health care delivery.


Leslie Versweyveld

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