Providence Hospital to choose Medcon for integrated cath-echo image management

Whippany 26 September 2001Providence Hospital and Medical Centers (PHMC) in Southfield, Michigan, which recently was named one of the Top 100 Cardiovascular Hospitals in the United States by Solucient, a provider of strategic health care information, has selected Medcon Telemedicine Technology Inc. to provide integrated digital image management and archiving for its catheterisation and echocardiography labs along with sophisticated Web-based tele-cardiology and hospital-wide connectivity.


Medcon's ability to provide a true multimodality system, versatile Web portal and interfaces with a range of supporting information systems were significant factors in its selection, according to Shukri W. David, MD, Section Chief, Division of Cardiology. "We identified our goals for the project early on", stated Issac Grinberg, MD, Cardiologist for Providence Hospital. "Convenient, user-friendly access to both cath and echo images was extremely important."

Medcon's advanced MDWeb Web-based interface and its eMedcon Internet-based tele-radiology service also met the hospital's needs. Medcon's MDWeb will allow access to cath and echo studies throughout the organisation under a familiar Web-based interface using existing LAN connections and PCs. As part of the eMedcon service, Medcon will provide and host a dedicated, customised Providence Hospital Web site that will facilitate tele-cardiology and consultations over the Internet with surrounding medical centres affiliated with Providence.

To ensure the right choice, Providence Hospital conducted an extensive search of major equipment manufacturers as well as specialised vendors such as Medcon. Those under serious consideration were asked to stage live in-house demonstrations of their systems for doctors and other appropriate staff members. "After these hands-on trials, Medcon emerged the clear winner", stated Christopher M. Southwick, Director, Cardiac Services at the Providence Heart Institute.

For the installation, Medcon will provide Providence Hospital with a full cath and echo image management and archiving solution that connects three angiography and six echo systems. The cath labs include GE and Siemens X-ray angiography systems as well as one new digital Siemens system. The installation offers instant network access to cardiac procedures stored on a RAID (Redundant Array of Inexpensive Disk) and 30 seconds access to long-term archiving based on a state-of-the-art DVD-R jukebox. In addition, among the wide range of interfaces to external systems included is a unique industry interface enabling Medcon's Cath Summary Report and Database to be autopopulated with relevant haemodynamic information.

Commenting on the installation, Uzi Blumensohn, Medcon's CEO, explained: "Providence Hospital is widely recognised for the high quality of its cardiac care. Medcon is pleased and proud to have been selected to partner with such a prestigious institution after a comprehensive search across a full range of vendors. We share a common vision of advanced technologies contributing significantly to the quality of patient care and efficiency of the health care now and in the future."

Medcon develops and markets a complete line of turnkey solutions for cardiac image management and archiving. It 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 in tele-cardiology and their distribution on the Internet and Intranet. Medcon has extensive experience installing and servicing cardiac image network and tele-cardiology sites. Its solutions are implemented in leading cardiac centres across the United States, Europe, Japan, and South America.

You can find more news on Medcon in the VMW July 2001 article Saint Alphonsus selects Medcon's image archiving tool to upgrade cath, add echo, and implement tele-cardiology.

Leslie Versweyveld

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