Eklin Medical Systems and Elinc Corporation partner to integrate PACS and veterinary practice management

Sunnyvale 22 September 2004Eklin Medical Systems, specialized in digital radiography and image management systems for the veterinary care market, and Elinc Corporation, a provider of veterinary practice management software, have formed a multi-year joint venture relationship to develop a set of standards for the seamless integration of Elinc's VIA Veterinary Practice Information Management System (PIMS) with Eklin's RapidStore clinical PACS platform and EklinVault and EklinRead Web-based informatics and telemedicine systems.

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"We are excited to bring to the veterinary market another industry first", stated Steve Strittmatter, president of Elinc Corporation. "The combination of Eklin's leading imaging and informatics products, which are based on DICOM standards, and Elinc's powerful Practice Information Management System will offer veterinarians unprecedented tools for controlling critical clinical, financial and back-office information. This end-to-end integrated solution will enable a greater level of work flow efficiencies and positively impact the way veterinary medicine is practised for years to come."

Elinc's Veterinary Practice Information Management System allows veterinarians to stay in control of their practice's complete information needs. By effectively combining an easy-to-use interface with the most powerful functionality in the industry, VIA provides the information veterinarians need to improve patient outcomes and operating efficiencies. Built on a powerful three-tier architecture and fast Microsoft SQL Server database engine, VIA addresses the needs of both small and large animal practices.

"Today there are no integrated solutions for practice operating and clinical imaging information management. We believe this venture will provide the first seamless operating environment for veterinary practices", stated Gary R. Cantu, president and CEO of Eklin. "The final result will allow all functions, from client scheduling, examination, laboratory, imaging, treatment, billing, and follow-up to be carried out under co-ordinated platforms. By jointly employing state-of-the-art Web and network technologies, we've also simplified the use of local, remote and telemedicine operations."

In addition to complete PACS and telemedicine systems, Eklin also provides the RapidStudy platform, the industry's leading digital radiography (DR) imaging platform. Just as digital cameras have made photography more efficient and affordable by eliminating film, Eklin DR systems provide the veterinarian with an X-ray image that can be viewed immediately on a high-resolution monitor without need for film developing. The Eklin DR system provides the user with sophisticated image processing tools, giving the veterinarian much greater depth of information that can be enlarged for far better detail.

Images can be stored and archived for future use using PACS (picture archiving, communications and storage) based on DICOM standards. Initially introduced for equine radiography using a high-resolution 9" x 11" detector, the Eklin RapidStudy DR system now offers the only full-size 14" x 17" active area detector available in veterinary medicine for imaging all animals.

"We anticipate that the integrated Eklin and Elinc solution will be available to veterinarian practices in early fourth quarter", stated Mr. Cantu. "Feedback from our mutual customers indicates this highly advanced solution will greatly enhance practice work flow, practice management and provide a bottom-line economic advantage."

Elinc Corporation is a provider of veterinary Practice Information Management Software solutions. Established in 1998, Elinc delivers the industry's most advanced software, the Veterinary Information Assistant (VIA). VIA Practice Information Management Software can facilitate a fully paperless practice to increase revenue, improve patient care, and save time. VIA has quickly become known as a "best of breed" solution with installations ranging from large, AAHA accredited hospitals to solo mobile practitioners.

Eklin Medical Systems Inc. is specialized in digital radiography and image management for the veterinary care market. The company focuses on applications where speed, portability, and increased practice efficiency are critically important.


Leslie Versweyveld

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