Brotman Medical Center connects cardiac physicians to TCS Symphony from Medcon Telemedicine Technology Inc.

Whippany 03 November 2004Brotman Medical Center has chosen TCS Symphony from Medcon Telemedicine Technology to provide a fully automated filmless cardiac cath lab. TCS Symphony enables cardiologists and cardiac surgeons to manipulate full diagnostic DICOM images over a fast network environment. Its many functions include filmless acquisition, reviewing, processing, report generation, communications and long-term archiving. These functions are not limited to X-ray angiography images, but apply to echocardiography, NM, MRI, and CT images as well.

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TCS Symphony is fast and easy to use. It has an intuitive interface, which guides the user through the viewing and exchange process. Medcon has taken great care to ensure secure access, patient confidentiality and HIPAA compliance.

"Our goal at Brotman Medical Center was to provide our physicians with a complete cardiac information system to assist them in delivering quality care to patients", stated Maurine Cate, CEO of Brotman Medical Center. "The system provided by Medcon is truly remarkable."

"Medcon is honoured to have been chosen by Brotman as its cardiology image and information management system", stated Tom Chambers, Vice President of Sales. "This installation exemplifies the expanding requirements of modern cardiology, including support for multiple modalities and full Internet capabilities."

The new system is already in place in Brotman Medical Center's cardiac cath lab. Five stations are now available to physicians located throughout the hospital. Two are located in the cardiac cath lab, and one each in vascular ultrasound, non-invasive cardiology, and in the radiology department. The next phase, to be completed by November 1, 2004, will provide detailed reporting to physicians and will provide hospital based intranet access. The final phase, planned for a December 2004 launch, will introduce a Web-enabled version that will offer physicians complete access to the system through their office computer system.

Medcon's TCS Symphony aggregates cardiology multi-modality images with patient information in one central database for LAN and Internet access. It expedites the cardiology work flow, so that health care professionals can deliver efficient, cost-effective, high quality patient care, from therapeutic decision making to cohesive medical record management. TCS Symphony seamlessly integrates with third-party systems and equipment for flawless implementation, thus reducing installation costs while supporting existing critical information.

Brotman Medical Center is part of Tenet California, the state's largest hospital system. Founded in 1924, Brotman is a 420-bed hospital located at 3828 Delmas Terrace, Culver City, California. Utilizing some of the latest medical treatments and technologies, the hospital offers a wide range of inpatient and outpatient acute care services as well as rehabilitation, psychiatric care and chemical dependency services. Centrally located in downtown Culver City, the hospital operates a 24-hour emergency services centre staffed by board-certified emergency physicians and nurse specialists serving as a paramedic receiving station. Brotman is fully accredited by the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, the nation's oldest and largest hospital accreditation agency.

Medcon Telemedicine Technology Inc. is a global expert in cardiac image and information management with hundreds of installations worldwide, including the United States, Europe, Asia/Pacific and South America. It develops and markets a complete line of turnkey solutions that address a full spectrum of needs, such as diagnostic filmless image management, cath, echo, and nuclear medicine lab archiving, as well as the exchange of cardiac images and information over Internet/Intranet communication lines. Medcon is committed to the support of industry standards including DICOM, Worklist/SR, HL7 and CCOW and is HIPAA compliant. More news on Medcon is available in the VMW September 2003 article John Muir Mt. Diablo Health System selects Medcon's TCS Symphony for cath image management and archiving.


Leslie Versweyveld

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