Kodak secures largest ever PACS and Information Management Solutions contract with National Services Scotland

Chicago 29 November 2005Eastman Kodak Company's Health Group has signed its largest ever contract for Picture Archiving and Communications Systems (PACS) and Information Management Solutions (IMS). The multi-million-dollar agreement with National Services Scotland (NSS) positions Kodak as the leading supplier to the NSS-led Scotland National PACS e-health project. This initiative will create a platform to enable the seamless acquisition, storage, retrieval and display of digital patient images within and between clinical sites across Scotland.

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Jane Guinn, Chairman and Managing Director Kodak Limited and Sales Director for Kodak's Health Group, United Kingdom and Ireland, stated: "This is the latest in a number of major wins achieved by Kodak worldwide in the IT space. The health care information systems market offers a significant growth opportunity for Kodak and we are expanding our investment in this area of the business. Our knowledge and experience of radiology work flow gives us the advantage over our competitors. With the positioning of the new Kodak Carestream brand and an organisation now exclusively dedicated to information technology, this win emphasises that Kodak is extremely well positioned to continue its global leadership."

Kodak will deliver both systems and software to the Scotland National PACS project to facilitate efficient management of patient images and data, expansion of information sharing and improved work flow for the benefit of patient care. Specifically, the Kodak PACS solution will deploy Kodak Carestream PACS to 39 hospitals across the country and connect to a further 67 satellite centres with x-ray departments, overall managing an estimated 3,2 million exams annually.

PACS data will be archived centrally at two data centres, utilizing Kodak Carestream Regional Information Management Solution, which will serve the 16 Health Boards across Scotland. Every hospital across the country will have the ability to readily access prior images and reports, regardless of where they were generated, to help radiologists deliver a faster, more accurate diagnosis. Kodak will work with a number of third-party vendors to execute the objectives of the project.

Professor Stuart Bain, Chief Executive, National Services Scotland, commented: "The ability to quickly share clinical information securely throughout the medical communities within Scotland, will undoubtedly be of great benefit to both patients and staff alike."

Implementation will begin with two initial sites in Glasgow; the Southern General Hospital, which includes the Institute of Neurological Sciences and the Victoria Infirmary. A phased roll-out will follow over the next 2,5 years with full deployment anticipated in 2008. Kodak's association with the Scottish e-health project builds on an existing NSS contract for the purchase of Kodak PracticeWorks dental software.

National Services Scotland exists to support excellence in health and health care through partnerships and expertise. The aim of NSS is to deliver services that are always responsive to our their stakeholders' requirements; represent value for money; and are delivered to high professional standards.

NSS plays an active and crucial role in the delivery of effective health care in Scotland. Services are delivered through the Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service, Central Legal Office, Counter Fraud Services, Information Services, National Services, Practitioner Services, Health Protection Scotland, Scottish Healthcare Supplies and the Scottish Health Service Centre.

Kodak's Health Group, with 2004 revenues of $2,68 billion, is a world expert in supplying the medical and dental professions with advanced health care products, services and information technology (IT) solutions. Its broad product portfolio includes picture archiving and communications systems (PACS), radiology information systems (RIS), enterprise and departmental health care information systems, computed radiography (CR) and digital radiography (DR) systems, laser imagers, mammography systems, x-ray film systems for general radiography, and dental imaging products.

Its broad services portfolio includes everything from repair and maintenance, to professional services encompassing equipment integration, business consulting, storage and archiving, secure e-mail services, and more. More Kodak news can be found in the VMW July 2005 article Kodak to offer innovative 3D software for review and management of virtual colonoscopy images.


Leslie Versweyveld

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