Kodak and NDMA collaborate on product-integration initiatives to support mammography screening in Europe

Geneva 26 November 2006Eastman Kodak Company's Health Group and National Digital Medical Archive Inc. (NDMA) are collaborating on product-integration initiatives that support the European mammography market's transition from analogue imaging to digital imaging and information technology.

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Kodak and NDMA will combine each other's products and systems to create a family of innovative solutions that will enable health care facilities to better manage, archive and process images and information related to mammography screening.

The products involved include:

  • KODAK CARESTREAM Information Management Solutions (IMS). These solutions - driven by the powerful KODAK VIParchive software platform - combine software, hardware and professional services to enable the consolidation, control, continuity and access to all fixed archived content within a health care facility or among multiple health care facilities within a geographic region. With IMS, the right medical images and information are available to medical practitioners in the right place and at the right time.
  • Data and image management tools that NDMA will introduce. These comprise analytical tools required for quality assurance and compliance, as well as visualization tools dedicated to streamlining the often complicated work flow processes involved with mammography.

"The solutions that evolve from integrating Kodak and NDMA products will enable health care facilities to collect, retrieve, store and distribute digital images and information on demand, thus helping enhance work flow efficiencies, increase revenue and improve patient care", stated Ian Marron, Director of eHealth, for Kodak's Health Group in Europe, Africa & Middle East.

Also part of the effort is the introduction of myNDMA, a Citizens Health Portal. myNDMA will provide patients with personal health record management tools to securely upload and store their digital medical images and electronic health records into a private web site. The programme allows patients to identify a service bureau to digitize mammography films; store prior mammograms from previous health care providers; locate digital imaging facilities; and link to health care provider records stored in myNDMA.

"The Citizens Health Portal enables women, who are undergoing screening mammography exams, to link to myNDMA and see that their studies are safely secured and manage the corresponding medical records in the personal file folders. More importantly, myNDMA ties a physician and patient together for the patient's entire life, including self-populated family history and self-breast examination logs", stated Derek Danois, President, NDMA. "Building upon our successful track record worldwide, we are pleased to team with Kodak and support their commitment to mammography."

"Our CARESTREAM Information Management Solutions coupled with NDMA's solution-layer architecture, post-processing analytics and consumer health portal, provides a never-before seen approach to comprehensive mammography screening in health care", Kodak's Ian Marron stated. "The Kodak-NDMA association leverages the best of the best in technologies, allowing everyone in the health care continuum to access information on-demand. We are committed to interoperability, and pleased to be working together with NDMA in Europe to achieve our respective goals."

Kodak's Health Group, with revenues of $2,7 billion 2005, supplies the medical and dental professions with information systems and systems for both digital and conventional imaging. The range includes Picture Archiving and Communications Systems (PACS), Radiology Information Systems (RIS), IT solutions, solutions for clinical information systems, Computed Radiography (CR) and Digital Radiography (DR) systems, laser printers, mammography systems, radiography systems based on x-ray film, and dental imaging products. Its range of services covers every type of offer, from repairs and maintenance, to professional services encompassing integration, storage and archiving, secure e-mail, and much more besides. More company news is available in the VMW October 2006 article Kodak and Turku University Hospital forge agreement to support services for Satakunta region.

The National Digital Medical Archive Inc., headquartered in Berwyn, Pennsylvania, develops, designs and delivers a data management and communications infrastructure that enables on-demand access, visualization and distribution of diagnostic quality images and related clinical data. More news on NDMA can be found in the VMW May 2006 article i3ARCHIVE Inc.'s National Digital Medical Archive and myNDMA patient programme receive unique recognition in IBM 2005 Annual Report.


Leslie Versweyveld

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