Acuo Technologies announces availability of its PACS Aggregation Engine

St. Paul 27 February 2007Acuo Technologies, a company specializing in the creation of high-performance software for intelligent medical image management, storage and data migration, has made available a new software component, the PACS Aggregation Engine. Acuo Technologies' PACS Aggregation Engine, a component of the Acuo DICOM Services Grid, can be licensed and used with any third party DICOM-compliant application, such as DICOM workstations and traditional department PACS, to enable a number of advanced features that can help health care organisations leverage their IT resources and improve patient care. Common applications include location of DICOM objects across multiple DICOM devices in a single query; pre-fetching content from multiple DICOM devices with a single request; and data migration from multiple DICOM archives.

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"Acuo's software suite, the DICOM Services Grid, is designed to provide a Grid computing environment to enable aggregation and federation functionality for sharing of DICOM data through virtualization", stated Shannon M. Werb, Acuo's chief operating officer. "Acuo is excited about continuing to offer the market innovative products, such as the PACS Aggregation Engine, to meet the increasing demand from health care IT for these capabilities."

Acuo Technologies is demonstrating Acuo DICOM Services Grid software at the HIMSS Conference being held in New Orleans, Louisiana.

In addition, Acuo Technologies has appointed Agfa HealthCare, a developer of the widely acclaimed Impax PACS/RIS Solutions, as the authorized software reseller for Acuo Technologies, covering Agfa and Acuo's North Europe region in the United Kingdom, Ireland and the Nordics. This relationship will enable Acuo to expand its ability to distribute and support products in Western Europe and give Agfa HealthCare access to that portfolio of products to complement its own Impax PACS/RIS Solutions.

"Agfa HealthCare recognizes the need for standards-based infrastructures, and their services will strengthen Acuo's presence in Western Europe", stated Shannon Werb, CTO and COO, Acuo Technologies. "Acuo and Agfa HealthCare continue to drive the Powered by Acuo brand and empower solution providers to deliver lower cost, better performing image management solutions to their customers."

"Agfa HealthCare and Acuo share a common vision of providing high-performance open system solutions for digital imaging and we are looking forward to working with Acuo in the near future at a number of sites in the North Europe region", stated Adrian Stevens, Director of Agfa HealthCare North Europe Region. "The partnership is continued validation that standards-based infrastructures will drive improved patient care through better image management and accessibility of diagnostic images across health care enterprises."

Agfa HealthCare, part of the Agfa-Gevaert Group, provides advanced imaging and health care IT systems & services for clinical specialities and health care facility management. These systems and services span the entire health care enterprise, allowing facilities to improve efficiency and productivity while promoting advances in patient safety, medical outcomes, and quality. More company news can be found in the VMW August 2006 article Agfa HealthCare selected as preferred vendor for Toronto East Network's PACS project.

Acuo Technologies, with headquarters in St. Paul, Minnesota, was founded in 2000 with the objective of developing the first enterprise-wide collaborative asset management solution for medical DICOM images residing in a Picture Archiving and Communications System (PACS). Its first commercial product received United States Food and Drug Administration 510-K approval in 2001. Since that time, over 70 medical sites around the world have deployed AcuoMed/AcuoStore software solutions. More company news is available in the VMW December 2006 article Acuo Technologies announces availability of Version 5.0 of DICOM Services Grid medical software.


Leslie Versweyveld

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