Both companies will embrace this new partnership to combine Karl Storz OR1 Integrated Operating Room technology with Rivulet's IP Video Transport and Storage applications to provide customers with complete OR and video solutions.
"This reseller agreement with Rivulet advances our vision of anticipating and addressing future trends with the development of sophisticated products, services and processes", stated Connie Padden, Director of Technology Integration, Karl Storz. "I am confident that the expertise and leadership of both companies will be utilized to provide true interoperability in the OR and throughout the entire hospital."
"Rivulet recognizes the leading market position of Karl Storz", stated Ed Kennedy, Rivulet CEO. "Karl Storz customers are embracing Rivulet's solution as the new means by which to move video around the hospital. This reseller agreement will allow both companies to leverage their strengths and present a unified solution to their customers."
Karl Storz OR1 is the comprehensive operating room integration solution that seamlessly combines high-performance surgical and video technologies, as well as data and image management. Touchscreen panels provide a realistic user interface that gives surgeons and OR teams complete command of system settings and functions via intuitive icon-based controls. OR1 integrated suites offer the capabilities of a broad selection of the most advanced surgical technologies, including the most advanced full HD video imaging system available.
The combination of OR1 capabilities with Rivulet's patented technology will enable hospitals to incorporate a number of applications for IP transport of medical-grade video into integrated operating room environments. Used as a tool for education and training, surgical teams can demonstrate new surgical techniques in real time to specialists or medical students in other locations. Surgeons in the OR can also take advantage of live two-way video interactions with pathology and other department to streamline efficient transfer of knowledge and support decision making.
Rivulet's technology essentially creates a console outside the sterile field. This means that specialists outside the OR can conduct visual consultations without leaving their offices while referring to high-quality video on desktop PCs. Videos can be stored on the network in an on-line video library for analysis and editing, which provides a critical capability to doctors by enabling them to review stored case videos using the PCs in their offices. In addition to being made a part of the patient record, these videos can also be edited for use in training presentations.
Rivulet's IP video network product suite is the first solutions to make high-quality, high-definition video possible over existing IP networks. For hospitals, this means substantially lower costs and increased ubiquity. Rivulet's technology offers high-quality video with high-resolution imaging free of compression artifacts. The video format enables extraction of sharp individual frames that are delivered in real time with low latency. Conventional methods used previously to transfer video outside the OR required considerable compromise. Coverage area had to be sacrificed to maintain quality, and while use of an expensive dedicated network was required, video could be delivered only where cable was pulled. Higher coverage area over the network meant use of traditional compression techniques and loss of quality.
Rivulet Communications offers a complete applications-based approach to medical video that enables customers to flawlessly transport high-bandwidth, mission-critical and real-time applications over existing IP networks anywhere, anytime. With Rivulet products, organisations can realize the economic benefits of real-time training and collaboration; secure centralized storage; telemedicine applications with off-campus secure access and seamless integration into existing medical systems.
Karl Storz Endoscopy-America Inc. is an affiliate of Karl Storz GmbH & Co. KG, an international expert for over 60 years in reusable endoscope technology, encompassing all endoscopic specialties. Based in Tuttlingen, Germany, Karl Storz GmbH & Co. KG is a family-owned company that designs, engineers, manufactures and markets all its products with an emphasis on visionary design, precision craftsmanship and clinical effectiveness. More company news is available in the VMW September 2004 article Karl Storz unveils innovative diagnostic modality for lung cancer.