Carestream Health takes orders from Erie County MC Corporation for digital medical imaging systems and from Tufts MC for flexible RIS/PACS

Rochester 29 July 2009Erie County Medical Center Corporation of Buffalo, New York, has ordered two DIRECTVIEW DR 7500 Systems from Carestream Health Inc., for its new digital Orthopaedic X-Ray Suite and Tufts Medical Center of Boston, Massachusetts, recently ordered a RIS/PACS solution from the same company, to streamline work flow at the prominent teaching hospital. The medical centre also contracted with Carestream Health's eHealth Managed Services (eMS) for remote disaster recovery.


The 451-bed Tufts Medical Center is a world-class academic medical institution that pioneers groundbreaking research and hosts numerous clinical trials.

"The CARESTREAM RIS/PACS is a flexible platform that will allow us to customize our work flow to meet both our clinical and teaching requirements. The new RIS will equip us to provide centralized patient scheduling for multiple sites for the first time, while the PACS will deliver native 3D functionality that can eliminate the need for dedicated 3D workstations", stated Michael P. Foley, Director of Radiology Services, Tufts Medical Center and Floating Hospital for Children.

CARESTREAM RIS can improve radiology work flow by equipping schedulers to view all clinical staff required when scheduling an exam - radiologist, technologist and/or nurse. It features a one-step tool that allows simultaneous entry of an exam order when an exam and appointment are scheduled. The RIS also supports patient scheduling at multiple locations. CARESTREAM RIS is Microsoft .NET-connected to offer a thin-client platform that simplifies system management, while also enabling full Windows functionality at each workstation.

CARESTREAM PACS delivers a unified virtual desktop with native and integrated advanced 3D applications that facilitate faster reading of CT, MR and PET/CT exams. It also includes a new PowerViewer that goes beyond the functionality offered by integrated or native 3D capabilities to provide automatic registration and matching of volumetric data created at different times and by different modalities directly within the standard viewer used by radiologists. As a result, radiologists are able to dynamically view image data in different planes without switching to other applications or workstations.

CARESTREAM eHealth Managed Services provides cost-effective remote back up data storage to help health care providers comply with disaster recovery/business continuity regulations. eMS stores imaging studies in a DICOM format to protect data integrity and can quickly restore health care providers' records in the event of a disaster. eMS manages more than 10 million imaging studies worldwide, representing more than 500 terabytes of data. The company operates eight data centres in five countries to service health care providers throughout North America and Europe.

Erie County Medical Center Corporation (ECMC) is a nationally recognized regional centre for trauma, burn, rehabilitation and cardiac care, and is also a major teaching facility for the University at Buffalo. The Department of Imaging Services provides state-of-the-art imaging services to more than 75.000 Western New Yorkers every year. ECMC acquired Carestream Health's DR 7500 system through a locally-owned Western New York medical imaging distributor GXC Imaging.

"The benefits of advanced digital medical imaging solutions are well proven. They improve productivity and lead to better care for our patients", stated Eric C. Gregor, MBA, RT, Administrative Director of Imaging Services at ECMC. "Our new DR systems also will facilitate more efficient acquisition, distribution and storage of patient medical images, which can help enhance communications among our clinical staff members."

The DR 7500 system's single- and dual-detector configurations offer outstanding flexibility for a wide variety of general radiography examinations, including trauma, with remarkable convenience, productivity and patient comfort. The DR 7500 also easily accommodates the integration of images captured with Carestream Health's computed radiography systems already in use at ECMC. The company's DIRECTVIEW Capture Link System integrates its DR and/or CR Systems to improve digital work flow and productivity in high-traffic areas when a patient study includes both CR and DR images.

"Our innovative digital medical imaging systems are designed to meet the ever increasing needs of a wide range of health care providers", stated Diana L. Nole, President, Digital Capture Solutions, Carestream Health. "We work with clinicians around the world to develop new features that deliver greater ease of use and productivity, as well as enhanced image quality, as part of our commitment to provide technology that can truly make a difference in patient care."

Carestream Health offers several DR systems for patient x-ray exams, as well as a comprehensive family of single- and multi-cassette CR, tabletop, and mobile (Point-of-Care) systems. The company's broad portfolio of CR and DR systems offers hospitals, imaging centres, orthopaedic practices and other health care providers with the latest in digital image capture for patient imaging studies.

The ECMC Corporation includes an advanced academic medical centre with 550 inpatient beds and 136 skilled-nursing-home beds, on- and off-campus health centres, over 40 outpatient specialty care clinics and the Erie County Home, a skilled nursing facility. ECMC is the regional centre for trauma, burn care, rehabilitation and is a major teaching facility for the State University of New York at Buffalo. Most ECMC physicians, dentists and pharmacists are dedicated faculty members of the University. More Western New York residents are choosing ECMC for exceptional patient care and customer service provided as a result of its Culture of Care.

Carestream Health Inc. has taken new orders from United States health care facilities for its portfolio of digital radiography (DR) and computed radiography (CR) imaging systems that provide direct digital capture of medical x-ray exams. Some facilities also purchased KODAK DRYVIEW Laser Imagers that provide high-speed, high-resolution image output for general radiography and digital mammography applications.

The following health care providers are among those that have placed orders:

  • Baxter Regional Medical Center, Mountain Home, Arkansas, ordered a KODAK DIRECTVIEW Elite CR System and KODAK DRYVIEW 5800 Laser Imager.
  • Golden Plains Community Hospital, Borger, Texas, ordered a KODAK DIRECTVIEW Elite CR System through authorized distributor Southwest X-Ray.
  • Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center, Bronx, New York, ordered four KODAK DIRECTVIEW CR 975 Systems.
  • Rochester General Hospital, Rochester, New York, ordered a dual-detector KODAK DIRECTVIEW DR 7500 system and a CR 975.
  • Springfield Clinic, Taylorville, Illinois, ordered a DR 7500, Elite CR system, DRYVIEW 6800 imager and a DR Long-Length Imaging System.

Carestream Health offers one of the broadest product lines of digital radiography systems in the industry. It recently introduced the industry's first wireless, cassette-size DR detector, the CARESTREAM DRX-1 System. Since this new detector can be employed in nearly all applications where a 14 x 17 inch (35 x 43 cm) x-ray cassette would be used, it offers an affordable, smooth transition to DR technology for many imaging environments. The company's portfolio also features DR 9500, DR 7500 and DR 3000 platforms. The DR 9500 System has a ceiling-mounted U-arm that contains both a tube and detector to deliver unprecedented mobility and operational flexibility. The DR 7500 system offers outstanding flexibility with single- and dual-detector configurations, wall stand and table options and an optional long-length imaging system; and the DR 3500 System delivers the small footprint, functionality and convenience required by a broad range of health care facilities.

KODAK DIRECTVIEW Classic and Elite CR Systems are compact, single-cassette systems that deliver exceptional versatility and eliminate the need for additional units by supporting general radiography, long-length, dental and mammography exams - in countries where there is approval for mammography applications.

Carestream Health Inc. has also launched a new web-based cardiology PACS that offers a single integrated platform for diagnosis, image review and reporting for echocardiography, cardiac catheterization and nuclear cardiology procedures as well as electrocardiogram management. The CARESTREAM Cardiology PACS will be available by the end of September.

The company's cardiology PACS equips providers to consolidate isolated cardiac lab systems into a centralized solution to achieve both greater efficiency and lower costs. The Cardiology PACS client also enables productive reading of cardiology data from any on-site or off-site networked PC. Clinicians benefit from convenient and productive review of multiple cardiac studies and results - along with easy access to prior exams.

Carestream Health's new cardiology PACS integrates seamlessly with the company's radiology PACS, allowing health care providers to use the same workstation for diagnostic reading and clinical review of cardiology and radiology studies.

"Most cardiology services providers are hampered by the need for physicians to log onto multiple systems to review patient images and data. And accessing prior exams from DVD or tape libraries is time-consuming and inefficient. These factors can lead to delayed diagnosis and treatment", stated Diana L. Nole. "Our new cardiology PACS provides rapid access to images, data and reports for clinicians at any location, thus helping improve the work flow and enhancing the decision-making process."

The new cardiology PACS offers:

  • Structured reporting templates for all cardiovascular applications (cath, echo, vascular and nuclear) with point-and-click access to pre-defined statements along with digital signatures. Formatting is user-customizable and reports can be distributed using HL7, e-mail, automatic print or fax transmissions.
  • Comprehensive measurement tools for echocardiography applications, including the ability to import measurements taken at the modality. The platform also delivers specialized echocardiography features, including automatic quad screen display for stress echo exams, automatic DICOM calibration and the ability to view imported exams and documents from third-party systems.
  • An ECG management solution that includes a time-saving worklist and the ability to integrate to multi-vendor ECG carts.
  • Catheterization reporting tools such as coronary tree annotations for stenosis, stent and graft locations to eliminate dictation and provide a single tool for reporting of echo, cardiac cath and nuclear cardiology.
  • Nuclear cardiology features, including web-based gated SPECT wall motion review, a 3D cine and localizer tool, as well as viewing and reporting tools.

If Carestream Health's cardiology PACS is integrated with the company's radiology PACS, clinicians on any PC or workstation gain access to native 3D functionality for cardiac analysis, coronary analysis, calcium scoring and other specialized cardiac applications.

Carestream Health also offers a flexible information management platform that can manage DICOM and non-DICOM information captured by cardiology, radiology and a variety of other patient imaging and information systems. With this platform, hospitals and cardiology practices can consolidate data management throughout the enterprise to reduce the high costs associated with separate archiving systems. This management platform also simplifies business continuity and disaster recovery planning.

Carestream Health Inc. is a provider of dental and medical imaging systems and health care IT solutions; molecular imaging systems for the life science research and drug discovery/development market segments; and x-ray film and digital x-ray products for the non-destructive testing market. Headquartered in Rochester, New York, and serving customers in more than 150 countries, Carestream Health is an independent company operating within the family of companies owned by Onex Corporation of Toronto, Canada. More information about Carestream Health is available in the VMW December 2008 article Carestream Health and NDMA announce collaboration for provision of eHealth and analytics services.

Source: Carestream Health

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