Partnering triumvirate to offer health care industry telemedicine pie with PACS

Westboro 12 January 1999 MarkCare Medical Systems Inc., WorldCare Technologies Inc., and Data General Corporation have closed a strategic alliance. These three major companies have proven their respective leadership in picture archiving and communications systems, referred to as PACS, telemedicine, and computing products for delivery to health care institutions all over the world. Together, they will bring state-of-the-art clinical information management solutions to the health care market. The radiology image management system, developed by MarkCare Medical Systems, currently running on Data General's AViiON server and CLARiiON storage platform, will be integrated into WorldCare's OpenMed Manager to enable telemedicine applications.

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MarkCare Medical Systems Inc., WorldCare Technologies Inc., and Data General Corporation have closed a strategic alliance. These three major companies have proven their respective leadership in picture archiving and communications systems, referred to as PACS, telemedicine, and computing products for delivery to health care institutions all over the world. Together, they will bring state-of-the-art clinical information management solutions to the health care market. The radiology image management system, developed by MarkCare Medical Systems, currently running on Data General's AViiON server and CLARiiON storage platform, will be integrated into WorldCare's OpenMed Manager to enable telemedicine applications.

In the recent past, the three new allies already were collaborating in large scale projects that have been set up in Europe, Asia, Africa and the United States. This valuable experience will allow the partners to combine their products, services and commercial reach in an integrated and scalable system to manage clinical information for multiple medical specialities in a large health care enterprise. In addition, the system will operate both over regional and national networks which have to interconnect medical facilities and primary care clinics, spread all over the country.

The core component of the clinical information management solution (CIMS) constitutes MarkCare's image management system (IMS) which runs on the high-end Unix AViiON server and CLARiiON fibre channel storage platform, designed by Data General. As an expert of Internet-enabled telemedicine, WorldCare will build on MarkCare's IMS to extend the system beyond the hospital walls. Its OpenMed Manager will operate as a clinical information management server to provide other health care facilities and primary care clinics with smooth access to the required patient clinical records.

WorldCare's comprehensive product suite enhances the implementation of the CIMS through a varied range of clinical information as well as image capture and viewing applications. The powerful software can be used in both primary and secondary diagnosis, therapy management, and for Web access to multimedia electronic patient records. It is even possible to add supplementary clinical information to radiology image studies or to complete the results with data from other medical specialities, including pathology, dermatology, and ophthalmology. In this way, the CIMS will be transformed into a real multimedia and multi-speciality medical system.


Leslie Versweyveld

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