Navajo Indian hospitals to benefit from latest teleradiological imaging technology

Hudson 23 November 1999MedTel Systems Inc. of West Berlin, New Jersey and Howtek Inc. announced an award to MedTel by the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Navajo Area Indian Health Service, to provide, install and support an advanced twelve-site telemedicine system for the Navajo Area Indian Health Service. Navajo Area I.H.S. is the major health care provider on the Navajo Nation. The Navajo Nation forms the largest reservation-based Indian tribe in the United States and has the biggest Indian reservation, that encompasses more than 26,000 square miles.


Employing RadWorks 5.0 medical imaging software developed by Applicare Medical Imaging B.V. and an initial twelve Howtek MultiRAD 450 radiological film digitisers, the system will connect rural health centres and hospitals throughout the Navajo Nation, which is geographically located in north-western New Mexico, north-eastern Arizona, and southern Utah. The Navajo Area I.H.S. health care delivery system includes 6 hospitals, 7 health centres, and numerous health stations and school clinics, which are offered in collaboration with the tribal community health system.

Applicare's RadWorks software is a Windows NT-based solution used globally for diagnostic viewing, Web-enabled access and viewing, data acquisition, printing, archiving, teleradiology, and picture archiving and communications systems, referred to as PACS. Combining sophisticated functionality with a consistent, easy to understand user interface, the modular architecture of RadWorks permits each system to be configured to the user's specific needs and requirements.

Howtek's MultiRAD radiological film digitizers can be distinguished by their proprietary, solid state, and high energy "Red LED" illumination technology. Howtek's novel "third generation" film digitisation technology utilises 56-point self-calibration and a spectrally matched optical system to penetrate dense areas of radiological films, as well as achieve an image quality superior to earlier fluorescent lamp illuminator designs. The Howtek company designs, engineers, and equally manufactures digital image scanners, film digitisers and related software for applications in the medical imaging, graphic arts, and photographic markets.

MedTel Systems, as a Regional Systems Integrator of Applicare and Howtek products, provides a comprehensive range of medical imaging & information systems design, specification, integration and support services. Mr. George Wolfe, President of MedTel, noted that the scope of the Navajo Area Indian Health Services project makes it one of the most ambitious and sophisticated teleradiology systems in the United States.

MedTel President Wolfe is proud to have been awarded this contract, as the result of an extensive analysis of competitive alternatives by the Navajo Area Indian Health Service Division of Biomedical Engineering. He is convinced that the combination of MedTel's expertise and support capabilities, coupled with "best of class" medical imaging offerings from Applicare and Howtek will provide an exceptional telemedicine solution to the Navajo Area Indian Health Service. You can find out more on the expertise of Applicare Medical Imaging in the VMW article GE Medical Systems to fetch in medical software technology with Applicare Medical Imaging in the July 1999 issue.

Leslie Versweyveld

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