Februaury 2007


Advanced Techno-care with Quality Medcare

Medcare Hospital, a new 90,000 sq feet multi-specialty hospital in the heart of New Dubai, will start functioning from mid-February of 2007. Of course, the hospital built with an investment of Rs. 120 crore, will provide advanced medical, surgical, emergency and maternity care services, but what is more news worthy is the fact that this hospital has gone for e-Health in a big way, with wireless Internet facility in all its patient’s rooms. According to Dr. Azad Moopen, the Chairman of the hospital, it will be a paperless hospital with online imaging, investigation processing and prescribing facilities.

The hospital has tele-radiology enabled scanning and image transfer systems which will enable the doctors to read scans and X-rays online, even when they are at home or travelling. Not only that, the surgery rooms and conference hall of the Medcare Hospital are equipped with telemedicine facility, which will give the doctors of the hospital to do real time interaction with medical professionals around the world through video conferencing. It can be safely said that this multi-specialty hospital will facilitate to give an added thrust to the e-Health scenario of the Middle-East.

Malaysian hospital to upgrade its clinical information system

Integrated Medical Systems (IMS), a company based in the Australian state of Queensland, engaged in healthcare and laboratory software, has entered in to an e-Health deal with Hospital Universitit Kebansaan of Malaysia. The deal entails that IMS will provide their web-based Caring Hospital Enterprise System solution to upgrade the Hospital Universitit Kebansaan’s existing clinical information system.

The upgraded system will provide a holistic e-Health solution, allowing doctors at the Malaysian hospital to place orders, review patients’ medical history, order tests, examine clinical conditions, and provide medication, all timely, efficiently and through online. The ICT solutions of IMS will relieve the doctors of the administrative rigmaroles and paperwork, and allow him/her to focus their valuable time on the patients.  The new solution will plug in directly to the hospital’s existing software to assist in a smooth transition for the hospital staff. However, it is not the first time that the IMS and Hospital Universitit Kebansaan of Malaysia have entered upon a partnership. IMS has previously provided solutions to the hospital to meet advanced technology needs of pathology, laboratory, blood, radiology and imaging departments.

KL Heart Care goes into the ICT mode

KL Heart Care, a Kuala Lumpur based state-of-the-art heart and cancer care center having the distinction of being a MSC status company, has recently entered upon   RM3milllion partnership with i-Tech Network Solutions. The partnership will see i-Tech Network Solutions providing IT infrastructure solutions and services for KL Heart Care’s latest facilities in Kuala Lumpur. This project is scheduled to take off in the first quarter of 2007.

According to Dr. Mohammad Rafiq, the CEO of KL Heart Care, the new facilities at KL Heart Care would provide screening facilities, x-ray facilities and mammography. The super-specialty hospital is expecting to have 50 to 100 users for its latest facilities on a daily basis. Among the users of its latest facilities, foreigners from ASEAN and Middle-East region are also expected. No wonder, KL Heart Care has also assistance from the Malaysian Tourism Ministry’s special fund to promote health tourism. According to Rafiq, KL Heart Care is also exploring the possibility of partnering with a local university for the provision of radiology services. “In this facility, there would be one or two consulting specialists. The main crux of the services is to have medical notes for web-based health records for easy access,” he said.

Tieto Enator strengthens its Swedish presence

TietoEnator, which is the leading healthcare and welfare ICT solution provider in the Nordic region and one of the leading IT services providers in Europe, has entered into a strategic tie-up. Recently the conglomerate has acquired the entire share capital in the Swedish healthcare IT provider Provisio AB. The latter specializes in operating room information systems and has made a name for itself with its operation theatre solution named Anaesthesia EPR., which is fully integrated with OT and will be piloted by the University Hospital in Lund, Sweden. The agreement will see TietoEnator broaden its product portfolio and strengthen its position in the Swedish healthcare market.

Says Jan B. Andersson, Head of Tieto Enator , Healthcare & Welfare in Sweden, “We expect this market segment to expand in the coming years, both in Sweden and internationally. By this acquisition, TietoEnator will strengthen and broaden its offering for operation room information systems.” Per Warg�us, the Founder of Provisio AB also expressed his happiness over this tie-up and said that, “We have now found the perfect partner. I am very confident that together we will be a stronger choice for our customers and employees.”

Agfa HealthCare gives a fillip to Tuscany’s health informatics

Agfa HealthCare, a part of the Agfa-Gevaert Group, has been providing advanced imaging and healthcare IT systems & services for clinical specialties and healthcare facility management across the globe. The conglomerate has recently announced  that it is launching the second phase of the Tuscan Medical Technology (TMT) hospital digitization project, in which it will install its integrated Radiology Information System (RIS) solution in the hospitals of the central Tuscany region. The first phase of the project, which included the installation of Agfa’s CR solutions, has  for a large part been successfully completed.

The central Tuscany region comprises five hospital groups, and together, they count more than 1300 general practitioners and some 180 padiatricians who perform more than 1,300,000 examinations per year. The first and second phases of the TMT project – which is part of the larger IDIT project (Informatizzazione della Diagnostica di Immagine in Toscana) – are part of a contract of partnership between Agfa HealthCare and Area Vasta Centro; the central health region in Tuscany. The contract with Agfa HealthCare was signed in the second half of January 2006.

The TMT project is one of the most important RIS/PACS projects in Europe, with a total tender amount of 45 million euros. In just nine months, more than half of the imaging activities in Tuscany’s Area Vasta Centro region were migrated to a fully digital environment and integrated in the planned RIS/PACS environment.

The next phase of the project, in which Agfa HealthCare will install its web-based RIS solution in the twelve hospitals of the region, is now starting. The RIS system, when implemented and fully integrated to the hospitals’ PACS system, will greatly enhance patient and exam workflow and permit authorized users to access information available anywhere and at any time.

“With an annual average of over one million examinations, it is vital for the medical staff in the Area Vasta Centro region to go digital. It will allow them to increase the operational efficiency substantially. In addition, the installation of Agfa’s RIS will result in a considerable cost reduction for the radiology departments,” said Riccardo Ferraris, Sales Manager, Agfa HealthCare Italy.  In the final phase of the project, which is currently planned for July 2008, all twelve hospitals of the Area Vasta Centro region will be linked.

ICW and CISCO bags the NHIF project

Bulgaria’s pilot project for national electronic health card has a fairly broad ambit. It includes three 1000 patients, five pharmacies and three general practitioners. The Bulgarian National Health Insurance Fund (NHIF) has assigned the implementation of the pilot project to ICW (InterComponentWare Inc.) and CISCO. InterComponentWare Inc is a leading international player in the field of e-Health with presence across Germany, Bulgaria, Austria, Switzerland and the USA, while CISCO is a global leader in routing and network security solutions.

The pilot project for the national electronic health card will take off in a municipality of Bulgaria, and there the participating physicians and patients will identify themselves with their cards during consultation. The system will then automatically establish an online connection to check the current insurance status of the patient and his presence in the patient list of the physician. All these will not only lessen the administrative burden of the physician, but will also prevent the misuse of stolen or lost ecards.

Through electronic health cards, the concerned physicians will also be able to issue digitally signed electronic prescriptions to be   stored on the card and prescription server, which will eliminate the possibility of misreading an illegible prescription by a given pharmacist, and thereby administering a wrong drug in the process. Moreover, the electronic prescription will also ensure that only medications that are compatible with a given patient’s other drugs and diseases will be administered.

A feather in the cap for Medify Solutions Limited

Medify Solutions Limited has announced that it has been awarded Vodafone certified application status for its MedifyRemote� application. Here it deserves a mention that Medify Solutions group, which is at the forefront of the technology revolution in patient care with operations across EU, is involved in marketing and delivery of leading edge mobile solutions for the healthcare market. MedifyRemote� is probably the first application of its type and allows healthcare professionals mobile access to review and update a patient’s medical history records in a single, secure session via a standard Microsoft Windows mobile PDA/phone device. The application offers no interference with the existing device functions, enabling one device to be utilised for telephone, email, calendar, internet access; as well as patient note functions.

In order to achieve Vodafone Certified status, MedifyRemote� underwent technical evaluation by Vodafone UK. As a certified application, Medify Solutions Limited now has access to Vodafone UK’s technical expertise and will be recommended to appropriate customers by Vodafone UK’s account managers.  MedifyRemote� will now be identified by the “Vodafone Certified Application” brand logo. Vodafone UK, which offers a wide range of voice and data communications, has 16.3 million customers. With this, MedifyRemote� joins a number of other certified application developers in the Vodafone UK applications portfolio, which have developed solutions ranging from telematics and sales solutions to tools,  that replicate the functionality or content from the desktop environment on to the mobile device.  

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