July 2009

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WHO puts world on swine flu alert

With 74 countries reporting 27,737 cases of infection, including 141 deaths, the World Health Organization (WHO) has declared influenza A (H1N1), also known as swine flu, a pandemic. The global health body has moved swine flu to the final phase-6 stage on its six-point pandemic scale.

India has 15 confirmed influenza A (H1N1) cases, with infections confirmed in seven people in Hyderabad, five in Delhi, two in Coimbatore and one in Goa. Of these, two are localized infections, where passengers from the US infected family members in India.

Admitting that the severity may vary from country to country, the WHO clarified that a single assessment may not be relevant to all countries, but it would serve as a broad indicator for travel.

Canadian Organization Awards Carestream Health’s RIS

Radiology Information System by Carestream Health received an award for ‘Exceptional New Product or Service’ from the Innovation and Technology Association of Prince Edward Island (ITAP) in Canada. It was a form of recognition of the innovative technologies and development methodologies of the company’s RIS platform, as well as its worldwide sales and support. Local information technology companies that contribute to the economy and the IT industry through technology adoption and product development are recognized by ITAP’s annual awards.

RIS features include time-saving features including structured reporting, standard answers, and the ability to copy content from prior reports. The RIS platform supports voice-driven commands that allow users to create a report without using a keyboard or mouse. This platform also facilitates communication with colleagues through built-in critical results notification, and supports peer review and emergency department discrepancy workflows.

Ministry of Health in  India planning to issue e-Health cards to new borns

Dinesh Trivedi, Union Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare, Government of India has mentioned that ministry is considering issuing of e-Health cards to all new borns in the country. The ministry wants to lay emphasis on introducing right to health for all. It was described that every new born baby would be given an e-Health card which would include all the details related to the child such as the birth time, weight, blood group, how many vaccines have been administered, etc.; in short it would be a complete health profile of the child.

iSOFT Launches Its New Diagnostic Imaging PACS Solution

iSOFT recently introduced its new iSOFT PACS (Picture Archiving and Communications Solution), enhancing its global portfolio of IT products designed to create a seamless Electronic Health Record.

The iSOFT PACS will integrate with existing solutions, including iSOFT’s Radiology Information System (RIS) and Hospital Information System (HIS). The PACS is also embedded as part of LORENZO, iSOFT’s next-generation health IT solution to electronically connect patient records across the full spectrum of healthcare provision.

iSOFT offers clinicians in both public and private radiology and cardiology departments one of the most technically and functionally advanced PACS solutions available that addresses Medical Image Repository needs. Offered as a standalone product or as part of an existing system, iSOFT PACS was designed as a cost-effective, easily deployable and upgradeable solution with multi-site scalability.

In partnership with software developer CDP Medical Developments Ltd., iSOFT now has a diagnostic imaging solution with the functionality, architecture and flexibility to successfully compete on both functional and commercial terms. Together with the company’s RIS, which is installed in more than 270 sites, iSOFT will be able to leverage its expertise and complementary imaging systems across its global footprint.

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