A new web-based cardiology PACS that offers a single integrated platform for diagnosis, image review and reporting for echocardiography, cardiac catheterisation and nuclear cardiology procedures as well as electrocardiogram management was launched by Carestream Health. The CARESTREAM Cardiology PACS will be available by the end of September and one institution in Europe, Groene Hart Ziekenhuis in Gouda, has already placed an advance order for implementation of the platform in October 2009. The cardiology PACS enables the providers to consolidate isolated cardiac lab systems into a centralised 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. Along with easy access to prior examinations, clinicians benefit from convenient and productive review of multiple cardiac studies and results.
Carestream Health’s new cardiology PACS integrates seamlessly with the company’s radiology PACS, allowing healthcare providers to use the same workstation for diagnostic reading and clinical review of cardiology and radiology studies. 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; comprehensive measurement tools for echocardiography applications, including the ability to import measurements taken at the modality; an ECG management solution that includes a time-saving worklist and the ability to integrate to multi-vendor ECG carts; catheterisation 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 localiser tool, as well as viewing and reporting tools; and consolidated provision of low cost due to information management. 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.