May 2010

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SoftLink International Conducts Angio Review Session at CSI PTCA Registry 2010

Annual PTCA Registry 2010 was conducted in Bhubneshwar, where about 300 Cardiologist from all over India Participated, debated and discussed their Clinical experiences, Peculiar cases, complications etc. The ‘angiography review session’ is a “highlight’ of the scientific meeting and a challenge in itself to manage.

Usually these sessions ‘drag’ the schedule of the conference and invariably run into delays as people bring in CDs in various formats, Films, Laptop etc. and as an organizer it is very difficult to juggle all these and still keep conference on time.

SoftLink International with its rich expertise to design products in medical imaging has developed a DICOM Imaging suite to cater the requirement of such conference. A networked solution was installed with a Server and couple of workstation at the Conference Venue. All the angio CDs, received from over 100 centers in India were uploaded, sorted and categorized under clinical sessions like, “Chronic Total Occlusion”, “Angioplasty during MI” etc. This categorization and uploading of angio CDs on a unified DICOM platform helped manage the show very efficiently.

As a result of deployment of HCP DICOM Net, a cardiac imaging network, the conference and the angiography session turned out to be a ‘resounding success’!

Sussex Partnership signs deal with iSoft

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust has signed a five-year deal with iSoft that includes an option for it to become an early adopter of Lorenzo. The trust has renewed its deal for iSoft Patient Management (formerly known as iPatient Manager or iPM). As part of the deal, iSoft will install the latest version of the application and support it for up to five years. It will also “consider the option in the next six months of becoming iSoft’s first UK-based Lorenzo early adopter outside the National Programme for IT in the NHS.”

Carestream Health India announces first installation of it’s innovative CARESTREAM DRX 1 system in India at Breach Candy Hospital

Carestream Health India announced the upgrade of the radiography diagnostic unit at Mumbai’s leading hospital – the Breach Candy Hospital, with the installation of the latest digital radiography system -the DRX-1, world’s first wireless DR Detector.

The Breach Candy Hospital is known for its medical expertise, patient care and quality diagnostics. Specialists on the hospital’s roster of doctors include some of the most distinguished names in the Indian medical profession. The Radiology Centre at Breach Candy Hospital is always at the forefront of technology and patient convenience, quality.

During their more than decade-long association with Carestream Health (earlier the Health Group of Kodak India) the hospital’s radiology centre installed several breakthrough imaging solutions. In year 2001 Breach Candy Hospital was the first facility in India to install a Carestream Health CR system. This year, they are also taking the lead in adopting Carestream Health’s DR technology with the installation of the world’s first wireless DR detector.

The Carestream DRX-1 System incorporates a console and a wireless cassette-size digital radiography (DR) detector that provides a rapid conversion to digital radiography for users of radiographic film or computed radiography (CR) systems. It requires no modifications to existing analog equipment – which results in very low installation costs and a healthcare facility can utilize one detector for nearly all types of exams where a traditional cassette would be used. The DRX-1 system delivers high-quality preview images in less than five seconds, which significantly improves productivity, even for users of CR systems.

Being a wireless DR detector, the DRX-1 provides flexible positioning that enhances the efficiency of the radiology facility as well as patient comfort. Its extreme compact size and light weight further enhance convenience and throughput for radiology professionals. DRX 1 reduces patient’s radiation exposure by 25 % – 30 % compared to CR and conventional X ray system. The DRX-1 System is suitable for general radiology, trauma, orthopaedics and virtually all other x-ray exams.

Carestream Health, Inc. markets a broad portfolio of CR and DR systems that equips hospitals, outpatient imaging centers, orthopedic practices and other healthcare providers with digital image capture for x-ray imaging studies. Carestream Health’s laser imagers range from desktop systems designed for imaging centers, small hospitals and clinics to fully featured units designed for high volume, multi-modality output at hospitals of all sizes. These imagers offer output from PACS, CT, MRI, computed radiography and digital radiography systems, and other grayscale imaging applications.

In India, the Company’s Indian subsidiary Carestream Health India commenced independent operations in May 2007. Since then, the business has grown to over Rs 220 crore in 2009 Carestream Health India has a comprehensive portfolio of medical imaging and healthcare IT products, services, and solutions, as well as the latest in x-ray films, laser films, computed radiography (CR) systems and medical laser printers.

US Navy Implementing World’s Largest Telepharmacy System

The US Navy is in the midst of what’s billed as the largest telepharmacy implementation in history to help ease a shortage of pharmacists throughout the service. With technology from Mission, Kan.-based ScriptPro, a single pharmacist can supervise medication dispensing at multiple satellite pharmacies. With audio and video links, the supervising pharmacist can view original handwritten prescriptions, the medication being dispensed at the remote site and stored images of the prescribed drug to make sure the patient gets the right medication.

The pharmacist also can consult via video with patients.

Schiller India’s Transport Ventilator – UNI-VENT 731 Series

Schiller India, a leading Swiss Joint Venture Company in the field of Medical Diagnostics, has launched a new Transport Ventilator called “UNI-VENT 731 Series”.

It is designed for use on adults, children, as well as, infant patients. According to Mr. Hormazd Cooper, Vice President, Sales, Impact’s UNI-VENT 731 Series of Transport Ventilators provides the hospital feature packed compact ventilators that can be used in emergency services, ICU units & transport (ambulances including
air ambulances) applications, across a wide patient spectrum. The varied ventilation modes coupled with a friendly user interface and option of SpO2 monitoring offer the critical care specialists a powerful system of ventilating paitients in diverse conditions, with a full 10 hours battery pack-up.

Features of UNI-VENT 731 Series Can be used in ICU, emergency Rooms, transport, Air ambulances All standard modes of ventilation (Volume & Pressure) including Pressure support ventilation and Non-invasive ventilation High performance internal compressor with Battery backup Of 10 hours Fast Battery charging (charges 90% of battery in just 2 hours) Masimo SET SpO2 monitoring Altitude compensation ( up to 25000 ft) Smart Help Display Aero medical certified Weight 4.5 Kgs Schiller India is committed to provide state of the art medical diagnostic equipment
and services that are primarily used in the Critical Care, Cardiology, Radiology, Surgery, Spirometry and Telemedicine fields. Schiller has offices in over 32 locations in the sub-continent.

Siemens Introduces a Cockpit for Intervention Rooms

Siemens Healthcare presents the Artis zee Cockpit, a new workplace designed to significantly ease the tasks performed in the control room of radiology and cardiology interventional suites. The new Artis zee Cockpit can be used in combination with all angiography systems of the Artis zee family and is available on the market with immediate effect. Several screens side by side, each with its own mouse and keyboard. Until now, this has been the norm in the control room of interventional suites, where medical technicians support doctors during procedures and have to rush back and forth between the screens. The new workplace from Siemens gives a much clearer overview, since the Artis zee Cockpit’s 30-inch medical-grade monitor can display the content of up to six individual monitors. Images generated by the imaging system, video signals from the registration system and 3D images can now be viewed and processed using just the mouse and keyboard of the Artis zee Cockpit. This means that medical technicians no longer have to switch between workplaces, for example, when taking hemodynamic measurements, retrieving reference images from the database, uating intracardiac ECG data or reconstructing 3D images for the intervention. Artis zee is the product family name of Siemens systems used for interventional radiology and cardiology as well as for surgery and electrophysiology.

These systems are available in biplane, multi-axial, ceiling-mounted, floor-mounted, and multi-functional configurations, which means that they can be easily incorporated into any intervention room layout.

Toshiba Aquilion ONE Scans Entire Organ in Single Rotation

A new computed tomography (CT) scanner that provides physicians with precise images of internal organs with a single rotation of the gantry has been developed by Toshiba. The Toshiba Aquilion ONE 320-detector row CT system with pediatric imaging capabilities can image an entire organ in a single rotation or over multiple rotations, showing real-time dynamic movement and resulting in lower doses of radiation. The scanner, which is in operation at Stony Brook University Medical Center (SBUMC) in the US, safeguards children and teenagers from exposure to radiation, which is equivalent to 200 X-rays through typical CT scanners. Unlike other CT scanners, the new non-invasive scanner will allow physicians to not only see a 3D depiction of an organ, but also how the organ and blood flow are dynamically functioning or moving within and around the organ. The Aquilion ONE can reduce healthcare costs by performing functional studies, while reducing the amount of contrast material and radiation dose. The system often leads to a definitive diagnosis, and prevents some patients from further non-invasive and invasive testing such as nuclear stress test, cardiac catheterisation or coronary stenting.

The pharmacist also can consult via video with patients.

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