Healthcare News February 12, 2012

  • Peake Healthcare Innovations to Debut New Medical Imaging Management Strategy at HIMSS 2012

    The joint venture, created in March 2011, combines the strengths of two recognized industry leaders – Harris, an international communications and information technology company, and Johns Hopkins Medicine, a recognized leader in healthcare. Peake has leveraged both organizations’ expertise to develop a secure, reliable cross-enterprise image archiving system which hosts industry-best viewing and workflow applications. By moving processing and storage to the cloud, the end result is a solution that facilitates secure sharing of image data within and across enterprise boundaries, while reducing costs, providing choice, and improving care delivery for providers.

    Joint Venture of Harris Corp. and Johns Hopkins Medicine to Provide Transformative Cloud Solutions

    BALTIMORE—Peake Healthcare Innovations, a joint venture between industry leaders Harris Corporation and Johns Hopkins Medicine, announced today a new approach to medical image management. With its PeakeSecure™ cloud archiving platform, Peake is providing complete managed service solutions from the cloud to assist healthcare providers with the complex challenge of storing and managing medical images and related healthcare information.

    “Peake is combining the clinical and healthcare IT expertise of Johns Hopkins Medicine with the secure technologies of Harris to bring a unique and disruptive image management solution to the market”

    The joint venture, created in March 2011, combines the strengths of two recognized industry leaders – Harris, an international communications and information technology company, and Johns Hopkins Medicine, a recognized leader in healthcare. Peake has leveraged both organizations’ expertise to develop a secure, reliable cross-enterprise image archiving system which hosts industry-best viewing and workflow applications. By moving processing and storage to the cloud, the end result is a solution that facilitates secure sharing of image data within and across enterprise boundaries, while reducing costs, providing choice, and improving care delivery for providers.

    “Peake is combining the clinical and healthcare IT expertise of Johns Hopkins Medicine with the secure technologies of Harris to bring a unique and disruptive image management solution to the market,” says Adam Zaricki, CEO, Peake Healthcare Innovations. “Through the strength of our joint venture along with our exceptional technology partners, we are the first to bring a trusted cloud solution that addresses the complex challenges faced by healthcare providers in managing the growing volumes of imaging data.”

    Peake’s unique solutions are designed to host clinical viewing tools so that participating hospitals or healthcare systems can virtualize the clinical desktop at the point of care. PeakeSecure serves as a launching pad for best-in-class third party applications for diagnostic workflow, enterprise clinical viewing, advanced visualization, analytics, research, and other important systems integrations. Peake’s cross-enterprise solutions also facilitate the inclusion of medical images within Health Information Exchanges (HIEs).

    Peake Healthcare Innovations will be demonstrating its solutions in the Harris booth, #834 Hall A, at the Healthcare Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS) 2012 Annual Meeting in Las Vegas, February 21-24. For a product demonstration or to speak with a Peake representative during HIMSS, e-mail info@peakehealthcare.com or visit www.peakehealthcare.com.

    Additionally, Peake’s Chief Technology Officer and co-founder Jim Philbin, Ph.D, and the Chief Technology Officer of Harris Healthcare, Andrew Lee, Ph.D, will be presenting Taking Medical Imaging into the Cloud on Wednesday, February 22 from 8:30 – 9:30 a.m. in room Titian 2203 at the Venetian Sands Expo Center during HIMSS.

    About Peake Healthcare Innovations

    Peake Healthcare Innovations is an information technology company providing health information and medical image management solutions for global markets. A joint venture of Harris Corporation (NYSE:HRS) and Johns Hopkins Medicine, Peake offers transformative, cloud-based medical image management solutions and services that deliver security, high performance and reliability at lower cost. The PeakeSecure™ cloud archiving platform facilitates the aggregation and sharing of medical images across all PACS within a multi-facility enterprise, while providing a choice of integrated best-in-class viewing applications. The solution leverages secure, multi-site replication, advanced master person index (MPI) technologies, and standards-based architectures to deliver highly reliable services. Peake is building a connected community that for the first time enables choice, while advancing information accessibility and reliability for all. To learn more, visit www.peakehealthcare.com.

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    3. GE Healthcare Announces New Clinical Research Management Solution

  • WellStar Health System Selects Merge Healthcare for Enterprise-Wide Cardiology Image Management

    Merge Cardio is an enterprise-level image and information system that integrates patient information from different sources into a centralized web-based system so cardiologists can quickly access their patient’s complete cardiology file, generate a report and distribute it in a single session, from anywhere.

    Merge Cardio integrates with the industry’s leading health information systems and electronic health records systems for interoperable image exchange, a key component of an overall strategy to provide secure and timely access to patient information regardless of location and affiliation.

    Scalable Image Management Solution Addresses Future Growth Needs; Reduces Patient Care Costs

    CHICAGO, Feb. 8, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Merge Healthcare (Nasdaq:MRGE), a leading provider of enterprise imaging and interoperability solutions, today announced that WellStar Health System, a 1,300+ bed healthcare system in Atlanta, will implement the Merge Cardio solution across its five hospitals and eight outpatient locations to create an integrated and scalable enterprise-wide imaging platform.

    “As imaging volume grows across a large multi-location enterprise like WellStar, it’s increasingly important to have a cardiology image management system that includes a high-availability archive solution that replicates at the application level between two separate data centers,” said Jeff Surges, CEO, Merge Healthcare. “Without it, you risk major system failure and costly enterprise-level management. The Merge Cardio solution is a vendor neutral, standards-based image management solution that allows WellStar to select any cardiovascular image modality brand without the concern of compatibility issues.”

    Merge Cardio is an enterprise-level image and information system that integrates patient information from different sources into a centralized web-based system so cardiologists can quickly access their patient’s complete cardiology file, generate a report and distribute it in a single session, from anywhere.

    Merge Cardio integrates with the industry’s leading health information systems and electronic health records systems for interoperable image exchange, a key component of an overall strategy to provide secure and timely access to patient information regardless of location and affiliation.

    Additionally, because Merge Cardio is a robust imaging and diagnostic workstation that supports all modalities, it enables improved workflow so that cardiologists can focus on patient care, procedures and exams, and the cardiology department can operate more efficiently and cost effectively.

    About Merge Healthcare

    Merge Healthcare is a leading provider of enterprise imaging and interoperability solutions, with a client base consisting of more than 1,500 hospitals and 6,000 clinics across the country. Merge solutions facilitate the sharing of images to create a more effective and efficient electronic healthcare experience for patients and physicians. Merge provides enterprise imaging solutions for radiology, cardiology, orthopaedics and eye care; a suite of products for clinical trials; software for financial and pre-surgical management, and applications that fuel the largest modality vendors in the world. Merge’s products have been used by healthcare providers, vendors and researchers worldwide to improve patient care for more than 20 years. Additional information can be found at www.merge.com.

    The Merge Healthcare logo is available at http://www.globenewswire.com/newsroom/prs/?pkgid=10757

    About WellStar

    WellStar Health System is a not-for-profit system recognized as a national leader in comprehensive care. Staying ahead of the curve in technology has enabled WellStar to be leaders in both the diagnosis and treatment of an extensive array of health conditions. Serving a population of more than one million residents of NW metropolitan Atlanta, WellStar consistently looks at total patient wellness and works to ensure that all systems support that focus. With industry awards ranging from Integrated Delivery Networks to Working Mother Magazine’s Best Places to Work, WellStar strives to provide the best care possible with Atlanta’s top medical professionals. Specialists and primary care providers work in a multi-disciplinary environment with more than 12,000 diverse team members throughout our five hospitals and physician offices. By working through a patient-centered model of care, WellStar places enormous value on quality and safety with many accolades to support our work.

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  • Karos Health Signs Agreement to Deploy Rialto in the Largest Diagnostic Imaging Repository Project in Ontario Canada

    Karos Health, a leader in standards-based clinical information exchange and storage solutions, announced today it has signed an agreement with CGI Group Inc. to deploy Rialto Discover, a ready-made solution built on the Rialto clinical information exchange and storage platform. This news follows the recent eHealth Ontario, Canada Health Infoway and CGI announcements regarding the Diagnostic Imaging repository (DI-r) solution that will benefit 1.5 million patients and 10,000 clinicians.

    The Greater Toronto Area (GTA) West DI-r Project (“GTA West DI-r”) is a joint initiative by a consortium of 20 health care facilities that span the GTA West and central Ontario.

    Key facts:

    • Largest Ontario DI-r project, expected to exceed three million exams annually
    • First project in Ontario to use Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE®) Cross-Enterprise Document Sharing for Imaging (XDS-I.b) to facilitate sharing of diagnostic imaging results
    • Co-funded by Canada Health Infoway and eHealth Ontario

    Karos Health will deploy Rialto Discover, which provides the critical capabilities to enable the GTA West DI-r to share diagnostic imaging studies and reports across the 20 participating health care facilities.  Rialto Discover indexes all clinical content for future discovery and retrieval and manages the cross referencing of patient identifiers between different institutions.  Both function to ensure that all of a patient’s clinical information is available to any authorized physician within the 20 health care facilities when needed.

    Rialto Discover is based on the latest Cross-Enterprise Document Sharing (XDS.b) and Cross-Enterprise Document Sharing for Imaging (XDS-I.b) integration profiles from IHE and supports the Pan-Canadian Interoperability Standards in accordance with the Canada Health Infoway blueprint.

    “We are proud to be chosen to provide the GTA West DI-r project with our products and services. This is an exciting project and a unique opportunity for us to demonstrate the capabilities we can offer organizations to build exchange networks based on our Rialto platform and IHE XDS,” says Rick Stroobosscher, President of Karos Health. “We are excited to work with our partners to deliver an open standards based imaging exchange network in our province,” he added.

    About the GTA West DI-r

    The GTA West DI-r is one of four shared diagnostic imaging repositories in Ontario and will be the largest with three million exams annually. The GTA West DI-r will be the first project in Ontario to use IHE XDS to facilitate sharing of diagnostic imaging exams and results. The GTA West DI-r is co-funded by eHealth Ontario and Canada Health Infoway.

    About University Health Network

    University Health Network consists of Toronto General, Toronto Western and Princess Margaret Hospitals, and Toronto Rehabilitation Institute. The scope of research and complexity of cases at University Health Network has made it a national and international source for discovery, education and patient care. It has the largest hospital-based research program in Canada, with major research in cardiology, transplantation, neurosciences, oncology, surgical innovation, infectious diseases, genomic medicine and rehabilitation medicine. University Health Network is a research hospital affiliated with the University of Toronto.

    About eHealth Ontario

    eHealth Ontario plays the leading role in harnessing technology and innovation to improve patient care, safety and access in support of the government’s health strategy. The agency is responsible for implementing the government’s ehealth agenda and creating electronic health records for Ontarians.

    About Canada Health Infoway

    Canada Health Infoway (Infoway) is an independent, not-for-profit organization funded by the federal government. Infoway jointly invests with every province and territory to accelerate the development and adoption of information and communications technology projects in Canada. Fully respecting patient confidentiality, these secure systems will provide clinicians and patients with the information they need to better support safe care decisions and manage their own health. Accessing this vital information quickly will help foster a more modern and sustainable health care system for all Canadians.

    About Karos Health

    Karos Health is focused on elevating the quality of patient care by enabling the sharing and storing of clinical information. Karos’ Rialto platform empowers healthcare enterprises to enable cross community access to information, facilitating collaboration between healthcare providers and patients. Rialto is based on open standards that ensure safe and secure handling of patient health information and is backed by a team with decades of experience in healthcare interoperability. For more information about Karos, visit www.karoshealth.com.

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  • Dems claim victory in birth-control fight despite Obama shift

    The fierce debate over women’s access to contraception is far from over this year, but Democrats this week are claiming victory in the fight’s early round.

    The Democratic National Committee (DNC) on Saturday shot an email to supporters highlighting President Obama’s recent plan to provide female workers – even those employed by Catholic hospitals, universities and charities – free access to birth control.

    An angry backlash against an earlier version of that plan led Obama to tweak the proposal Friday by shifting the cost burden for contraceptives from the church-backed employers to the insurance companies. 

    “President Obama has set a standard that every woman has a right to contraception coverage at no additional cost,” the DNC email says, “and he’s done it in a way that respects religious freedoms.”

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