California Hospital Orders KODAK PACS, CR, Information Management Solutions
KODAK CARESTREAM Enterprise Information Management Solution to Support Central Database for Medical Records
ROCHESTER, N.Y., September 28 -- The healthcare industry’s conversion to electronic systems for image capture and information management began with large teaching hospitals—but today’s modular, scalable platforms deliver digital efficiency to small and mid-size community hospitals as well. A perfect example is the recent order by Oak Valley Hospital (Oakdale, Calif.) for a picture archiving and communications system (PACS), enterprise information management solution and computed radiography (CR) systems from Eastman Kodak Company’s Health Group.
KODAK DIRECTVIEW CR 850 and 950 Systems will provide digital image capture for general radiography exams in the hospital’s radiology department and outpatient imaging center, KODAK DIRECTVIEW PACS System 5 will manage, store and distribute images from CR and other imaging modalities for diagnosis and clinical review, and a KODAK CARESTREAM Enterprise Information Management Solution will provide cost-effective, centralized management of medical information across the healthcare enterprise.
As part of the new digital workflow, the hospital will scan pertinent prior radiographic films as patients come in for exams, so that these images can be viewed on soft copy along with the current images, according to Paul Brown, the hospital’s Director of Radiology.
“Digitizing films as needed is an efficient way to move existing images to our new digital system, while simultaneously reducing the size of our film library,” he said. The hospital also plans to scan other paper-based patient records such as laboratory test results and billing and insurance documents to create an electronic medical record.
While the PACS manages images and related information, Kodak’s Enterprise Information Management (EIM) Solution will provide a central database and manage records across all departments and functions of the hospital.
“Kodak’s EIM solution can provide intelligent content management of all patient medical records, which is a key element in our long-term information management strategy,” said David Rodrigues, the hospital’s Director of Information Technology Services. “A centralized management platform reduces overall operating expenses by eliminating the capital expense of separate departmental information systems and the personnel and funding required to maintain and manage these systems.”
Kodak’s PACS platform features an open, standards-based architecture that easily integrates with other healthcare applications including radiology and hospital information systems. Its modular design offers built-in scalability to address the needs of hospitals, diagnostic imaging centers and other healthcare facilities of all sizes.
KODAK CARESTREAM Information Management Solutions manage storage and access to DICOM and other information distributed across multiple sites, storage platforms and architectures associated with clinical and back office systems. These solutions can also support automatic and intelligent information lifecycle management that is customized to the requirements of each healthcare facility. The Information Management Solutions portfolio includes Enterprise Information Management, Hosted Information Management and Regional Information Management.
KODAK CARESTREAM Solutions employ Kodak’s extensive capabilities in data archiving, image and information management, secure communications, network design and implementation, business continuity planning and workflow consulting services.
About Kodak’s Health Group
Kodak’s Health Group, with 2004 revenues of $2.68 billion, supplies the medical and dental professions with traditional and digital imaging and information systems. Its portfolio includes picture archiving and communications systems (PACS), radiology information systems (RIS), IT solutions, clinical information solutions, computed and digital radiography systems, laser imagers, mammography and oncology systems, x-ray film systems, and dental imaging products. Its services portfolio includes everything from repair and maintenance, to professional services encompassing integration, storage and archiving, secure e-mail services – and much more.
Kodak’s other major businesses include: Graphic Communications – providing customers with a range of solutions for prepress, traditional and digital printing, and document scanning and multi-vendor IT services; Digital & Film Imaging Systems – providing consumers, professionals and cinematographers with digital and traditional products and services; and Display & Components – supplying original equipment manufacturers with imaging sensors as well as intellectual property and materials for the organic light-emitting diode (OLED) and LCD display industries.
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