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Philips is first to bring adaptive intelligence to radiology, delivering a new approach to how radiologists see, seek and share patient information

  • Introduced at RSNA 2016, new health informatics technology uses data and contextual awareness to optimize the radiologist’s user experience, hanging protocols and workflow
  • Illumeo with adaptive intelligence makes sharing the most relevant patient data with colleagues or referring physicians easy, to support confident diagnoses to improve patient care

Amsterdam, the NetherlandsRoyal Philips (NYSE: PHG; AEX: PHIA) today announced the introduction of Illumeo, a new imaging and informatics technology with adaptive intelligence* that redefines and enhances how radiologists work with medical images. The intelligent software is the first to combine contextual awareness capabilities with advanced data analytics to augment the work of the radiologist. Its built-in intelligence records the radiologists’ preferences and adapts the user interface to assists the clinician by offering tool sets and measurements driven by the understanding of the clinical context. Illumeo aims to enable faster diagnoses, to drive well-informed care decisions and improved patient care. The new technology integrates with existing systems such as Philips IntelliSpace PACS and will eventually extend its workspace efficiency beyond radiology to other domains.

One single view for most relevant case-related information

The new Illumeo technology offers a radically new approach to how radiologists will see, seek and share clinical information, enabling them to provide an even more critical contribution to patient care. Through its Data Analytics Engine, the software provides the radiologist with the most relevant case-related information from various sources in one single view. This holistic ‘Patient Briefing’ includes the patient problem list**, laboratory results, prior radiology reports, imaging orders or scanned documents (such as handwritten referral letters from GPs and referring specialists) obtained from health information systems like the Electronic Medical Record (EMR) or Radiology Information Systems (RIS). It integrates and organizes this data and helps radiologists to bridge the stages of diagnosis to treatment to follow-up, while being able to rely on a current, comprehensive patient picture. 

“As the number of patients and complexity of care continues to increase, the amount of data and information we deal with on a daily basis is overwhelming,” said Dr. Eliot Siegel, Professor of Diagnostic Radiology for the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore, USA. “In order to help solve this problem, having solutions that streamline information and provide context to what is most relevant to a specific case is critical. This will provide a more efficient workflow, which is key to enabling quicker, more confident diagnoses.”

Anatomy-aware enables smart images and data presentation

Illumeo is also anatomy-aware. Built-in intelligence understands the anatomical context and thus what the radiologist is looking at on the screen. It then automatically suggests the right tool sets (such as tools for easy measurement and analysis of vessels) to help the radiologist focus on the diagnosis***. Its intelligent clinical Semantic Labelling Engine reads and analyses image tags and image series descriptions from a variety of vendors and provides automated semantic labelling with meaningful descriptions. It will make it easier and faster to retrieve specific relevant medical images, and manage their display and quantification. Illumeo is adapting to and remembering radiologists’ preferred hanging protocols: the complex process of organizing and displaying medical images for optimal examination, based on many variables such, modality, body part, available comparison images.

With Illumeo, the radiologist can also generate dynamic reports that can include 3D images or image quantifications based on minimal user input. This information integrates with PACS and can be accessed via EMR systems and can be shared as a multidisciplinary patient information dashboard across the hospital enterprises to facilitate collaboration. The report is designed to be shared with colleagues or the referring physicians and supports the transition of radiology into a ‘value-based’ care delivery model.

“Radiologists are central in the diagnosis process, with a critical role in definitive diagnostics and improvement of patient care,” said Jeroen Tas, CEO, Connected Care and Health Informatics, Philips. “By supporting clinicians with adaptive intelligence and providing health IT solutions to foster collaboration between multidisciplinary care teams, we aim to extend the power of their clinical expertise.”

Illumeo with adaptive intelligence’s main highlights include:

  • Contextual relevance – provides the radiologist with meaningful patient data via the ‘Patient briefing’ and is anatomy-aware, to suggest the right tools based on what the user is looking at.
  • Adaptive intelligence – allows for an intelligent, tailored user experience and workflow. It achieves this by recording and reproducing the user’s hanging protocols in a consistent manner.
  • Reduced variability – incorporates guidelines built into the system to remind radiologists of best practices and ultimately assist in standardizing care throughout the institution.
  • Extensibility – integrates easily within existing systems by leveraging the latest interoperability standards (such as HL7 FHIR, DICOM RESTful web service, etc.), in order to present relevant patient data. It is scalable—meaning the platform will grow with an institution as it evolves.  

The new technology will be showcased at booth # 6735 at the RSNA Annual Meeting, taking place Nov. 27 – Dec. 2, in Chicago, Ill. For more information on Philips integrated informatics solutions, visit our clinical informatics webpage.  For details on Philips presence at RSNA 2016, please visit www.philips.com/rsna and follow the conversation @PhilipsLiveFrom and the event hashtag, #RSNA16 for live updates throughout the event.

* Adaptive intelligence is seen as an emerging concept of combining domain specific models and knowledge (e.g. in the field of Radiology) and Artificial Intelligence to create an adaptive and contextual experience, anticipating users and augmenting their work. The current release of Philips Illumeo exhibits the first step into Adaptive Intelligence.

** Work in progress. Not available for sale in the U.S.A.

*** Anatomy awareness supports launch in context of ‘inspection modes’ enabling quantification on the fly suggesting quantification on the fly when hovering over veins. 

December 2, 2016 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

M*Modal Expands its Fluency for Imaging Reporting Suite to Improve Documentation Quality and Support the Move to Value-Based Care

Fluency for Imaging is the top-scoring front-end speech solution in the KLAS diagnostic sub-segment.

FRANKLIN, Tennessee, Nov. 24, 2015 – M*Modal, a leading provider of clinical documentation and Speech Understanding™ solutions, today announced that it will showcase improvements to its market-leading Fluency for Imaging™ reporting suite at RSNA 2015, booth #1729. M*Modal will demonstrate several new advancements that focus on improving the clinical quality of documentation and supporting the radiologist’s workflow as the industry moves towards value-based care.

To support the dual goals of payment modernization and improvement in clinical quality, M*Modal now offers an integrated solution to provide operational, clinical and financial metrics in real-time that will benefit the entire imaging enterprise. M*Modal’s new analytics offering, M*Modal ScoutTM, is integrated within Fluency for Imaging to optimize efficiency anduser experience.

M*Modal’s proven Computer-Assisted Physician Documentation (CAPD) functionality continues to help radiologists improve the quality and completeness of the report as they document the interpretation. The M*Modal closed-loop clinical documentation system delivers automated, evidence-based and true real-time feedback on, for example:

  • Critical findings with an integrated, automated Critical Test Result Management (CTRM) workflow
  • ICD-10 related specificity including acuity
  • Laterality and gender mismatches
  • Documentation completeness and best practices to support the ACR Imaging 3.0TMinitiative

The M*Modal software is continually updated with the latest documentation guidelines as more use cases are added to support radiologists in their reporting workflow.

Additionally, M*Modal is introducing the seventh generation of its cloud-based Speech Understanding engine which delivers superior out-of-the-gate speech recognition accuracy and performance.

“M*Modal’s voice recognition accuracy is outstanding, which allows me to read with continued focus.  In addition, the Computer-Assisted Physician Documentation (CAPD) real-time feedback has saved me many times from right/left mistakes and calmed my fears of ICD-10 documentation specificity,” said Dr. Arif S. Kidwai, M.D., MBA, President, St. Johns Radiology Associates, serving Flagler Hospital.

“We are excited to demonstrate new, innovative improvements to our market-leading solutions. M*Modal Imaging Solutions take into account every click, step and second because we know radiologists do. Our goal is to not only improve radiologists’ efficiency but also to provide them the right, summarized information so that they can make better decisions faster to improve patient outcomes,” said Scott MacKenzie, CEO of M*Modal.

To see the M*Modal Imaging Solutions suite at work, please visit booth #1729 at the RSNAAnnual Meeting from Nov. 29 to  Dec. 3 at the McCormick Place Convention Center in Chicago, Illinois.

About M*Modal

M*Modal is a leading healthcare technology provider of advanced clinical documentation solutions, enabling hospitals and physicians to enrich the content of patient electronic health records (EHR) for improved healthcare and comprehensive billing integrity. As one of the largest clinical transcription service providers in the U.S., with a global network of medical editors, M*Modal also provides advanced cloud-based Speech Understanding™ technology and data analytics that enable physicians and clinicians to include the context of their patient narratives into electronic health records in a single step, further enhancing their productivity and the cost-saving efficiency and quality of patient care at the point of care. For more information, please visit www.mmodal.com, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.

November 24, 2015 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

Konica Minolta Acquires Viztek to Enhance Healthcare IT Solution Capabilities

In an era of value-based care, companies will leverage strengths in Primary Imaging – Digital Radiography, Ultrasound and Healthcare IT – to support all healthcare market segments

Wayne, NJ, October 1, 2015 – Konica Minolta, Inc. today announced the completed acquisition of Garner, North Carolina based Viztek, LLC, a leading innovative healthcare company, through Konica Minolta Medical Imaging.  With this acquisition, Konica Minolta enhances its capabilities to offer comprehensive, end-to-end healthcare IT solutions from image acquisition to physician diagnosis. It also adds to the established strength and foothold of Konica Minolta in Primary Imaging and enhances their healthcare IT software solutions to better meet today’s market need for image sharing and viewing.

Konica Minolta is a $9 billion global company with a rapidly growing presence in the global healthcare market. Konica Minolta Medical Imaging has an established strength in Primary Imaging – Digital Radiography, Ultrasound, Healthcare IT and Services. Primary Imaging accounts for up to 70 percent of all images acquired, and is relied upon for initial diagnosis and to assess the need for advanced imaging. With today’s focus on value-based care, healthcare needs Primary Imaging Solutions to provide economic value, clinical confidence and worry free operation.

“The acquisition of Viztek will strengthen our healthcare IT solutions and broaden our Primary Imaging Solutions portfolio so that in turn we can enable our customers across all market segments to better meet the evolving healthcare requirements for Meaningful Use and value-based care,” said David Widmann, President and CEO, Konica Minolta Medical Imaging, the Americas.  “As we aim to significantly grow our business, we can now be further assured that we are responding to customers’ needs with healthcare solutions offered and supported by a single company.”

Viztek is a leading provider of complete digital software and hardware imaging solutions. The company’s innovation and foresight to leapfrog traditional healthcare technologies has propelled Vizteks’ leadership in healthcare IT. Most recently Viztek introduced its Exa platform for PACS, RIS and EHR systems, offering unprecedented access to images and information for radiologists and physicians, regardless of location, to support care delivery. Additionally the company has seen record sales for Digital Radiography in 2015, with new advancements in wireless technology along with dose efficient software for pediatrics.

“With the established footprint of Konica Minolta, Viztek can now rapidly expand by providing our Exa platform and our comprehensive range of proven digital imaging software to a much greater install base, including – for the first time – sites outside the U.S.A.,” said Josip Cermin, President, Viztek. “At Viztek our development has been nimble and our products truly innovative, and now a much larger segment of healthcare will have access to our current and future developments.”

Viztek’s strong presence and customer loyalty complements Konica Minolta’s customer base and healthcare solutions lineup across hospitals, outpatient clinics, imaging centers, and teleradiology. As part of the acquisition, 20/20 Imaging LLC, the partner company of Viztek LLC, will also become an autonomous subsidiary of Konica Minolta. Together, with an expanded product line-up, Konica Minolta, Viztek and 20/20 Imaging will continue to focus on the design and delivery of solutions that best meet healthcare’s needs.

About Konica Minolta Medical Imaging

Konica Minolta Medical Imaging is a world class provider and market leader in medical diagnostic primary imaging. With over 75 years of endless innovation, Konica Minolta is globally recognized as a leader providing cutting-edge technologies and comprehensive support aimed at providing real solutions to meet customer’s needs. Konica Minolta Medical Imaging, headquartered in Wayne, NJ, is a unit of Konica Minolta, Inc. (TSE: 4902).For more information on Konica Minolta Primary Imaging Solutions, please visit www.konicaminolta.com/medicalusa.

About Viztek

Viztek is a leading provider of complete digital software and hardware imaging solutions, backed by comprehensive training and support for the hospital, imaging center, telemedicine and private practice markets. Launching from the long-standing success of the company’s web-based Opal-RAD PACS and RIS imaging software, Viztek introduced Exa, a revolutionary new platform enabling zero footprint full-featured diagnostic viewing paired with server-side rendering for unbeatable speed. The company’s innovation in software is complemented by their comprehensive line of DR solutions, with panels that come in multiple configurations ranging from retrofit packages to complete new radiology rooms and mobile solutions. For more information, visit www.viztek.net.

October 2, 2015 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

DR Systems Awarded Seven New Patents

Leading Healthcare Imaging and IT Company Innovates in

Human-Computer Interaction and More Efficient Access to Information
SAN DIEGO, CA – DR Systems (www.drsys.com), a leader in healthcare imaging and information technologies, has recently been granted seven new U.S. patents. They cover technology ranging from intelligent access of medical information to human-computer interaction and image viewing. These patents, which were granted in 2014, demonstrate the company’s long record as an innovator in radiology and healthcare information technology.

“Many healthcare facilities rely on DR Systems to provide crucial technology that will keep them competitive in their market.” said Dr. Murray Reicher, CEO and Chairman of DR Systems. “We continue to develop new technologies that improve efficiency and accuracy of both image reading and overall healthcare information systems. That’s further demonstrated by our recent, industry-leading recognition as 2014 Best in KLAS for radiology software.”

Previously in 2013, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office awarded DR Systems five other patents. The additional seven new patents awarded in 2014 bring the company’s patent portfolio to a total of 23 patents to date, with another 30 patents pending.

Since its inception, DR Systems has led the industry with innovation such as the world’s first filmless imaging center, first filmless U.S. private hospital, first invention of hanging protocols, and first PACS with digital audio recording. The company’s more recent breakthroughs include “image shuffling,” “automated comparison reading mode,” “smart placement rules,” “auto-receive,” “pixel/voxel tracking,” “thin rules” and others.

DR Systems 2014 Patents

Title Patent #
1. Systems and Methods for Retrieval of Medical Data 8,626,527
2. Dual Technique Compression 8,630,501
3. Rules Based Approach to Transferring and/or Viewing Medical Images 8,712,120
4. Systems and Methods for Matching, Naming and Displaying Medical Images 8,731,259
5. Smart Placement Rules 8,751,268
6. Dynamic customizable human-computer interaction behavior 8,797,350
7. Intelligent dynamic preloading and processing 8,867,807

 

About DR Systems, Inc.

DR Systems designs the award-winning Unity Enterprise Imaging system (RIS, CVIS, PACS, Anatomic Pathology Reporting) and associated VNA, Disaster Recovery and Enterprise Viewing technology. The company’s cloud-based information systems include: eMix for medical image exchange, a complete certified ambulatory EHR, and an enterprise patient portal. The company’s passion for innovation and customer service has resulted inseven Best in KLAS PACS awards, far surpassing any other vendor. Since 1992, DR Systems has helped over 600 hospitals, healthcare facilities, and thousands of providersattain higher levels of clinical and financial success.KLAS® recognized DR Systems and its Unity PACS as the #1 ranked PACS vendor and software in 2001, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2011, and 2012.1  Unity RIS was ranked #1 Best in KLAS for Radiology in 2014. 1 For more information about the company, call 800-794-5955 or visit www.drsys.com.

February 9, 2015 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

LEXMARK ACQUIRES ACUO TECHNOLOGIES

  • Acuo Technologies is a leader in the vendor neutral archive software segment that resides within the high growth enterprise clinical management software and services market for the medical imaging industry
  • Lexmark’s Perceptive Software becomes the only vendor to own this technology and offer a solution that drives better patient care, an enhanced clinician experience and cost savings through a single, enterprise-wide and content-based medical record that is accessible via any electronic medical record (EMR) system
  • Acquisition continues to showcase Lexmark’s transition to being a key solutions provider to enterprise-sized businesses and organizations across the globe
  • Represents continuation of Lexmark’s stated capital allocation framework

LEXINGTON, Ky., Jan. 2, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Lexmark International, Inc. (NYSE: LXK) today announced the acquisition of Acuo Technologies, LLC, a recognized leader in high performance software and services for clinical content management, data migration and vendor neutral archives (VNA), for a cash purchase price of approximately $45 million. Acuo Technologies will become a part of Perceptive Software, a Lexmark company.

Acuo Technologies, when combined with Lexmark’s Perceptive Software healthcare software solutions, will enable customers to deploy a single, enterprise-wide access platform for clinical content via any electronic medical record (EMR) system.

Acuo Technologies’ Universal Clinical Platform (UCP) is a vendor neutral foundation that drives better care delivery through a patient-centric approach by consolidating medical images.

Acuo Technologies’ offerings include a single integration point for all medical imaging assets, lowering costs and risks through the UCP’s ability to work with different systems – enabling flexibility and efficiency across users and departments.

Many national governments, university medical centers, and urban and regional acute care centers and companies use Acuo Technologies’ software and services, primarily in North America and Europe.

Together, Perceptive Software and Acuo Technologies will offer a unique set of technologies to the healthcare sector—enterprise content management (ECM), VNA with clinical content viewing, and database conversion—that combine to manage the entire range of content within the healthcare enterprise. With this acquisition, Perceptive Software becomes the only vendor to own this technology in order to provide this powerful healthcare solution, driving better patient care, an enhanced clinician experience and cost savings through a single, enterprise-wide and content-based medical record that is accessible via any EMR system.

Lexmark retains a strong liquidity position with a long history of cash generation.

This acquisition illustrates Lexmark’s consistent execution of the company’s stated capital allocation framework. Lexmark’s capital allocation framework is to pursue acquisitions that support growth and increase software and solutions capabilities, while returning more than 50 percent of free cash flow to shareholders, on average, through quarterly dividends and share repurchases. Since mid-2011, Lexmark has returned to shareholders more than $500 million in the form of dividends and share repurchases.

Supporting Quotes:

“With the acquisition of Acuo Technologies, Lexmark is further strengthening and differentiating our industry-leading healthcare offerings as the healthcare IT market continues to expand at a rapid pace,” said Paul Rooke, Lexmark’s chairman and chief executive officer. “The four acquisitions we’ve completed in 2012 showcase Lexmark’s transition to being a key solutions provider to enterprise-sized businesses and organizations across the globe.”

“Perceptive Software’s rich process and content solution combined with Acuo Technologies’ Universal Clinical Platform will provide users a single, enterprise-wide view of all patient medical information from within the EMR system,” said Scott Coons, Perceptive Software president and chief executive officer and Lexmark vice president. “Physicians will have immediate access to all patient information—from prescriptions to x-rays, ultrasounds, CT scans and more—from directly within the EMR, regardless of the department in which it was conducted or the technology used to create and store it.

“This data is then presented in the context of the patient, so when the physician pulls up a patient record in the EMR, all clinical content living outside that record is presented,” added Coons. “This immediate, broad view of the patient drives both efficiencies and better patient care. Presenting this powerful content-based medical record in one solution will be unique to the market.”

“Combining Acuo Technologies’ clinical content solutions with Perceptive Software’s content and process expertise allows us to offer healthcare customers more compelling end-to-end solutions that integrate and manage both medical image and document-centric patient information, all integrated with the EMR,” said Jeff Timbrook, Acuo Technologies chief executive officer. “We look forward to presenting this broad offering to existing Acuo Technologies, Perceptive Software and Lexmark healthcare customers.”

About Lexmark

Lexmark International, Inc. (NYSE: LXK) provides businesses of all sizes with a broad range of printing and imaging products, software, solutions and services that help customers to print less and save more. Perceptive Software, a Lexmark company, is a leading provider of process and content management software that helps organizations fuel greater operational efficiency. In 2011, Lexmark sold products in more than 170 countries and reported more than $4 billion in revenue.

To learn more about Lexmark, please visit www.lexmark.com. For more information on Perceptive Software, please visit www.perceptivesoftware.com.

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About Acuo Technologies

Acuo Technologies, with headquarters in Minneapolis, MN, was founded in 2000 with the objective of developing the first enterprise-wide collaborative Universal Clinical Platform (UCP) solution for medical image content, both DICOM and Non-DICOM. Today, Acuo supports implementations of UCP around the world, including locations in Africa, Australia, Europe, North America and South America. For more information on providing superior clinical content management and data migration while simplifying operations and reducing costs, visit www.acuotech.com.

Lexmark and Lexmark with diamond design are trademarks of Lexmark International, Inc., registered in the U.S. and/or other countries. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

January 31, 2013 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

Nuance Healthcare Announces Clinical Language Understanding for Radiology at RSNA

Changes in Payment Models and Transition to ICD-10 Spur Need for More Accurate Clinical Documentation in Radiology

RSNA 2012 – CHICAGO – November 26, 2012 – Today, from booth 6217 at RSNA 2012, Nuance Communications, Inc. announced Assure, a clinical language understanding (CLU) offering for Powerscribe 360 | Reporting that will identify quality errors and omissions in radiology reports prior to final signature.  Assure is the first product offering to leverage CLU and which will benefit from the recent acquisitions of Quantim and J.A. Thomas and Associates, strengthening Nuance’s solutions that help drive clinical documentation improvement (CDI) for radiologists and their referring physicians..

Radiology is moving from fee-for-service to a value-based reimbursement model where it must now, more than ever, show the value it adds to patient care.  A way to demonstrate this value is to measure how radiology’s clinical documentation makes patient care more efficient and effective; a heavy weight to bear in light of government regulations such as ICD-10.  Voice-enabled radiology reporting with CLU technology plays a key role in the efficient delivery of quality diagnostic reports, enhancing patient care and helping to reduce imaging costs.

By arming radiologists with CLU documentation technologies and enterprise-wide coding, Nuance will provide immediate quality feedback and CDI recommendations for the physician and produce better quality reports and downstream benefits to facilities and providers. Today, Assure for PowerScribe 360 | Reporting goes beyond simply spotting pre-defined words within a report.  Assure leverages Nuance’s CLU technology, which contains the world’s largest knowledge base of medical terms to understand the context of the exam order and report.  Using intelligent concept extraction, Assure considers verb tenses, negations, and historical references to identify conflicts a radiologist can address prior to signature and coding.  This enables radiologists to capture the appropriate data before the diagnostic report is provided to the referring physician and used subsequently for diagnosis, treatment and care.

“Today, nearly half of all imaging exams in the U.S. are being created using Nuance speech recognition,” said Janet Dillione, executive vice president and general manager, Nuance Healthcare.  “Now, layer that with our powerful CLU technology to unlock data within clinical documentation and support it with 20+ years of healthcare expertise and you have a perfect opportunity to deliver a radiology solution that supports more accurate, complete clinical documentation and prepares for ICD-10.”

At RSNA, Nuance will have its full radiology portfolio on demonstration at booth 6217, including Powerscribe 360 | Reporting with Assure, critical results communication, and computer-assisted coding (CAC).  To learn more about how Nuance can help radiologists improve patient care, please visit: www.nuancehealthcare.com/destinationbest.

Nuance Healthcare

Nuance Healthcare, a division of Nuance Communications, is the market leader in creating clinical understanding solutions that drive smart, efficient decisions across healthcare.  As the largest clinical documentation provider in the U.S., Nuance provides solutions and services that improve the entire clinical documentation process — from the capture of the complete patient record to clinical documentation improvement, coding, compliance and appropriate reimbursement. More than 450,000 physicians and 10,000 healthcare facilities worldwide leverage Nuance’s award-winning, voice-enabled clinical documentation and analytics solutions to support the physician in any clinical workflow and on any device. For more information, visit www.nuance.com/for-healthcare/index.htm.

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Nuance Communications, Inc

Nuance Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: NUAN) is a leading provider of voice and language solutions for businesses and consumers around the world.  Its technologies, applications and services make the user experience more compelling by transforming the way people interact with devices and systems. Every day, millions of users and thousands of businesses experience Nuance’s proven applications.  For more information, please visit: http://www.nuance.com/

December 4, 2012 I Written By

Fovia and Blackford Analysis Collaborate to Provide 3D Registration for Medical OEMs HDVR® and Blackford Fusion™ Save Time, Improve Accuracy

Palo Alto, California and Edinburgh, Scotland, November 25, 2012 — Fovia Medical, Inc., a world leader in imaging technology and the developer of High Definition Volume Rendering®, and Blackford Analysis Ltd., creator of unparalleled registration technology using algorithms originally developed for astrophysicists, today announced plans to deliver compatible SDKs to the medical advanced visualization market.

Blackford Analysis’s Blackford Fusion™ software accelerates the challenging process of image study comparison by enabling radiologists to pinpoint areas of interest in one study and have those areas instantly, automatically and accurately linked to the same points in separate MR, CT or PET scans.  Concurrently, Fovia’s scalable, CPU-based, thin-client HDVR® software provides critical advanced visualization “on-the-fly” via the cloud, local networks, or as an integrated component of existing architectures.

By combining Blackford Fusion™ and HDVR® technologies, a medical original equipment manufacturer can deliver ubiquitous, split-second access to automatically registered datasets, thereby enabling radiologists to spend more time on analysis and decision-making.  As volumetric datasets increase in size and complexity, this combined power will become an essential component in every OEM’s offering.

“Fovia is a recognized leader in the advanced visualization field, and we are excited to integrate with their best-in-class volume rendering engine,” said Ben Panter, Chief Executive Officer of Blackford Analysis.  “Together our technologies can improve radiology productivity and increase the success rate of patient treatment.”

“We are thrilled to have a partner with complementary, high-performance software that is literally out-of-this world,” said Ken Fineman, Chief Executive Officer of Fovia, who commented on Blackford Analysis’s astrophysics-based algorithms.  “Our SDKs work well together, providing immediate benefits for medical vendors, radiologists and most importantly, patients.”

About Fovia, Inc.

Fovia, Inc. was founded in 2003 to address the challenge of data explosion – the exponentially increasing amount of data being acquired by modern imaging modalities.  The firm has developed a CPU-based, High Definition Volume Rendering software solution that leverages and scales with multi-core, multi-processor and multi-threaded generational processor development.  Fovia’s HDVR Connect and HDVR Mobile solutions are more scalable, cost effective, flexible, and easily deployable on an enterprise-wide basis than GPU or other hardware-based approaches.  They can be easily and natively integrated into various original equipment manufacturers’ offerings, thereby enabling OEMs to deliver unrivaled image quality and uncompromised performance, both locally and remotely, in 2D, 3D and 4D advanced volume visualization applications.  More information can be found at www.fovia.com.

About Blackford Analysis Ltd

Blackford’s software suite accelerates routine radiology by transforming the process of study comparison for radiologists.  It allows them to pinpoint an area of interest in one study, and automatically link to the same point in any other MR, CT or PET scan.

Blackford Analysis Ltd., based in Edinburgh, Scotland is a growing OEM software supplier based on technology developed by astrophysicists from the Royal Observatory, Edinburgh. Those breakthroughs, combined with an experienced commercial and medical team, underpin the company’s suite of software solutions, which are evolving to support all aspects of the radiologist’s daily practice.

November 30, 2012 I Written By

Summit Radiology Associates Selects Merge for End-to-End Radiology Solutions

Full Suite of Applications Provides Scalability and Path to Meaningful Use

CHICAGO, Nov. 8, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Merge Healthcare Incorporated (Nasdaq:MRGE), a leading provider of clinical systems and innovations that seek to transform healthcare, today announced that Summit Radiology Associates, a multi-site practice, will implement Merge’s end-to-end suite of Radiology Solutions to improve workflow and achieve Meaningful Use.

“Summit Radiology Associates interprets studies for three sites: a busy hospital, a large multi-specialty practice, and a free-standing imaging center in Westfield, New Jersey,” explained Dr. Amir Salomon, President, Summit Radiology Associates. “With the growing complexity of healthcare, we sought a system that would increase our efficiency and enhance our workflow. We needed a vendor whose solutions could quickly and easily scale to fit our growing needs. In Merge, we found an innovative partner at the forefront of the field offering a comprehensive suite of solutions.”

“Additionally, by selecting the latest version of Merge’s end-to-end Radiology Solutions, we will be well positioned to pursue Meaningful Use for many of our radiologists,” added Marisol Ortiz, Business Manager, Summit Radiology Associates. “This will enable us to receive Meaningful Use incentive payments over the next four years and avoid future penalties.”

“Meaningful Use is the basis for health information exchange in the U.S. and our goal at Merge is to help make it easy for specialists to qualify for incentives and realize the true benefits of the program,” said Jeff Surges, CEO of Merge Healthcare.  “With the recently announced Stage Two requirements that focus heavily on the viewing of diagnostic images, it’s clear that specialties like radiology are very much included in Meaningful Use. Now is the time for specialty physicians to adopt a Meaningful Use strategy so they can qualify for Stage One funding, while preparing for Stage Two.”

Merge Radiology Solutions include Merge RISTM, a web-based radiology information system that streamlines workflow and enables providers to meet Meaningful Use criteria; Merge PACSTM, a real-time picture archiving communication system that provides storage and access to images from any enterprise web-based location; Merge FinancialsTM, a comprehensive billing system; Merge DocumentsTM, a paperless office solution to store and manage documents electronically; Merge Referral PortalTM, a web-based portal to engage referring physicians; and Merge DashboardsTM, an on-demand business intelligence solution.

About Merge

Merge is a leading provider of clinical systems and innovations that seek to transform healthcare.  Merge’s enterprise and cloud-based solutions for image intensive specialties provide access to any image, anywhere, any time. Merge also provides health stations, clinical trials software and other health data and analytics solutions that engage consumers in their personal health. With solutions that are used by providers and consumers and include more than 20 years of innovation, Merge is helping to reduce costs and improve the quality of healthcare worldwide. For more information, visit merge.com.

November 21, 2012 I Written By

Merge to Unveil Mobile and Internet Platform for Patients at RSNA

Solutions to Demonstrate How Enterprise Imaging Solutions Support Achieving Meaningful Use Objectives

CHICAGO, Nov. 15, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Merge Healthcare Incorporated (Nasdaq:MRGE), a leading provider of clinical systems and innovations that seek to transform healthcare, will unveil a national mobile and internet platform for consumers and demonstrate how enterprise imaging solutions support achieving Meaningful Use objectives at the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) in booth #4845.

Merge is showcasing a new mobile and Internet platform for consumers to select a radiologist, schedule an appointment and receive results electronically. The platform will also feature:

  • A mobile app for referring physicians to send patients to recommended imaging centers
  • A website for consumers to complete pre-work and schedule appointments
  • A cloud-based portal for imaging centers to share results with referring physicians and patients
  • Analytics for practices to maximize throughput

“We are proud of the fact that in 2011, 82 million imaging procedures were referred to current Merge customers,” said Jeff Surges, CEO of Merge Healthcare. “Our goal with this new platform is to help close the loop between a referral and a patient receiving results while at the same time enabling our customers to grow their businesses to deliver the best patient care.”

This mobile and Internet platform will be available in early 2013 and will become the new merge.com. Users will be able to sign up at RSNA and will be notified once the portal is live.

Merge Accelerates Move to the Cloud with Merge Honeycomb™

Introduced last year at RSNA, Merge Honeycomb has seen rapid adoption with more than 3.3 million studies under contract in the cloud-based archive. Merge Honeycomb cloud-based applications are designed to help healthcare stakeholders collaborate and improve the delivery of care while reducing costs. The applications currently available via Merge Honeycomb include:

  • Merge Honeycomb™ Archive: Store medical images securely in the cloud and access them from anywhere, any time
  • Merge Honeycomb™ Image Sharing: Free application that enables any user to upload, download, view and share medical images

“Image management in healthcare is very much in a state of reform, with HIPAA requiring providers to keep retrievable exact copies of health information including images and Meaningful Use requiring that information is sharable,” said Surges. “With our expertise developed from more than 20 years of managing medical images and leading technology, Merge is uniquely positioned to deliver a secure, efficient and accessible solution for archiving images in the cloud.”

Merge Showcases the Latest in Enterprise-Wide Image Interoperability with iConnect®

Merge’s iConnect® Enterprise Clinical Platform is a suite of image interoperability solutions that improve workflow, reduce care delays and lower costs by enabling access to any image, anywhere, at any time, on any device. iConnect supports an enterprise-wide imaging strategy by providing access to medical images from any approved web-enabled device and facilitates the sharing of images between referring centers without the need for additional equipment or software. Components include:

  • iConnect® Access: A zero-download image viewer
  • iConnect® Share: An Internet-gateway capable of receiving and morphing studies from outside the enterprise, allowing for prompt electronic transfer of images
  • iConnect® Enterprise Archive: A vendor-neutral archive (VNA) to create a patient-centric record of images across all sites and modalities, enabling physicians to manage content from disparate storage solutions

“With current trends in patient safety and healthcare reform as well as competition for referring physicians, the need for image sharing across the enterprise is more critical than ever,” continued Surges. “We’ve listened closely to clients such as Children’s Memorial, Ascension Health and Dignity Health, and have incorporated features that will significantly improve ease of use, reduce storage costs and streamline operational workflow.”

Merge Radiology Clients to Receive More than $14 Million in Incentive Funds in 2012

To date, more than 50 clients have already attested or are in the attestation process using the web-based, feature-rich Merge RIS solution. Merge RIS is used by hundreds of ambulatory care practices, imaging centers and radiology group practices to improve profitability and provide radiologists with the capability to capture and report on the metrics required to demonstrate “meaningful use” of electronic health records.

“With more than 90% of radiologists able to qualify for Meaningful Use incentives, it is essential that they develop a strategy to meet criteria, earn incentive funds and more importantly, avoid future penalties,” said Surges. “In fact, Merge clients have already received $3.1 million in Meaningful Use incentive dollars with an additional $10.9 million expected by the end of the year. This is powerful proof that Meaningful Use is relevant to radiology and that Merge solutions can help them successfully navigate the attestation process.”

Merge RIS provides the functionality needed to achieve Meaningful Use requirements, including:

  • Data collection: Gather mandated patient data intuitively within your preferred workflow
  • Reporting: Access pre-configured, easy-to-use reports to assist with Meaningful Use data submission
  • Patient portal: Provide patients with clinical summaries, electronic copies of their health information, educational information, reminders and more
  • ePrescribing: Qualify for reimbursement and deliver added value to patients

Merge Highlights Best in KLAS Cardiology Solutions

Merge Hemo™, a real-time documentation tool for the cardiac cath lab, was ranked #1 in KLAS in 2011. Merge Cardio™ provides a single view of a patient’s complete record across all cardiology modalities. Combined, these solutions allow access to simplified reporting tools and integration with the industry’s largest health information systems and EHRs for interoperable image exchange.

“Busy healthcare professionals don’t have time to jump between systems to locate critical patient data and images,” continued Surges. “Merge cardiology solutions allow for a single point of access from any web-enabled location to create reports more efficiently, improve workflow and help build referral business.”

Merge Demonstrates Latest Version of Merge PACS™

At RSNA Merge will be showcasing the most recent version of Merge PACS, a real-time picture archiving communication system that enhances clinical, operational and administrative functions with an approach that emphasizes workflow efficiency and customer satisfaction. Its modular design allows for easy integration with a broad range of third-party systems.

“With Merge PACS, radiologists can accelerate workflow, enabling them to operate with fewer resources,” said Surges. “And the ability to quickly and easily communicate and document results with referring physicians improves treatment time and helps expand referral networks.”

About Merge

Merge is a leading provider of clinical systems and innovations that seek to transform healthcare. Merge’s enterprise and cloud-based solutions for image intensive specialties provide access to any image, anywhere, any time. Merge also provides health stations, clinical trials software and other health data and analytics solutions that engage consumers in their personal health. With solutions that are used by providers and consumers and include more than 20 years of innovation, Merge is helping to reduce costs and improve the quality of healthcare worldwide. For more information, visit merge.com.

November 17, 2012 I Written By

Coosa Valley Medical Center Selects Merge’s iConnect(R) Enterprise Clinical Platform

Also Upgrades to Merge PACS to Improve Workflow

CHICAGO, Nov. 6, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Merge Healthcare Incorporated (Nasdaq:MRGE), a leading provider of clinical systems and innovations that seek to transform healthcare, today announced Coosa Valley Medical Center(CVMC), an independent, community, non-profit medical center that serves five counties in Alabama, has selected Merge PACSTM to upgrade their existing PACS, iConnect® Access to provide real-time access to images and iConnect® Enterprise Archive to further expand their enterprise imaging strategy.

“As a long-time Merge client, we were excited to move forward with the latest versions of both Merge PACS and iConnect Enterprise Archive,” explained Amy Price, COO, CVMC. “We not only upgraded to the latest releases of those two products, but also added iConnect Access to provide referring physicians with access to patients’ images anywhere, any time. We believe this approach to an enterprise-wide imaging strategy will deliver substantial workflow efficiencies for our physicians.”

“Additionally, by upgrading to Merge PACS, radiologists will now be able to access a full suite of mammography tools from one workstation,” noted Andy Gill, Director of Imaging and CV Services, CVMC. “This will allow us to consolidate workstations and ultimately allow for faster diagnoses.”

“With Stage 2 Meaningful Use requirements focusing heavily on the viewing of diagnostic images, health systems of every size need to look at how to image-enable their enterprise,” said Jeff Surges, CEO of Merge Healthcare. “By implementing an enterprise-wide imaging strategy, CVMC will be well-positioned to address information exchange, changing payment models and future regulatory requirements as they relate to the sharing of images.”

iConnect Enterprise Archive and iConnect Access are part of the iConnect® Enterprise Clinical Platform, Merge’s comprehensive offering for viewing, sharing and archiving any type of image, anywhere, any time. It also includes iConnect® Share, an internet-based gateway for image sharing between enterprises. With current trends in patient safety and healthcare reform as well as competition for referring physicians, the need for image sharing across the enterprise is more critical than ever.

A recent InMedica study reported iConnect Enterprise Archive as the world’s #1 market share vendor-neutral archive. As the industry’s first true standalone vendor-neutral archive, it has been successfully integrated with over seventy-five PACS vendors and specialty workstations at over 350 sites across the United States. In over half of the implementations, Merge’s customers have integrated third-party PACS systems with iConnect Enterprise Archive.

Merge PACS, a real-time picture archiving communication system, enhances clinical, operational and administrative functions with an approach that emphasizes workflow efficiency and customer satisfaction. Its modular design allows for easy integration with a broad range of third-party systems.

About Merge

Merge is a leading provider of clinical systems and innovations that seek to transform healthcare.  Merge’s enterprise and cloud-based solutions for image intensive specialties provide access to any image, anywhere, any time. Merge also provides health stations, clinical trials software and other health data and analytics solutions that engage consumers in their personal health. With solutions that are used by providers and consumers and include more than 20 years of innovation, Merge is helping to reduce costs and improve the quality of healthcare worldwide. For more information, visit merge.com.

November 7, 2012 I Written By