Healthcare Industry News: Digital Radiography
News Release - September 20, 2006
Kodak's Health Group Receives Multi-Million-Dollar Order From Erlanger Health SystemPurchase Includes KODAK CARESTREAM Image and Information Solutions and Kodak's New Business Diagnostics Services
ROCHESTER, N.Y.--(HSMN NewsFeed)--Sept. 20, 2006--Eastman Kodak Company's Health Group has signed a multi-million-dollar order for its industry-leading digital medical image capture and information management solutions - and its new Business Diagnostics Services - with Erlanger Health System (Chattanooga, Tenn.).
Kodak's Business Diagnostics Services will focus on improving productivity and eliminating waste within Erlanger's medical imaging process, so that the health system can realize greater efficiencies than it could achieve by installing new technology alone.
Erlanger Health System ordered a KODAK CARESTREAM PACS for review, storage and distribution of 300,000 patient radiology imaging studies captured each year at its five hospitals and one outpatient imaging center. The healthcare provider also purchased KODAK CARESTREAM Enterprise Information Management, which will enable centralized management of images and information from radiology, cardiology and other clinical and business areas on the healthcare provider's existing IBM storage area network (SAN).
Healthcare facilities in more than 25 countries--from diagnostic imaging centers to regional healthcare networks--currently employ KODAK CARESTREAM Information Management Solutions.
As part of the agreement, Kodak will migrate images and information from an existing web server, and will integrate the new picture archiving and communications system (PACS) with both an existing radiology information system (to automate data entry for patient medical x-ray exams) as well as the hospital's centralized storage area network.
Eight KODAK DIRECTVIEW CR 950 and CR 975 Systems for digital image capture were also part of the order. Today, nearly two out of five CR systems sold in the U.S. & Canada are from Kodak's Health Group.
"Healthcare facilities are embracing the ability of our CARESTREAM Solutions to expedite connectivity to other image and information management systems. As healthcare providers begin to network clinical and business systems and establish centralized management, this capability becomes critically important to maintaining a cost-effective infrastructure," said R. L. (Vern) Davenport, Chief Operations Officer, Healthcare Information Solutions, and Vice President of Kodak's Health Group.
After reviewing proposals from 13 vendors, Kodak was selected for several compelling reasons, according to Blaine Morris, Erlanger Health Systems' Administrator of Radiology Services.
"Kodak's system is more powerful and much easier to use than other systems we evaluated, and the platform's integrated 3D and voice recognition tools deliver enhanced functionality and productivity," said Morris. "In addition, our testing showed that Kodak's EIM solution offers exceptional connectivity with our existing IBM architecture, which facilitates the centralized storage and management of imaging studies as well as other clinical and business documents."
Kodak's comprehensive portfolio of image and information management solutions includes its advanced CARESTREAM RIS/PACS suite, along with CARESTREAM Information Management Solutions that deliver efficient, enterprise-wide management and storage of clinical and non-clinical data and images.
About Kodak's Health Group
Kodak's Health Group, with 2005 revenues of $2.65 billion, is a world leader in supplying the medical and dental professions with advanced healthcare products, services and information technology solutions. Its broad portfolio includes picture archiving and communications systems (PACS), radiology information systems (RIS), healthcare information systems, computed radiography (CR) and Digital Radiography (DR) systems, laser imagers, mammography and oncology systems, x-ray film systems, dental imaging products, and a range of consulting--as well as repair and maintenance--services.
Kodak is the world's foremost imaging innovator, providing leading products and services to not only healthcare customers, but to the photographic and graphic communications markets. With sales of $14.3 billion in 2005, the company is committed to a digitally oriented growth strategy focused on helping people better use meaningful images and information in their life and work. Consumers use Kodak's system of digital and traditional image capture products and services to take, print and share their pictures anytime, anywhere; Businesses effectively communicate with customers worldwide using Kodak solutions for prepress, conventional and digital printing and document imaging; and Creative Professionals rely on Kodak technology to uniquely tell their story through moving or still images.
For more information about Kodak's Health Group, contact your Kodak representative or visit www.kodak.com/go/health.
About Erlanger Health System
Erlanger Health System includes five hospitals with 818 acute-care beds in the greater Chattanooga, Tenn., area. Erlanger is a non-profit, academic teaching center affiliated with the University of Tennessee College of Medicine. Erlanger is also a Level-One Trauma Center for adults and the only provider of tertiary care services for the citizens of a four-state region, encompassing southeast Tennessee, north Georgia, north Alabama and western North Carolina. Additionally, T.C. Thompson Children's Hospital, part of the Erlanger Health System, is the region's only pediatric full-service hospital with a Level 1 NICU and trauma services for children. With a history that dates back more than a century, Erlanger is recognized as one of the nation's finest public hospitals and a leader in healthcare. Each year more than 250,000 people are treated by Erlanger's team of healthcare professionals.
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