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Free Web-Based EMR from Glenwood Systems
Glenwood Systems, Waterbury, Conn, has released GlaceEMR 2.0, a free, Web-supported electronic medical record (EMR) maintained by advertising revenue. The Glenwood EMR is CHHIT-certified and includes no charges, costs, or fees for licenses, software support, or upgrades. It automates the entire clinical workflow and streamlines tasks associated with patient encounters, as well as improves communications; GlaceEMR also offers decision support tools like preventive health reminders, points out potential drug interactions, and offers lab results at the point of care. It reduces paper and transcription costs, and automatically imports lab results and radiology images for attachment to a patient’s record. It can be downloaded for free at Glenwood Systems’ Web site.
Radiotherapy Treatment Planning Tool from Varian
The FDA recently cleared a new radiotherapy treatment planning tool from Varian Medical Systems, Palo Alto, Calif. The Smart Segmentation feature, which has been added to Varian’s Eclipse treatment planning product, is a fully automatic tool that uses intelligent software to identify and outline organs and other structures within diagnostic images of the thorax and male pelvis. Smart Segmentation automatically identifies all structures of interest in under 45 seconds, enabling clinicians to begin the planning process with images that have the anatomical structures already outlined. Eclipse treatment planning applies to a wide array of radiation therapies, including intensity-modulated radiation therapy, image-guided radiation therapy, stereotactic radiosurgery, brachytherapy, and proton therapy.
Enhanced Version of CAD System from iCAD
New from iCAD Inc, Nashua, NH, is an update to its flagship SecondLook CAD system. The latest version, SecondLook 8.1, provides full support for film-to-digital conversion of prior x-ray films, while applying comprehensive CAD technology to the digitized images. The upgrade enables mammography centers to fully digitize current and prior mammography films and apply CAD either at the time of digitization or later in the workflow process. Radiologists can also compare new mammograms with priors, including those taken on film, on a single digital review workstation. The new version also contains the same advanced algorithms as all iCAD detection software, shown to detect up to 72% of actionable missed cancers an average of 15 months earlier than screening mammography alone.
Point-of-Care Blood Analyzer from E-Z-EM
A new blood analyzer from E-Z-EM Inc, Lake Success, NY, is a point-of-care device for conducting blood assays in patients prior to certain imaging procedures. EZ CHEM can perform a simple test for assessing kidney function within the imaging suite, producing results in as little as 30 seconds; it analyzes a finger-prick sample of blood for levels of creatinine, an important indicator of a patient’s renal function that often needs to be assessed before IV contrast agents can be administered. Currently, such blood tests must be sent to a lab before a patient can undergo a contrast-enhanced CT or MR procedure. Performing the test instantly at the point of care enables faster throughput, while facilitating screening for patients with renal insufficiency, an issue that has come into focus since the association of certain contrast agents with nephrogenic systemic fibrosis (NSF).
New Version of fDAD from Neurognostics
Neurognostics Inc, Milwaukee, has released version 2.0 of its Functional Data Acquisition Device (fDAD). The latest version incorporates new features and improvements that add functionality to the original software platform, including an easy-to-use fMRI application tool, which accommodates a variety of functional imaging backgrounds and uses a step-by-step process to standardize the acquisition of fMRI data. The new version of fDAD also features the ability to incorporate an assortment of customized visual stimulation choices, and easily integrates into existing MRI room environments and standardizes the process of acquiring fMRI data. In addition to workflow enhancements, it also incorporates numerous block and event-related tasks that add to the Neurognostics library of stimulation paradigms.
Fully Featured Preconfigured RIS from Carestream Health
New from Carestream Health Inc, Rochester, NY, is a fully featured preconfigured version of the Kodak Carestream RIS designed for use by small- to medium-sized hospitals. The Kodak Carestream RIS Standard Configuration offers high functionality and comprehensive reporting at a more affordable price point. Its open architecture is highly scalable and supports Web-based user access; facility logos and diagnostic report templates are personalized for each health care provider, and optional further customization is available at an additional cost. Also available at an additional cost is a mammography module that includes specialized scheduling, patient communication, and reporting capabilities. User-friendly windows minimize the need for training.