New RIS becomes available University of Utah signs with Philips’ iSite
Examining new mammograms in the context of old ones can play a critical role in finding breast cancer. Software that makes these comparisons easier will soon be commercially available from Hologic through its now FDA-cleared R2 DigitalNow HD software application. The new product turns digital images made from prior screen-film mammograms into DICOM images that closely resemble mammograms acquired digitally. The software adapts each digitized film image to a contrast and tissue intensity similar to those seen with mammography systems. It also embeds in the image a series of look-up tables that allow workstations conforming to Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise guidelines to make less evident regions of density more apparent in the digitized images.
A low-cost RIS from Clear Innova has entered the market with features that support patient scheduling; recordkeeping for documents, forms, dictation, and images; and billing. The Origin RIS allows referring physicians to order and schedule imaging studies, check the status of orders, and obtain reports from any location via a web browser.
Philips has signed an eight-year iSite PACS replacement deal with University of Utah Health Care, the region's only academic healthcare system. The deal coincides with the replacement by University Health Care of a legacy PACS with iSite, which went live in January.