Intelerad eases PACS payments

September 14, 2009

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Intelerad eases PACS payments
Montreal-based PACS/IT vendor Intelerad Medical Systems hopes to expand sales with a newly announced “shared risk pricing model” that reduces the upfront capital needed to purchase its PACS. The new financing option spreads payments over a four-year period at 0% interest and gives customers the flexibility to terminate the contract early under favorable terms. The new model combats the currently harsh economic climate, which has made it difficult for radiology practices to access, according to the company.

Imaging providers join RHIO
Six imaging providers have joined Lakeside Memorial Hospital in providing medical images to the Rochester, NY, regional health information organization (RHIO). The Rochester RHIO allows healthcare providers to see patient information, including medical images, at any time from any computer using a secure Internet connection. The imaging providers, including new members Borg & Ide Imaging, Clifton Springs Hospital, Rochester General Health System, Rochester Diagnostic Imaging, Rochester Radiology Associates, and Thompson Health – use the eHealthConnect Image Exchange service from eHealth Global Technologies to access patient images across participating health care organizations. The Image Exchange stores 30 days of exams and can pull older exams on-demand. Members use the eHealthViewer to display, process, and measure images.

SonoSite names new VP
 John Bowers is the new senior vice president of strategic development and patient safety innovations at hand-carried ultrasound vendor SonoSite. The 20-year veteran of the medical technology industry most recently served as president and CEO of Northstar Neuroscience, which specializes in the development of treatments for neurological diseases and disorders. In his new position, Bowers is charged with cost effectively delivering patient safety practices, optimizing market strategies for future products, and ultimately, directing the company’s corporate development activities to identify growth strategies for point-of-care ultrasound.