"Contracting with eHealth PACS Services enables healthcare facilities to devote their resources to patient care and front-end clinical applications, while we manage the PACS infrastructure," said Diana L. Nole, President, Digital Medical Solutions, Carestream Health. "Most healthcare providers can achieve lower overall costs by purchasing this service and will simultaneously benefit from our leading-edge management and security technologies."
With eHealth PACS Services, healthcare providers will connect to secure, remote data centers hosted and managed by Carestream Health. Patient information can be shared with authorized physicians over a simple Internet connection - without the need to build, maintain and upgrade a complex infrastructure. This service enables convenient remote reading for a primary diagnosis, as well as the ability to obtain a second opinion from another radiologist or specialist. The PACS service is an operating expense with a monthly fee based on the number of imaging exams produced each month.
The first healthcare provider to sign up for this service is a Netherlands-based group with three hospitals. They will use the service to deliver an enterprise-wide PACS solution for their three sites and to provide secure image access to remote clinicians.
This cloud-based service eliminates the danger of obsolescence since Carestream Health continuously maintains and upgrades its data centers and on-site technology. Patient data and exam information are synchronized so identical information is available to all users, regardless of location. An optional feature allows users to access advanced reading tools such as native 3D features and automatic registration of volumetric exams provided by the company's innovative PowerViewer. The vendor-neutral infrastructure, which is the engine of the company's eHealth Managed Services platform, also allows the sharing of information among disparate systems.
Service Meets Rigorous Security Standards
Carestream Health's encryption and security measures meet HIPAA rules as well as rigorous patient privacy regulations used in other countries. Carestream Health is the first medical imaging company to be recognized in France as fully complying with performance standards specified in the Health Data Security and Confidentiality Reference Table, which is published by an agency responsible for organizing healthcare collaboration in France.
eHealth PACS Services is the latest addition to the company's eHealth Managed Services portfolio. The company's eHealth Archiving Services stores DICOM and non-DICOM data, including patient demographic information, video files, x-ray imaging exams, laboratory and pathology reports, and other patient documents. The archiving service supports XDS and XDS-I protocols, as well as other DICOM and non-DICOM industry standards.
Carestream Health's eMS cloud currently has more than 1 billion stored images worldwide, representing more than 500 terabytes of data. The company operates eight data centers in five countries throughout Europe and North America, with new centers planned for Japan and Argentina.
About Carestream Health, Inc.
Carestream Health, Inc., is a worldwide provider of dental and medical imaging systems and healthcare IT solutions; molecular imaging systems for the life science research and drug discovery/development market segments; and x-ray film and digital x-ray products for the non-destructive testing market. For more information about the company's broad portfolio of products, solutions and services, please contact your Carestream Health representative or visit www.carestreamhealth.com.
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