A Medical Device Daily

DR Systems (San Diego) reported 10 new contracts with healthcare facilities, totaling more than $5.6 million.

The 10 new facilities with which DR has contracts are: Summersville Memorial Hospital (Summersville, West Virginia); Patients Medical Center (Pasadena, Texas); Jackson Park Hospital Foundation (Chicago); Bert Fish Medical Center (New Smyrna Beach, Florida); Michigan Resonance Imaging (Rochester Hills, Michigan); Marian Medical Center/Plaza Imaging (Santa Maria, California); Valley View Regional Hospital (Ada, Oklahoma); Trousdale Medical Center (Hartsville, Tennessee); Utah Valley Radiology (Provo, Utah ); and Arroyo Grande Community Hospital (Arryo Grande, California).

DR Systems is one of the leading independent providers of medical imaging and information systems for diagnostic imaging centers and hospitals. For more than 15 years, the company has helped more than 500 hospitals and imaging center sites improve the management of patient information, eliminate film costs, and increase workflow speed.

In other contract news:

• E-Z-EM (Lake Success, New York) reported that the U.S. Army Space & Missile Defense Command has placed an additional order for the company’s RSDL personal skin decontamination product. The order is about $8 million and is the second order placed by the U.S. Department of Defense since it issued Milestone C approval for the product, and is the largest single order for RSDL the company has received to date. The company expects to ship and invoice for the order by April 2008 with resulting revenues recognized as the product is shipped.

RSDL is a broad spectrum skin decontamination product intended to remove or neutralize chemical warfare (CW) agents or T2 toxins from the skin. RSDL was originally developed and patented by Defense Research and Development Canada, an agency within the Canadian Department of National Defense, for use by the Canadian Forces.

E-Z-EM develops diagnostic imaging for the GI tract.

• Emergency Medical Services Corp. (EMS; Greenwood Village, Colorado) reported that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded the company’s operating segment, American Medical Response (AMR; Greenwood Village, Colorado), an exclusive agreement to provide ground ambulance air ambulance (through its Air Ambulance Specialists subsidiary) and para-transit services to supplement the federal and military response to a disaster, act of terrorism or other public health emergency. The contract covers the 21 states along the Gulf and Atlantic coasts. The one-year contract, which took effect Aug. 1, has the option for up to four one-year extensions after the initial term.

The new contract provides for more than medical transportation. It includes patient triage, treatment, and transport as well as hazard recognition, symptom surveillance and reporting, on-scene medical stand-by, and transport and redistribution of patients to free-up receiving hospital bed space. EMS/AMR assets also may be used to provide immunizations, staffing for shelters and hospital emergency departments, and to set up mobile medical units.

EMS is a provider of emergency medical services in the U.S. AMR is a provider of medical transportation.