A Diagnostics & Imaging Week

Hitachi Data Systems (Santa Clara, California), a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi (Tokyo, Japan), has been selected by Fujifilm Medical Systems USA, (Stamford, Connecticut) a provider of diagnostic imaging products and network systems for radiology, to provide advanced storage solutions for Fujifilm’s Synapse picture archiving and communication systems (PACS) customers.

Jim Morgan, Fujifilm’s national marketing manager for network systems, said, “With a reputation for delivering a stream of innovative products to meet any daunting data storage requirements, Hitachi Data Systems is an ideal partner for Fujifilm and will enable us to ensure that critical patient data is secure yet accessible.”

Hitachi Data Systems’ advanced storage solutions are designed to enable clinical users to store, retrieve, distribute and present clinical images and related data quickly, reliably, and in a secure and efficient manner, according to the company. Healthcare providers are able to cover the spectrum of requirements ranging from a departmental image archive to enterprise disaster recovery/business continuity solutions, while ensuring compliance for content preservation and retention.

Hitachi Data Systems develops storage solutions with the performance, availability and scalability to maximize customers’ ROI and minimize their risk, according to the company. Hitachi is a global electronics company with roughly 356,000 employees worldwide.

In other grants news: ScImage (Los Altos, California), an enterprise imaging and information management company, based announced today that the Veteran's Health Administration (VHA) has awarded the contract for the VHA's nationwide teleradiology program serving more than 150 Veteran's Health Administration Medical Centers.

The ScImage solution, PicomEnterpise, will be deployed as a web layer on top of disparate PACS at various facilities to route exams along with prior images and reports based on dynamic business rules and will be used exclusively in the VHA's Teleradiology Center to provide a virtual reading environment for reading radiologists and/or radiology groups.

ScImage said that deploying the solution in this manner will enable the VHA to surmount shortage of qualified staff in certain geographies, provide faster turnaround and offer a more unified and consistent collaborative reading workflow that VHA program directors can watch and manage very closely from anywhere.

PicomEnterprise features one database and a shared infrastructure that simplifies workflow for multiple facilities. It features time saving clinical applications for TelePACS over broadband infrastructure.

"ScImage is proud to be a part of such an important project. Providing the VHA with a unified approach to medical image and information management will lead to improved clinical workflow, patient care and a lower total cost of ownership," stated ScImage Founder and CEO, Sai Raya, PhD.

Founded in 1993, ScImage says its mission "is to be the True Enterprise Imaging company by providing a shared infrastructure PACS for all imaging intensive departments throughout the healthcare enterprise. "

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