Diagnostic imaging  

Kodak sells 70 PACS/RIS systems in Europe and US

20 April 2005

During the past twelve months, Kodak has signed contracts with more than 70 European and US healthcare institutions for its RIS/PACS suite and Enterprise Information Management solutions. Many customers have also trusted Professional Services from Kodak to design and implement their network and manage the migration of their data from their legacy PACS.

"Kodak’s powerful RIS/PACS suite is very well received by healthcare providers of all types, from small imaging centres to large hospital systems and regional projects," said Ulf Anderson, Business Manager Healthcare Information Systems, European, African, & Middle Eastern Region, Kodak’s Health Group." The following European facilities recently purchased a Kodak RIS/PACS solution:

  • The Assistance Publique/Hôpitaux de Paris Group, France, recently awarded Kodak, as part of a joint venture, a tender to equip the 40 hospitals in the group with a KODAK DIRECTVIEW System 5 suite solution. Kodak will install its System 5 to manage modality storage, viewing and distribution applications within the radiology departments of the Group. Kodak’s solution will be rolled out to twenty locations across the hospital group within the next two years.

  • Università Cattolica, Policlinico Gemelli, Italy, recently acquired a KODAK PACS System 5 together with a RIS that integrates all existing modalities, including the KODAK DIRECTVIEW DR 9000, the KODAK DIRECTVIEW DR 5100 and KODAK DIRECTVIEW CR systems. The KODAK PACS System 5 provides an ‘On-Line Archiving’ architecture using RAID technology to provide instant access to images. The system, integrated with the existing HIS, features a VIParchive platform that will be the starting point for the consolidation and concentration of all existing clinical data.

  • Codira, Germany has selected Kodak to establish the required systems and infrastructure to launch e-health services in Germany. Kodak will connect up to sixteen radiology facilities, located across the Schleswig-Holstein region, to a remote central archive, powered by KODAK Versatile Intelligent Patient Archive ( VIParchive ) software, with an initial 2Tb storage capacity, based at a ‘Deutsche Telekom’ data centre in Kiel, Germany. Each facility will store around 10,000 exams per year on the central archive during the initial phase. Kodak will also deliver web-based image distribution, allowing radiologists to provide remote diagnostic services to clinicians. This infrastructure is designed to be expanded in a second stage to more radiology facilities and to consulting services.

  • ASISA, Spain. After having selected Kodak Digital Capture solutions to digitise the legacy conventional radiography from their hospitals in Cordoba, Murcia and Moncloa, with a KODAK DIRECTVIEW DR 9000 and several KODAK DIRECTVIEW CR 950 and CR 850 systems, ASISA, one of the most important Private Healthcare groups in Spain, has expanded its partnership with Kodak to equip its Clínica Vistahermosa hospital in Alicante with a KODAK DIRECTVIEW PACS System 5. The system includes diagnostic workstations, 18 months’ on-line storage and web distribution of radiology images to clinicians. The System 5 is also fully integrated and synchronised with the hospital’s proprietary HIS/RIS and Speech Recognition systems. The KODAK DIRECTVIEW PACS System 5 completes the digitisation of the hospital’s Diagnostic Imaging Department, which began with the installation of two KODAK DIRECTVIEW CR systems.

  • The Clinique Universitaire UCL Saint Luc in Brussels, Belgium, a 950 bed university hospital, has selected Kodak to build their long term, enterprise-wide archive with a KODAK VIParchive solution. The system, configured with more than 6Tb on EMC RAID disks and 35Tb on tape, is designed to store the data output from 250,000 procedures per year, including DICOM images and non-DICOM information from other clinical departments, such as nuclear medicine and cardiology. UCL is also deploying a KODAK DIRECTVIEW PACS with a web-distribution system across the hospital for up to 200 simultaneous users.

  • Stavanger University Hospital, Stavanger Hospital Trust, Norway installed one of the first KODAK PACS in the late ’nineties. Last year, the hospital took the decision to upgrade its KODAK System 4 to System 5, the latest generation of KODAK PACS. The upgrade includes the transition of the seven year old archive manager, through the clustered System 5, to a KODAK VIParchive solution, which has expanded PACS storage and archiving to cardiology, with digital mammography soon to be added. The 7Tb database is already under migration to the new VIParchive system, which will run in a clustered environment and re-use existing hardware equipment such as the EMC SYMMETRIX storage solution. With the addition of cardiology and digital mammography studies during 2005 the hospital will store new data equivalent to more than 7Tb per year.

  • Hereford County Hospital, Hereford, England has extended a long-term association with Kodak with the decision to upgrade its existing Kodak System 4 PACS to a fully integrated KODAK System 5 PACS for increased management, storage and distribution of images. The additional purchase of a KODAK RIS 2010 to interface with patient demographics now provides a fully synchronized PACS/RIS system connected to all modalities — CT, MR, Ultrasound and Nuclear Medicine — alongside the KODAK Computed Radiography Systems introduced in early 2002. The new system will provide radiologists with workflow improvements through increased efficiency in reporting for the 110,000 mixed exams per year and the ability to extend PACS reach beyond the hospital environment with image distribution via the Web to referring physicians and General Practitioners within Primary Care Trusts. 

  • The Kennemer Gasthuis Haarlem, The Netherlands, a large, multi-location hospital, last year chose the KODAK RIS/PACS Radiology Suite to help in their move into the digital age. The three hospital sites are now connected by a 100 Mbits/sec WAN (wide area network) where the single database of the KODAK PACS System 5 gives the best performance, allowing each of ten diagnostic workstations and 150 simultaneous web users immediate access to every exam from each site. The hospital selected the unique capability of the KODAK RIS 2010 to automatically prepare conferences for clinical departments and to give optimal integration with the existing 8 Tb HP SAN. The configuration also includes Speech Recognition, a long-term archive and the enhanced 3D module for the KODAK System 5 DX Diagnostic Workstation with tissue definition, bone removal and vessel tracking on top of native MIP/MPR.

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