Digital solution for analog optical medical devices
5 December 2005
The Horizon Optical Imaging solution from McKesson is designed to enable
digital automation of diagnostic imaging technologies. It enables clinicians
to take an analogue optical device, such as an endoscope, and turn it into a
fully DICOM-enabled digital device to capture still and cine images. Image
storage, archiving and viewing is supported by McKesson's Horizon Medical
Imaging PACS, making the images readily available across the enterprise for
comparison, consultation, teaching, conferencing and patient education.
The initial release of the Horizon Optical Imaging solution provides
endoscopic images and information generated by otolaryngology (ear, nose and
University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics in Madison, Wis., has
deployed 14 Horizon Optical Imaging Image Capture Stations and four Horizon
Rad Station workstations in its otolaryngology clinic, which sees 10,000
exams performed each year.
"Integrating visible light and radiology images using our PACS enables
our organization to enhance patient satisfaction, improve the quality of
care and reduce costs associated with follow-up visits," said Gary Wendt,
MD, MBA, Associate Professor of Radiology, Vice-Chair of Informatics,
University of Wisconsin Medical Center. "For example, by viewing endoscopic
images alongside radiology images, the physician may be able to immediately
determine that a tumour is not malignant. In such a case, the patient is
saved needless worry between exam and follow-up care, and we also avoid a
The Horizon Optical Imaging solution closely follows the successful
introduction of McKesson's cardiovascular image and information management
solution in August 2005.
"McKesson's strategy is to expand its electronic health record solution
by image-enabling diagnostic specialties across the healthcare enterprise,"
said Sunny Sanyal, Group President, McKesson Clinical Solutions. "Healthcare
organizations use images in many different medical specialties, including
cardiology, endoscopy, ophthalmology and pathology. By incorporating images
and the clinical information they provide, we can help customers improve the
safety and quality of patient care by enabling access to complete electronic