Osteoporosis measurement software for PACS
12 March 2007
Illinois, USA. Medstrat has announced the
integration of CompuMed's OsteoGram bone mineral density (BMD) measurement
software for osteoporosis screening, diagnosis and monitoring with its
echoeSYSTEM PACS software suite.
Medstrat's family of ECHOES product and
service solutions address the needs of all orthopaedic practice sizes from
small to large multi-site enterprises.
Medstrat Co-CEO Bob Bishop said,
"the new offering allows our orthopaedic surgeon customers to join the call
of the Surgeon General, The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery in detecting osteoporosis,
preventing its debilitating effects and reducing fracture mortality risk in
their communities." One in five individuals who fracture a hip die within a
year of the fracture and about one in five individuals with a hip fracture
end up in a nursing home within a year.
The integration of Medstrat's
orthopaedic digital imaging solutions with CompuMed's OsteoGram software
provides orthopaedic surgeons with a simple, effective and affordable means
of identifying at risk individuals in their community. HHS recommends bone
density tests for all women over 65 and for any man or woman who suffers
even a minor fracture after age 50.
Medicare has paid for BMD testing
since July 1, 1998 to afford physicians the ability to create and fund
osteoporosis prevention programs. National data in 2003 indicate that only
about 3% of women aged 67 or older received both a bone mineral density test
and a prescription.
Bishop pointed out, "Medstrat feels obligated to
collaborate with its orthopaedic surgeon customers to elevate the standard
of care of this hidden disease. Treatment of osteoporosis has been shown to
reduce the risk of subsequent fractures by 30-65 percent. Effective
leadership by influential orthopaedic doctors can profoundly influence the
bone health of their communities."