CoActiv Introduces EXAM-PACS™:Helps local Imaging Center win “Top 5” Award.
Ridgefield, CT — CoActiv Medical Business Solutions™, a recently formedaffiliated business of AMSYS, INC. of Ridgefield, CT, has announced plansto introduce a revolutionary Picture Archiving and Communication System(PACS) at the annual Radiological Society of North America (RSNA)Conference, November 30th through December 4th, in Chicago, Ill.
CoActiv claims that it’s new EXAM-PACS™ will score a major hit at theconference by providing, for the first time, affordable (typically less than onehalfthe cost of existing products) PACS capabilities to imaging centers andhospitals that previously found them to be cost prohibitive.
CoActiv President and CEO, Edward C. Heere, describes EXAM-PACS™ as acomprehensive series of radiology support applications “that are easier touse, easier to learn and the most cost-effective DICOM image handlingproducts available in today’s tele-radiology and PACS industry.” He envisionsa PACS revolution as EXAM-PACS™ pricing and capabilities attract thenumerous radiology imaging centers and hospital radiology departmentsthat have not yet moved into digital imaging because of price.
Asked if the reduced price was achieved at the expense of functionality, Mr.Heere replied, “Just the opposite ... EXAM-PACS™ has retained all thenecessary and required functionality of todays ordinary PACS products andadded several unique new features, such as; the ability to instantly forwardexams to colleagues for consultation or instantly send exams to referring physicians for review; instantly access any number of attached files (reports,voice clips, e-mails, insurance information, etc.); burn a self-containedcustom EXAM-CD™, complete with a custom viewer.”
The EXAM-PACS™ solution achieves much of its cost savings through theuse of readily available and inexpensive PCs and PC servers. Easy toacquire, install and maintain almost anywhere on earth. Because this systemis built upon of a series of DICOM compliant software applications and PCcomponents, it is, in essence, a modular system, with most modules capableof standing alone, or being integrated into a fully functional professionalPACS installation.
This modular component configuration allows the imaging centers to selectjust the components they need to build a PACS that meets their immediateimage handling requirements and budget. Additional work stations orfunctionality can be quickly and easily added later, as needs change or toaccommodate the entire practice enterprise. EXAM-PACS™ modules can evenbe easily added to many other PACS and tele-radiology systems to addCoActiv unique functionality to an existing system. Thus allowing imagingcenters and departments that already have an ordinary PACS to reap thebenefits of the unique EXAM-PACS™ features.
As mentioned by Mr. Heere, “Everything changes over time, and, in the caseof PACS technology, we’re talking about very short time periods” ... “whatbetter way to deal with this than a software driven modular system, whereboth hardware and applications can be quickly and easily upgraded to keeppace with advances in technology... always at minimal cost.”
When asked about taking on huge competitors in the PACS field like GE,Seimens, Phillips, Fuji and Agfa, Mr. Heere quipped, “you’re talking to the guy who developed one of the first PCs in the world more than 20 years ago,and took on IBM, a real giant, that virtually owned the industry” ... “this isreally going to be fun!” he continued.
Mr. Heere says, “We believe that, by reducing the cost, while improving thecapabilities of PACS, CoActiv can contribute to reducing the over-all cost ofmedical care, the financial health and vitality of radiology imaging centersand departments, and the delivery of improved medical care to all ourneighbors.”Already in use at several hospitals and imaging centers in Connecticutand New York, EXAM-PACS™ is meeting or surpassing clients’ greatestexpectations.
Scott Nadel, M.D., President of Northeast Radiology, Brewster, NY, aCoActiv EXAM-PACS™ development site, states, “Now, for the first time,utilizing EXAM-PACS™ technology, we are finally able to easily and quicklymove images to the radiologist instead of moving the radiologist to theimages. An incredible savings in time, expense and frustration levels.”
It’s this technology that helped Northeast Radiology win its recent awardas one of the top 5 imaging centers in the country. [Health, Imaging & IT —October 2003]
“To summarize”, Mr. Heere remarked, “CoActiv EXAM-PACS™ costs aboutone-half to one-third the price of comparable PACS products, can be quicklyand easily installed (usually within four to six weeks of contract), can be configuredto meet current needs, and easily expanded, and can even be used asmodules to add functionality to an existing PACS ... always at affordableprices!”
EXAM-PACS™ can be seen at RSNA 2003, integrated with the new MantisIQ™ RIS from Mantis Technology, Booth #6432.
About CoActiv, LLC
Based in Ridgefield, CT, CoActiv, LLC was formed to develop, market andservice a complete line of PACS, tele-radiology and DICOM utilities. AlthoughCoActiv, as a company, is new, it is an affiliate of AMSYS, INC. of Ridgefield,CT, and, calling upon the experience and expertise of it’s sister company,CoActiv has, in effect, nearly 20 years experience providing IT products,services and support to hundreds of healthcare providers.
The company’s founder, Edward C. Heere is one of the pioneers of the IBM-PCcompatible industry, having designed, sourced and imported one of the firstIBM compatible PC systems in 1982. Mr. Heere has more than 35 yearsexperience in the imaging and IT fields. He is heavily involved in numerousphilanthropic activities aimed at advancing the causes of business, medicineand intellectual pursuits. He brings his immense talents and energy to theendeavor as a natural expression of his keen interest in these areas.
For technical information, please call CoActiv toll-free at 877-CoActiv (262-2848)or visit the website at www.coactiv.com
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