New Partnership In Medical ASP

    March 3, 2006

Mercury Computer Systems announced an extended partnership with image management specialist Acuo Technologies. Part of the deal includes Acuo working with U.S. service providers and including Mercury’s image management solution as bundled offering in the ASP package in the U.S.

In cooperation with other providers, Acuo Technologies has created a completely hosted solution for healthcare IT, including image-information and other management systems. Under this partnership, hospitals, clinics and physicians are able to access the web-based software from Visage PACS locally via Acuo’s peer-aware architecture, or centrally via data center-hosted solutions. Radiologists and clinicians can access the PACS solution at any time via the Internet and retrieve medical imaging data for interpretation, as well as archive image data in the data center. Visage PACS offers comprehensive workflow optimization and supports standards such as IHE and HL 7.

“In the ASP model as well, hospitals enjoy the full functionality of Visage PACS. Data access is on demand via a browser and is in real time,” said Marcelo Lima, Vice President of Commercial Imaging and Visualization at Mercury Computer Systems. “In this way, doctors can store their image data in a distributed or central approach without losing time, and use it for interpretation.”

In addition, hospitals opting for this outsourcing solution can reduce the total cost of ownership. “Users only have to pay a usage fee, per study or monthly, for example. Further investments for IT infrastructure and software licensing are not needed,” emphasized
Shannon Werb, CTO at Acuo Technologies.

“Our provider partners make the necessary infrastructure available in the data processing center and undertake the entire hardware and software maintenance. Thus, the users’ expenditure of time and costs is dramatically reduced. Because data are accessed via VPN, ultimate data protection is ensured.” Ten imaging centers and clinics in the United States have already signed up for the ASP services.

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John Stith is a staff writer for WebProNews covering technology and business.