Halifax Medical Center Selects VERICIS for Cardiovascular Imaging

6/16/2004 - Camtronics Medical Systems, Ltd., a subsidiary of Analogic Corporation (NASDAQ: ALOG), announced that Halifax Medical Center (HMC), Daytona Beach, Florida, has selected VERICIS® for cardiovascular image and information management. HMC is recipient of a HealthGrades® 2004 Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence award; its cardiology program earned a HealthGrades five-star rating, placing it among the top five percent of cardiology programs nationwide. The VERICIS Cardiovascular Information System will be installed in HMC’s Cardiovascular Diagnostic and Interventional Institute, an expansion of the Halifax Heart Center that is currently under construction and expected to open this summer.

According to Matthew Petkus, manager of cardiovascular services at HMC, Camtronics’ ability to integrate data from disparate cardiovascular modalities was a key factor in the institution’s final decision. “When I took over management responsibilities 18 months ago, one of the first problems I noticed was the islands of information all over the cardiology department. Getting information on a single patient required going to multiple sources and viewing data in multiple formats. Our goal is for a physician to be able to sit down at a single workstation, pull up all the information that exists on a patient at that location, and then render an interpretation. Of the six companies we evaluated, Camtronics was the only one that could demonstrate this kind of complete cardiovascular data integration.”

The VERICIS system will acquire, store, and distribute digital images from the HMC’s cardiac catheterization and echocardiography laboratories and will connect and provide access to images on HMC’s Radiology PACS. The installation will also include Camtronics’ cardiac cath and echocardiography clinical reporting modules, Web Server, and bi-directional Hospital Information System interface. In HMC’s four cath labs, the system will integrate with Camtronics’ PhysioLog™ hemodynamic monitoring system to enable streamlined, computer-based results reporting, effectively eliminating the costs and delays associated with transcription.

HMC will also be installing Quinton Cardiology Systems’ Pyramis® ECG management system. Camtronics and Quinton announced a strategic alliance in 2003 to develop integrated cardiology solutions that leverage each company’s respective product lines. This was a key differentiator, says Petkus. “Our physicians want to be able to pull up a patient’s ECG at the same time they are reviewing a cath or echo study. Some of the vendors we talked to couldn’t understand why this was important. This just reinforced our view that Camtronics was the only company that had taken into consideration all the information cardiologists need when they sit down to review clinical data on a patient.”

Halifax Medical Center is a 764-bed, full-service tertiary care hospital serving the Daytona Beach area known as Florida’s Funcoast. Founded in 1928, it offers the region’s most modern Heart Center, the only Trauma Center, and one of Florida’s busiest emergency departments, including a Pediatric Emergency Center. Other centers of excellence include The Betty Jane France Pediatrics Center, named for the ‘First Lady of NASCAR,’ and featuring, in addition to pediatric and neonatal intensive care units, the uniquely themed ‘Speediatrics’ area where family support is often bolstered by visits from world-famous racecar drivers. The Medical Center is host institution for the Herbert D. Kerman Regional Oncology Centers and the area’s only Comprehensive Stroke Center. It is a teaching hospital with a noted family practice residency program and radiography program. HMC is part of Halifax·Fish Community Health, a comprehensive healthcare system

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