IONA's Artix Enables Medical Insight to See Clearly with EasyViz

8/11/2004 - IONA® Technologies (NASDAQ: IONA), a world leader in high-performance integration solutions for mission-critical IT environments, announced that Medical Insight, an innovative company specialising in image and data management systems for the healthcare sector, has selected IONA's ArtixTM to add multi-protocol and multi-platform integration capabilities to its product offering.

Medical Insight will use Artix to enable seamless integration of its EasyVizTM application with the disparate IT environments found in the company's healthcare customer organisations. EasyViz is designed to provide healthcare practitioners instant access to centralised patient records and images from any location, delivered to any device.

"It is critically important to us to be able to connect seamlessly to a variety of technical environments from numerous client devices," said Niels Husted Kjr, Manager of R&D at Medical Insight. "Following extensive industry research and technical evaluation, we identified Artix as the integration solution that would best meet our requirements. Key to this decision was Artix' ability to provide a single embedded integration point in our software that required no additional hardware resources and is independent of the systems and applications deployed at our client sites. We were impressed, too, with how quickly we were able to solve such a potentially complex integration problem with Artix."

Medical Insight's customers include global healthcare organisations with disparate and complex technology environments. The combination of high performance, small footprint and native support for multiple platforms and protocols made Artix a natural choice for Medical Insight and its customers. By using a standards based, service oriented integration approach, Artix provides a single integration point from EasyViz to customers' internal systems, regardless of their underlying technology.

"ISVs are looking for solutions for seamless interoperability with any number of technically diverse customer environments," said Ron Schmelzer, senior analyst with ZapThink, LLC. "Web Services-based integration products, like Artix, provide a perfect fit for these emerging and demanding integration needs. In particular, Artix' small runtime footprint, single point of integration control, and enterprise security features address the particular integration needs of these demanding users."

"Artix is ideally suited for use by Independent Software Vendors that need to connect applications to a myriad of unknown and technically disparate customer environments," said Peter Zotto, COO, IONA Technologies. "Artix is designed to provide this kind of connectivity at the performance levels that ISVs demand and with the small footprint they require. These customers also recognise that IONA has a decade's experience delivering such core technology to ISVs worldwide. For IONA it is a natural progression to the new era of SOA and Web services based integration, and customers recognise this with their selection of Artix."

About IONA
For more than a decade, IONA® Technologies (NASDAQ: IONA) has been a world leader in delivering high-performance integration solutions for enterprise IT environments. IONA pioneered standards-based integration with its CORBA-based Orbix® product family. The ArtixTM product family, IONA's new generation of integration solutions, enables existing enterprise systems to be integrated with an organization's common infrastructure components. Customers use Artix to incorporate current IT assets into valuable new business applications through enterprise-class, standards-based connectivity.

With its partners, IONA can deliver NOW on the promise of service-oriented integration, making it possible for customers to achieve system longevity and agility at a significantly lower cost.

IONA's customers include Global 2000 companies in telecommunications, financial services, aerospace and manufacturing, including AT&T, Verizon, BellSouth, Deutsche Telekom, British Telecom, Hong Kong Telecom, NTT, Credit Suisse, Merrill Lynch, Winterthur Insurance, Zurich Insurance and Boeing.

IONA is headquartered in Dublin, Ireland, with U.S. headquarters in Waltham, Massachusetts and offices worldwide. For additional information about IONA, visit our Web site at

About Medical Insight
Medical Insight A/S is an innovative Danish company specializing in systems for managing and distributing patient images and data in healthcare organizations. The company's breakthrough system for Image and Data Management, EasyVizTM, is available worldwide. The EasyVizTM technology, which is unique to the medical IT market, produces measurable financial benefits and improves workflows and patient care. The system includes full PACS and RIS functionality, giving radiologists and clinicians hospital-wide access to patient data, focused diagnostic modules and planning tools. EasyVizTM is 100% based on open standards, and patent-pending streaming methods supports low-bandwidth wireless and remote devices - like Windows PC's, thin clients and even PDA's.

Medical Insight is a global IBM Advanced Business Partner, utilizing IBM's reliable, economic and scalable Linux PC-cluster technology.

Medical Insight is headquartered in outside of Copenhagen in Denmark, and has offices in Chicago and Toronto to serve the North American market.

IONA, IONA Technologies, the IONA logo, Orbix, High Performance Integration, Artix, Mobile Orchestrator and Making Software Work Together are trademarks or registered trademarks of IONA Technologies PLC and/or its subsidiaries. CORBA is a trademark or registered trademark of the Object Management Group, Inc. in the United States and other countries.

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