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eMix to be Focus of Radiologists' Talk at RSNA

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PACS news Podium Presentation Will Focus on Physicians' Experience of Cloud-Based Sharing of Medical Data Sharing

SAN DIEGO - The benefits of using a cloud-based service to share medical imaging studies and reports will be the focus of a presentation at RSNA 2011. The talk by Mark D. Kovacs, M.D. and Michael A. Trambert, M.D. reviews experience witheMix™, the industry-leading cloud-based medical data-sharing service.

eMix will also be exhibited at the conference, along with two new features that greatly expand its capabilities. In their presentation, Drs. Kovacs and Trambert will describe the technical barriers to sharing patient data between healthcare providers with different, proprietary information technology systems. They will also note the problems associated with the workaround solutions developed to overcome those barriers. These solutions include faxing, burning images to CDs, and sending files via virtual private networks.

The inadequacy of these solutions leads to patients being subjected to redundant imaging studies 10%-to-20% of the time, which exposes those patients to excess radiation and adds billions of dollars to national healthcare costs. The presenters will then demonstrate how cloud-based services have addressed the issue by providing data-sharing that is low-cost, secure, near instantaneous, and vender-neutral.

"Cloud-based information-sharing is a major development in medicine that has received far too little attention," said Dr. Trambert. "Until eMix was launched a couple of years ago, we had few good options if radiology files at one location needed to be read quickly at a distant location. Thanks to the early adopters of the cloud services, emergency patients are already receiving much faster diagnosis and treatment, with far wider adoption of this technology to come."

Dr. Trambert is the Lead Radiologist for PACS Reengineering for the Cottage Health System and Sansum Clinic in Santa Barbara, Calif.  Dr. Kovacs is a Radiology Department resident at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital. Their presentation will take place during the 3 p.m.-4 p.m. time period on Tuesday, Nov. 29 in Room S402 in the South Building, Level 4.

The new eMix features on display at the conference include 1) the Zero Footprint Viewer, which enables the receiver of an eMix package to do a full clinical review of the images on computers or mobile devices, and 2) EMRconnect™, which enables medical facilities to auto-send medical reports electronically, in multiple file formats. These reports can then be automatically harvested into the receiving EMR.

The feature-rich Zero Footprint Viewer makes it possible for physicians to clinically review imaging files on Internet-connected devices anywhere in the world, without having to move the files onto a PACS or other third-party application. This purely browser-based viewer is included as part of the eMix package.

The RSNA conference marks the first time that the EMRconnect feature will be generally available to the medical marketplace. EMRconnect is currently in beta trials since it was first announced in April. The eMix Zero Footprint Viewer is anticipated for beta release in the 4th Quarter of 2011 with General Availability in 1st Quarter of 2012.

With EMRconnect, eMix report recipients can designate their preferred report delivery formats, including HL7 (Health Level 7), CDA (Clinical Document Architecture), CCR (Continuity of Care Record), TXT (Text), PDF (Portable Document Format) and RTF (Rich Text Format) -- any of which can be imported into a physician's EMR.

The expansion of the eMix platform into the HL7 domain enables delivery of structured or encoded patient exam information into other healthcare IT systems. This allows for more standardization and flexibility in the sharing and processing of healthcare information among disparate IT systems and institutions.

DR Systems will be demonstrating the new eMix features at Booth #2822 in the South Building, Hall A. RSNA 2011 will be held Nov. 27 - Dec. 2 at the McCormick Place Convention Center in Chicago.

DR Systems will also be demonstrating its Meaningful Use Imaging EHR at its booth. The MU (meaningful use) Imaging EHR (electronic healthcare record) is designed to qualify radiologists for the maximum federal incentive payments available for meaningful use compliance supporting the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) goals for improved and efficient patient care.

About eMix

eMix is a business venture incubated by DR Systems, one of the most respected names in healthcare information systems. Electronic Medical Information Exchange (eMix) is cloud-based technology developed for sharing medical imaging studies and reports between disparate healthcare facilities and physicians with the speed and simplicity of email. eMix will also facilitate the inclusion of patient images into Electronic Medical Records (EMRs) and patients'
Personal Healthcare Records (PHRs).

The business-to-business capability of eMix will be followed with the launch of a patient portal for business-to-consumer data exchanges, as well as a long-term storage feature with highly flexible user-driven storage rules and options. For more information, visit www.emix.com or call 877-EMIX-MED (877-364-9633).

About DR Systems, Inc.

DR Systems is the leading independent provider of enterprise imaging and information management systems for integrated healthcare networks, hospitals, and diagnostic imaging centers. For more than 19 years, the company has helped over 500 hospitals and imaging center sites lower their cost of operation by improving management of patient information, eliminating ancillary IT systems and interfaces, and increasing workflow speed, while also providing better clinical quality and patient care.

For more information, call 800-794-5955 or visit www.drsys.com.

Media contact:

Liz Dowling, (415) 388-2794

Dowling & Dennis Public Relations

E-mail: Liz@DowlingDennis.net

Douglas Dill, (858) 200-8716

DR Systems

E-mail: ddill@drsys.com


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