Telemis announces 14th year of consecutive profitability, pays down debt and lays foundation for future growth.

Strong balance sheet, ongoing investment and new projects provide basis for increased revenues   Louvain-la-Neuve, (Belgium), 8. September 2016 – Telemis, the medical imaging, archiving and transmission specialist, has announced results for its 2015 – 2016 financial year that show a fourteenth consecutive year of profitability and a significant strengthening of the balance sheet. At the same time, the company confirms it is anticipating further growth of its PACs business in the 2016 – 2017 financial year.     In a year that saw the company pay down 38% of its debt, the latest results record a pre-tax profit of €323,631 on revenues of €6,838,864. The company’s balance sheet remains strong with equity in excess of €6.5 million.   During the financial year Telemis announced a new version of its PACS (Picture Archiving and Communication System) software that provides a number of new tools for radiologists. PACS 4.7 offers a 4-dimensional magnetic resonance examination viewer, integrated "tumor follow-up" capabilities, and a more efficient volume measurement tracking system. The work of clinicians has been further simplified through the availability of 3D visualization and the ability to transfer 360° medical imaging.   Significant among the company’s implementation successes are its ability to address the particularly demanding performance, functionality and service requirements of university teaching hospitals such as CHU (Centre Hospitalier Universitaire) Limoges. The Telemis-Medical PACS system at this 2010-bed facility has received very high levels of positive user feedback in terms of both the PACS technology and the support provided by Telemis.     The latest results were announced at the Telemis Group’s annual shareholder meeting, where Stephane Ketelaer, Telemis Group CEO, characterized the year as one of consolidation, stating: “We managed to achieve our fourteenth consecutive year of profitability despite noticeably tougher trading conditions that included budget restrictions in a number of our key markets. We took the opportunity to strengthen our balance sheet by paying down debt, we continued to invest significantly in R&D, and we secured a number of new projects.”   He added: “With revenue from many new projects being recorded in the coming financial year, plus our strengthening presence in the ‘CHU’ arena – combined with the additional benefits that the latest Telemis-Medical PACS solution can offer medical facilities around the world - we look forward to using our solid financial position to support our ongoing global business growth in 2016 – 2017 and beyond.”   19/09/2016

Bidirectional integration successfully incorporated into an RIS system.

The Clinique Saint-Jean in Brussels has 558 beds and 1,400 staff members over three sites (Botanique, Méridien and Léopold I). It offers a full range of physical and mental health services. It has a cardiac surgery unit, radiotherapy facilities, neurosurgery unit and a maternity department in which there are over 2,200 deliveries annually.  In 2007, Clinique Saint-Jean chose the Telemis PACS system. This collaboration has gone from strength to strength. Telemis has provided expertise not just in radiology but in various applications in cardiology, radiotherapy, vascular ultrasound, operating theatre imaging and nuclear medicine. -Dr Christian Venet   The Clinique Saint-Jean has recently updated its RIS system, adopting a more powerful and accurate version. SBIM (the Belgian Medical Informatics Society) suggested the new MEDES software (Medical Efficient Solutions) for this purpose. Implementing this system at Clinique Saint-Jean and integrating it with the Telemis PACS system was a pilot project for SBIM.   The challenge was to migrate the old RIS system to the new framework, while maintaining flawless integration with the Telemis PACS system. For over nine years, the Telemis-Medical image management system has been used daily for acquiring, storing, archiving and using radiology images for diagnostic purposes.   Flexible integration   In integrating the new system with the existing one, the main priorities for Telemis were to respect existing users’ habits and the multi-site nature of the Clinique Saint-Jean. PACS functionalities and configurations, which had been added piecemeal as part of eight different upgrades, had to be preserved, while leaving the way open for new possibilities. “The system is designed to be adaptable to various requirements coming from all radiology services.” said Dr Christian Venet, head of the Radiology department at Clinique Saint-Jean.   Processes that are simple... from the user’s side   The front-end integration was reviewed to make the job easier and reduce the number of operations required to move between files. One example is automatic retrieval of the end of the RIS summary in the PACS system. This gives a diagnostic indication to clinicians in the shortest possible time. This simplicity of process and powerful integration has led to the excellent results this project has achieved.   A fruitful collaboration   With this combined PACS expertise with RIS knowledge, radiologists now have access to a solution that is entirely appropriate for the Belgian market, with clear synergies between the two solutions, thanks to twelve years of joint working.   20/07/2016  

Listening and recovery - Limoges University Hospital.

The Telemis-Medical PACS has been operational at the Limoges University Hospital since 2013. The hospital has a total of 2010 beds distributed across five separate sites. After using the PACS for two years, we thought it would be a good idea to analyse some feedback on the installation and day-to-day use of the PACS.  To do this, we spoke to Prof. Monteil, Head of Nuclear Medicine, and Mr Gendronneau, PACS Project Leader.   What do you think about the management of the installation? "We soon realised that the realities of use in the field would necessitate some changes compared to the initial specification. Telemis understood the need for these functional and technical modifications, and implemented them.  It is no doubt thanks to the responsive support of the whole team of application engineers and a meeting in Limoges with Telemis R&D that the PACS installation went smoothly and without any major problems," says Mr Gendronneau. The nice thing, says Prof. Monteil, is that "As a small company, Telemis is more flexible than big organisations. This effect shows up directly in the day-to-day use of the PACS because it is developed in User Mode. This means that PACS functionality is developed according to the end user; this development is not complicated to use."   What do you think of the follow-up by the Telemis team? "Overall, we feel that our needs were listened to. Follow-up took place naturally and without delay. We have no bad surprises with Telemis. Updates take place on time, version changes are risk-free and without regression, and significant features are added. Telemis compares favourably to the other giants." says Mr Gendronneau.   With regard to Nuclear Medicine, "There have been major changes, and staff meetings are now much more efficient thanks to the PACS," says Prof. Monteil. Obviously, nuclear medicine post-treatment consoles go even beyond the classic capabilities of PACS. "But the Telemis team is really motivated to move things forward along those lines," says Prof. Monteil, adding that "with regard to cross-sectional imaging, the tool is certainly well defined and optimised."   What do you think about the flexibility of Telemis? According to Didier Gendronneau, PACS Project Leader at the Limoges University Hospital: "First of all there is functional flexibility in terms of different users with a variety of work environments, but who use the same tool.  And secondly, there is technical flexibility: the Telemis Medical PACS is extremely configurable. Finally, the third aspect is human flexibility concerning project management and monitoring."   The concept of "unlimited services" is an important advantage when installing a PACS in a university setting.  It is also noteworthy that all of the additional services and software developments were carried out without any extra charges over and above the contract initially signed in the specification.   29/04/2016

MACS symposium... Towards a territorial approach!

The 10th Telemis Symposium on the theme "from territorial PACS to MACS" was held on Thursday, 14 January 2016 at the Cercle National des armées. Prof. Jacques Monteil and Mr. Cédric Gervaux of the Centre Hospitalier Universitaire of Limoges attested to the 'niche' aspect of nuclear medicine in PACS/MACS with the integration of images, by means of appropriate, more ergonomic and "RCP" oriented fusion tools through the Telemis tool. Mr Joël Petit, Medical-Technical Project Manager at the Centre Hospitalier of Versailles explained that the "stress tests, endoscopies, anatomical pathology images, videos made in the operating theatres, as well as radiography and nuclear medicine, were stored until now in Telemis PACS, or rather in Telemis MACS" and could be accessed by everyone in the facility. Dr Pascal Beroud, former President of the Union of Hospital Radiologists, Head of the Imaging Unit of the Groupe Hospitalier Est Francilien, spoke about the coordination required in managing continuity of care across the 3 facilities of the Nord Seine and Marne region and stressed that "the challenge of imaging is not only in acquiring new imaging methods but also and above all in the new territorial organisations to be established.  The question of Public / Private collaboration remains central to current debates". Mr. Laurent Roussel, Information System Manager of the Caen Cancer Centre, presented his portal for dissemination of results which enables more than one thousand doctors to access orders, prescriptions, laboratory results, reports and also medical imaging securely and in real time with the link to the Telemis regional imaging portal. In the second part of the day, MrsDominique Radureau, Manager of Strategy and Coordination CHT Rance Emeraude (St Malo, Dinan, Cancale), in a joint presentation with Dr. Nicolas Morcet, independent radiologist and Administrator of GCS (comprising the hospitals of Saint Malo, Dinan and the independent radiologists group of Cèdres) illustrated the public/private territorial cooperation on imaging covering several private/public facilities, in particular two hospitals, two radiology centres and three radiology clinics. The day ended with a round table session led by Dr. Jacques Albisetti, national coordinator of the SFR-Téléradio Group and member of the CA of the Union of Hospital Radiologists and Dr. Jean-Luc Montazel (independent radiologist from Annecy) highlighted that teleradiology brought together two previously disconnected worlds, the public and the private, and represented the way forward. Following this event, we answered the question: "Why does Telemis organise this type of event"? As a manufacturer, it is important for Telemis to bring together local stakeholders and to be proactive in organising this type of event, encouraging a sharing of views, where functional and technical exchanges on these subjects, which are at the heart of today's concerns, can take place. 03/03/2016


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