Telemis extends PACS capabilities with new mammographic module and enhanced comparative monitoring.

Telemis extends PACS capabilities with new mammographic module and enhanced comparative monitoring    Version 4.8 of image archiving and transmission platform combines new tools for radiologists with advanced features and mobile connectivity    Louvain-la-Neuve, (Belgium), 10. November 2016 – Telemis, the medical imaging, archiving and transmission specialist, has launched the next generation of its PACS (Picture Archiving and Communication System) software. Version 4.8 of the Telemis-Medical archiving software and image transmission platform features improved diagnostic mammography and comparison functionality alongside powerful visualization capabilities for users of mobile devices. The new version also further simplifies sharing of medical imaging data between medical practitioners and within and between medical facilities.   Telemis-Medical PACS 4.8 offers new tools to radiologists in specialized areas such as breast imaging as well as facilitating improved comparative monitoring of images obtained from examinations conducted by other radiological disciplines. The mammographic diagnosis module has been completely revised to enable the intelligent and efficient management of digital tomosynthesis images and to improve the management of multi-modal display data.     The new version of the software can calculate the doubling time according to the RECIST analysis criteria and delivers instant fusion of image data obtained from multi-modal examinations.  A re-designed viewing and treatment tool for DICOM-RT images will benefit radiation therapists by supporting collaboration and discussion across multiple disciplines. Telemis-Medical PACS 4.8 also now offers native support for PDF DICOM files.   In developing the latest version of its software, Telemis has continued its focus on communication and mobility. Tablet users have access to the full power of visualization applications to assess imaging information from multiple locations. This includes secure transfer of images to and from external parties, including home doctors.    Telemis Group CEO, Stephane Ketelaer, states: “In this new release we combine advances in specialist areas with the ability to transfer images to tools outside of the PACS environment, while facilitating greater communication between specialists. Using the latest version, health care professionals can go beyond simply transmitting images to provide full medical contexts using secure communications that do not compromise patient confidentiality.”   Telemis-Medical PACS version 4.8 will be launched at the Radiological Society of North America Annual Meeting (RSNA) being held in Chicago from 27th November to 2nd December 2016. As in previous years, Telemis will use the RSNA event to present its latest prototypes and cutting-edge technologies. Visitors can share their views with Telemis developers and engineers, discuss the benefits of the various concepts presented during the show, and vote for their favourite technology prototypes. The concepts that receive the most votes at the show are likely to be incorporated into future versions of Telemis-Medical PACS.   14/11/2016

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


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