Wounds, bed sores, skin conditions: everything in the PACS!

How do you objectively assess the changes in a wound? The requirements of radiology departments, in terms of storage and disease monitoring, are well-known and have been studied for many years.  But what about the needs of clinicians? How can you objectively assess the changes in a wound or bed sore, or prepare for complex surgery? How do you reproduce photos of knocks and injuries seen by the accident and emergency department...two years later? Did someone say DICOM? Most PACS use images in DICOM format because they are standardised and  combine the image with the patient's personal information: name, unique identification number, and date of birth. Telemis has been processing JPG images and videos in AVI format for over 10 years,. This widens the field of technological possibilities, moving towards a MACS system for all departments in the hospital. But there has always been the challenge of linking the JPG image to the right patient; this is a potential source of error, especially when it comes to identifying the wounds of various patients. The game of "Guess Who?"  could soon turn into a nightmare. Why is it difficult? The main challenge lies in trying to match the picture unambiguously with the corresponding patient. "Today, the vast majority of doctors use smartphones or tablets that can take high-quality photographs to illustrate and later compare medical facts," says Didier Cauchois, Information Systems and Operations Manager of the Oscar Lambret Regional Cancer Centre in Lille. The difficult thing is to import a list of patients onto those portable devices and match them, as soon as the picture is taken, with the right study or the correct image. To achieve this amazing feat, Telemis has used its TM-Worklist solution to provide a hospital worklist that is not connected to the RIS, which is by definition linked to radiology. Depending on the particular HIS partners and on the hospital's patient file, the TM-Worklist is able to provide one worklist per doctor or per department, or a global one for the institution. In parallel, Telemis has developed TM-Capture, a new solution able to retrieve investigation lists, create photos and send them to PACS/MACS, directly into the patient file, from an iOS or Android mobile device. This user-friendly solution requires no prior installation and the transfer takes place in just a few clicks. But in practice: what does the clinician need to do? The practitioner simply launches the TM-Capture tool on his/her smartphone or tablet, selects the patient from the personalised investigation list, and takes a picture of the condition that needs to be documented.  Once confirmed, the information entered is sent to PACS/MACS. The images generated and transferred in this way are placed in the patient file on the institutional Telemis system, just like a radiology study.  It is very easy to search, view, and compare images using the usual Telemis tools. An example? The Oscar Lambret Centre in Lille will be the first site to use this new solution. 

GSMN chooses Telemis multi-platform medical imaging technology for Swiss clinics.

Secure solution enhances premium patient care at facilities in all three Swiss language regions Louvain-la-Neuve, (Belgium), 2. February 2015 – Genolier Swiss Medical Network (GSMN), Switzerland’s second largest network of private clinics, has chosen PACS (picture archiving and communication system) specialist Telemis to provide a multi-platform, multi-language medical imaging solution. The secure solution, which has been implemented at all fifteen of GSMN’s clinics, speeds the provision of quality care by allowing medical staff and patients to quickly and easily share and view medical images. GSMN - the only private medical company to operate in all three of the Swiss language regions - provides the highest possible levels of care to both Swiss and foreign patients. The company employs around 2300 people, of which around 1400 are doctors. The PACS solution that Telemis has implemented at the GSMN clinics provides advanced technology for the instant sharing of images across PC, Mac and mobile platforms. Image sharing takes place within the highest levels of security to ensure patient privacy and guarantee data confidentiality. An intuitive user interface is available in English, French, German and Italian. Using the new system, medical staff and GSMN patients themselves can see a variety of images just a few minutes after they are created. In addition to the radiological images traditionally associated with PACS implementations, the GSMN system will also cover images associated with surgery and dermatology as well as pictures of other conditions including bedsores. Dr Jean-Pascal Verdon, a radiology specialist working at the GSMN Institut d'Imagerie Médicale in Genolier, comments: “The Telemis solution is a high-end tool for our demanding Swiss and foreign patient base that helps GSMN doctors speed the care they provide. It also allows us to seek instantaneous second opinions from university hospital experts with just a few clicks. The system supports the delivery of the best possible patient management, including ensuring a prompt return home following treatment.” Telemis Group CEO Stephane Ketelaer adds: “Reduced waiting times, provision of the best possible medical expertise, and full respect for patient privacy and confidentiality are fundamental aspects of our ‘Extending Human Life’ mission. Offering secure support for multiple platforms, languages and locations, the new system delivers on all of these criteria and further enhances the premium care that GSMN can provide to patients.”  

Latests Telemis PACS combines 360° medical imaging and new ultrasounds tools with solutions for smartphones and tablets.

Version 4.6 of leading image archiving and transmission platform adds new multi-planar processing and ultrasound reporting capabilities and more options for flexible capture and viewing Telemis, the medical imaging, archiving and transmission specialist, has launched a new version of its leading PACS (Picture Archiving and Communication Systems) software at the Journées Françaises de Radiologie (JFR) technical exhibition and congress in Paris. Telemis-Medical PACSversion 4.6 includes advanced functions for 360° medical imaging and ultrasound reporting and offers a new architecture to reduce image processing overheads. Version 4.6 also supports migration to true MACS (Multimedia Archiving and Communication System) functionality by providing a route to handling non-DICOM images, including pictures from smartphones and tablets. Telemis-Medical PACS version 4.6 delivers enhanced 360° capabilities through new tools for multi-planar processing alongside revolutionary new capabilities for reporting ultrasound data. The latter dramatically improve the readability of results by clearly positioning screenshot markers. Furthermore, in line with the Telemis philosophy of continual improvement, the latest Telemis-Medical PACS also offers two new platform options: TM-ZFP (Telemis-Medical Zero Footprint) that improves the flexibility for viewing images within hospitals and other medical facilities; and TM-Capture, which supports the capture and sharing of images using mobile devices. TM-ZFP does not require installation of software on computers, tablets or other technology used by medical staff and reduces the overhead of image post-processing on external systems. When used with suitable hardware TM-ZFP allows radiologists and other medical professionals to make more diagnoses and observations from a single console. Work can be optimized for any screen, including those used in boardrooms. Telemis-Medical PACS version 4.6 also supports true MACS (Multimedia Archiving and Communication System) functionality by providing options for handling non-DICOM data through TM-Dicomizer and the new Telemis TM-Capture product. TM-Dicomizer provides solutions for integrating images from devices such as endoscopes into a PACS system, while TM-Capture enables clinicians to photograph and share images that are tagged to specific patients using smartphones or tablets. These additional products are a major breakthrough for therapeutic monitoring in areas ranging from dermatology to accident and emergency. With TM-Capture, for instance, a doctor, nurse, clinician or other medical professional can identify the patient, record images and videos and send them directly to the host PACS system. This simplifies the observation and recording of evolving symptoms and provides for optimized internal and external sharing of information. Telemis Group CEO Stephane Ketelaer says: "These new platforms not only guarantee our customers technological sustainability of their PACS solutions, but also open new doors to the use of PACS in a more clinical setting. Building on our 'Extending Human Life' mission, the latest announcement contributes to our goal of bringing technology closer to clinical practice and at the service of as many healthcare professionals as possible." As in previous years, Telemis will use the JFR event to present its latest prototypes and cutting-edge technologies. Visitors can share their views with Telemis engineers, discuss the benefits of the various concepts presented during the show, and vote for their favourite technology prototypes. Concepts that receive the most votes are likely to be incorporated into future versions of Telemis-Medical PACS. 17/10/2014

Telemis announces record revenues built on advanced PACS technologies for early and precise diagnosis of critical pathologies.

'MACS' strategy and strong R&D investment delivers twelfth consecutive year of profitability and revenue increase of 6% Telemis, the medical imaging company specialising in PACS (Picture Archiving and Communication Systems), has announced another record year of trading with revenues increasing by over 6%. Now in its 12th consecutive year of profitability, the latest results reflect the success of the ongoing Telemis strategy to invest heavily in R&D for the delivery of advanced MACS (Multimedia Archive and Communication Systems) solutions that support early and precise diagnosis of cancer, heart disease and other critical pathologies. Audited accounts for the year to 31st March 2014 show that Telemis annual revenues rose from €7,839,853 to €8,345,023 with a net profit of €665,338. The company's increasingly healthy financial position is also reflected in a total equity of €6,058,630 on a balance sheet of €14,248,711, while cash at hand stands at €2,647,016. Telemis attributes its ongoing growth to the evolution of its MACS strategy, which is designed to provide solutions that allow healthcare professionals to quickly and easily record, store, retrieve and share all types of imaging materials including non radiology content. This strategy has been developed in close conjunction with users, including the feedback received during regular Telemis user group meetings. Significant investment in R&D is a continuing theme, leading to new and more powerful tools such as the latest version of Telemis PACS (version 4.5), which was launched at last year's Journées Françaises de Radiologie (JFR) technical exhibition and congress. Announcing the results at the annual shareholder meeting, Telemis Group CEO Stephane Ketelaer, stated: "Twelve years of consecutive profitability and continued revenue growth is testimony to our strategy of listening carefully to healthcare professionals and responding through high levels of targeted R&D investment. This results in high levels of customer satisfaction thanks to industry-leading products, technologies and services that provide clinicians with solutions that help them deliver the best possible care to patients. Precise and early diagnosis of cancer, heart disease and other pathologies is critical to desirable outcomes and at Telemis we are completely focused on using our knowledge and expertise to make a positive impact." He added: "We anticipate new MACS implementations being rolled out in Europe this year and that there will be further new business opportunities for Telemis solutions in a number of territories as users look to migrate from older or less effective alternatives." 27/08/2014

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