Cloud computing comes to healthcare as Telemis rolls out PACS data storage service

Medical-quality cloud computing provides flexible, cost-effective storage meeting national healthcare-data standards Telemis, the medical imaging solutions specialist, has added Cloud data storage offering increased flexibility, convenience and cost effectiveness to the options available for customers of its Picture Archiving and Communication System (PACS). The Telemis cloud technology provides secure storage and access to data such as PET/CT scans, and meets all patient-data handling requirements imposed by local or national authorities. Cloud computing is transforming the way many types of enterprises manage information and resources. Data in the cloud can be accessed where and when needed, while traditional in-house IT responsibilities like equipment maintenance, skills retention and backup can be avoided. Such advantages are attractive in the healthcare sector also, but additional, stringent security and privacy legislation applies. Moreover, the law can vary from country to country. Telemis is considering successful deployments at reference sites throughout Belgium, France, Switzerland and elsewhere, meeting all locally applicable laws covering patient data storage. Typically, legislation may call for partnerships with accredited data centers located within the same country. Telemis has put in place all the medical layers, in terms of software and services, to ensure legal compliance as well as enhancing patient support. "Our reference sites are among the early adopters of cloud technology in the healthcare sector, and are reaping the benefits of increased flexibility and cost effectiveness ahead of the curve," said Stephane Ketelaer, CEO of the Telemis group. "Telemis is positioned to offer the expertise and resources needed to support rapid, widespread adoption going forward." Among the applications making up the service, Telemis' TM-Publisher provides a web interface enabling hospital consultants as well as patients and their General Practitioners (GPs) to access data securely via the Internet. Two pass-codes are associated with individual patient records, enabling authorized access to data at any time without bandwidth limitations. This helps overcome the problems GPs can often experience accessing traditional hospital-based servers, if large numbers of doctors demand service. Patients also can access their own records online. Images can be stored in either DICOM or .jpg format, eliminating reliance on paper, films or CD-ROM. The web interface provides tools such as zoom, rotate and measure, assisting analysis. Another application is for public or private health organizations to migrate archives from on-site storage such as a NAS or SAN to the cloud, without requiring their own managers to perform specific configuration tasks. Optimal data confidentiality is maintained throughout the migration. Telemis will present the first demonstration of its Cloud Technology during the Health Information Technologies (HIT Paris) exhibition and conference, May 22-25, 2012 in Paris, Porte de Versailles (www.health-it.fr). The Cloud Technology will also be shown June 1-6 in Turin, Italy during the SIRM congress (www.congresso.sirm.org). Those who are not planning to attend the exhibition can view an online demo at http://telemis.demo.grita.fr. (Monday, May 21, 2012)

RSNA 2011: From PACS to MACS - Telemis offers next-generation multimedia solution

Second generation PACS software combines integrated support for DICOM and non-DICOM images with comprehensive multimedia and sharing functionality Telemis, the specialist in medical imaging solutions, is offering visitors to this year's RSNA event the first opportunity to see second-generation PACS (Picture Archiving and Communication System) software that combines true multimedia capabilities with support for both DICOM and non-DICOM images. Built on the latest version of Telemis-Medical PACS, the new "MACS" (Multimedia Archiving and Communication System) provides a single, integrated solution for the sharing, archiving, retrieval and editing of digital images, high-definition video and other multimedia files across a wide variety of medical disciplines. All standard DICOM formats including DICOM-RT, DICOM Multiframe and DICOM-Video are supported. Using MACS, radiologists, nuclear medicine specialists, endoscopists, surgeons, clinicians and a variety of other medical professionals can quickly and easily access the same tools and visualization functionality via a consistent, intuitive interface. As well as sharing information within a hospital, clinic or practice, MACS supports external, secure access via PCs and laptops for medical staff that may be travelling or based at other locations. In addition a module is also available that allows general practitioners (GPs) to securely access their patients' medical images from their local surgeries. While Telemis MACS provides the leading solution for hospitals, clinics and private practices looking to install their first PACS system, it can also be used to replace and upgrade existing PACS systems from a variety of suppliers. Telemis has developed specific tools for migration and recovery of patient history data that ensures rapid and seamless evolution to a MACS implementation - either as an upgrade of an existing PACS or a complete migration from PACS to MACS. Telemis CEO, Stephane Ketelaer, comments: "The ability for professionals across a variety of disciplines to access all relevant files, images and videos from anywhere at anytime can significantly speed patient diagnosis, treatment and recuperation. For example, using the system radiologists can plan treatment from any meeting room or perform MPR from their laptop; surgeons can review HD video of operations and endoscopic examinations; and family physicians can access historical data to improve diagnosis." Built into Version 4.3 of Telemis-Medical PACS, the new MACS functionality also offers an extensive range of tools for collaboration that will enable radiologists and clinicians to work more efficiently together. These innovations, which include real-time screen sharing and instant messaging will speed and simplify the ability of two experts to share their views. (Monday, November 28, 2011)

JFR 2011 : Telemis unveils HD video support and improved collaboration features with latest PACS system

New version of popular software appears alongside latest demonstrations and prototypes at Paris event Telemis, the specialist in medical imaging solutions, has launched a new version of its popular PACS (Picture Archiving and Communication Software) that adds HD video support and improved options for collaboration between medical professionals. Telemis-Medical PACS version 4.3 makes its debut at this year's Journées Françaises de Radiologie exhibition and congress in Paris alongside the company's latest PACS demonstrations, prototypes and 'proof of concept' technologies. For many years, Telemis has championed the multimedia capabilities of its PACS solutions and the addition of HD video support will help hospitals, clinics and private practices to further improve diagnosis and treatment. From HD "DICOMisation" of analogue video sources, to the viewing and editing of HD video from any computer, Telemis-Medical PACS version 4.3 represents yet another step towards a global PACS system that can be used by a wide variety of medical professionals including radiologists, specialists in nuclear medicine, gastroenterologists, endoscopists and surgeons. The move towards a more collaborative PACS system sees two new methods of communication - screen sharing in real time and an instant messaging tool - that will enable radiologists and clinicians to work more efficiently together. These innovations will speed and simplify the ability of two experts to share their views. Version 4.3 of Telemis-Medical PACS also features other improvements such as universal search and more precise hip measurement techniques. Traditionally, Telemis also uses the Journées Françaises de Radiologie to showcase the latest prototypes under development. This year users will be invited to exchange their views with Telemis experts, and offer support to the best idea presented. Telemis is likely to include in future PACS versions the prototype technology that will receive most votes at this year's event. (Friday, October 21, 2011)

Telemis profits fuelled by European expansion and investment in innovative technology

Ninth consecutive profitable year for medical imaging specialist sees number of European installations grow to 175 Telemis, the specialist in medical imaging solutions, has reported its ninth consecutive profitable year as a result of a strategy that has seen continued European expansion and ongoing R&D investment. Consolidated net earnings for 2010 - 2011 were €664,481 on a consolidated turnover of €6,841,952, up from €6,582,656 in the previous year. The company continued to operate with minimum balance sheet debt thanks to total assets of over €9.5 million and cash reserves of €3.8 million. The successful results follow a year in which Telemis expanded its operations in Europe through organic growth and the acquisition of leading Italian PACS (Picture Archiving and Communications System) specialist Micromedica Ltd. As a result the company now has a European installed base of 175 hospitals and private practices. Telemis also continued to make significant R&D investments in 2010 - 2011 as well as building business from global medical OEMs. The latest results were unveiled at the recent annual shareholders' meeting where Stephane Ketelaer, CEO of the Telemis group, commented: "With a strong balance sheet and consistent profitability Telemis remains in an excellent position to continue its strategy for growth, which is based on innovative technologies, geographic expansion and sales to medical OEMs. The acquisition of Micromedica consolidated our European position and contributed to the expansion of our installed base in Europe, while our high levels of investment in R&D helped us meet the advanced imaging and PACS requirements of both direct customers and OEMs." (Tuesday, July 26, 2011)

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