Monday, March 23, 2009

Dalai Down South

Mrs. Dalai and I realized that we wouldn't have much vacation time with Dalai, Jr., this year. Since I have part of Spring Break week off, we decided to give the gang a bit of adventure, and head to Costa Rica for a few days.

We are staying at the all-inclusive Paradisus Playa Conchal, on the Guanacaste coast of Costa Rica. The property is beautiful, although there aren't any rooms on the beach per se. There have been some significant service glitches, and while I'm glad we came, when we return to Costa Rica someday, we won't come back to this hotel. In brief, the personell seem to be trained to say "no" before they actually look into whether or not they could grant a particular request. A slight change in attitude would turn this from a 6-level experience to a 9 or a 10. Oh well. Look for my report on TripAdvisor in a little while.
We've had some great times. Saturday, Mrs. D and Jr. went on a zip-line through the tree-tops. I got my harness on, and then my vertigo kicked in, and I bailed. But they enjoyed it!

Sunday, we took a drive to the Palo Verde National Park, for a trip down the river to feed the crocodiles and the Capucin (white-faced) monkeys.

This was quite a lesson in "sharing the wealth". The crocs just loved the raw chicken our guide offered them, and would have taken more (and his hand) had it been offered. The monkeys were cute as can be, but overran the boat, grabbing all the pieces of banana we had, and then left a calling-card (carajo) in a seat. But it was still worth the trip to see the little guys.

Today, Jr. got to go scuba-diving for the first time. Mrs. D. and I stayed on the boat and fretted for the 30 minutes he was underwater, and out of our sight. What great parents we are!

Since this is a PACS blog, I do have to note the presence of an Agfa branch-office at the hotel:

Given all the joys going on back home, I'm wondering if they need a radiologist around here. . .

Adios!

5 comments:

Rad Girl said...

Cool pics!

EXPHYS07 said...

Sectra IMTEC, AB and Sectra, NA is a relatively small to mid size PACS company that has the second largest install base in the world. It also boasts one of the best balance sheets in the industry coupled with an intensive collaborative R&D program with top Scandinavia Universities and Medical Imaging Scholars. Their original launch into the PACS market began with a reseller agreement with Philips Medical Systems and within the last 7 years they have launched as an independent company that develops, markets and sells RIS-PACS, Mammography PACS, Ortho PACS coupled with a second division that primarily develops and markets secured communication technology to the Government Sector and boasts a contract with NATO and other ministries of defense contracts around the world. They have also developed a unique low dose photon counting FFDM that is taking the market by storm within Europe and Scandinavia. They are currently waiting for their 510 K approval for the USA Market and anticipate a 2010 time frame.
The most attractive component of Sectra, NA is its ability to react quickly and responsively to their customer base within the USA and European markets. They are small enough for superlative agility and as there balance sheet attest they will not be purchased by an outside vendor as they are prohibited to be purchased by contractual agreement and have more than 900 million dollars in liquidity and small debut to earnings. Sectra has boasted strong consecutive growth for the last 14 quarters with an impressive 40% growth in there SC division.
There next generation platform IDS7 is going to leap frog a number of the competitors within the market place and coupled with a huge R&D resources both Advanced Visualization and XDSI connectivity will be far superior then most of the current players, which include Philips, GE, Fuji, Amicas, McKesson, and Siemens.
Overall, Sectra has a very stable PACS with high reliability and some nice tool sets for the end-users. On the Mammography PACS side they have the only solution currently on the market that is truly multi-modality and can answer many of the workflow issues when you are in a very complex multi disparate hospital imaging center and there is a need for high connectivity and when there are multiple images coming from multiple acquision devices, HIS, RIS and other third party PACS systems. They are truly on the fore front of offering a seamless integration with single desk top RIS integration and the highest connectivity capabilities across a large IDN, RHIO and multi disparate geographic health care delivery system.

EXPHYS07 said...

Sectra IMTEC, AB and Sectra, NA is a relatively small to mid size PACS company that has the second largest install base in the world. It also boasts one of the best balance sheets in the industry coupled with an intensive collaborative R&D program with top Scandinavia Universities and Medical Imaging Scholars. Their original launch into the PACS market began with a reseller agreement with Philips Medical Systems and within the last 7 years they have launched as an independent company that develops, markets and sells RIS-PACS, Mammography PACS, Ortho PACS coupled with a second division that primarily develops and markets secured communication technology to the Government Sector and boasts a contract with NATO and other ministries of defense contracts around the world. They have also developed a unique low dose photon counting FFDM that is taking the market by storm within Europe and Scandinavia. They are currently waiting for their 510 K approval for the USA Market and anticipate a 2010 time frame.
The most attractive component of Sectra, NA is its ability to react quickly and responsively to their customer base within the USA and European markets. They are small enough for superlative agility and as there balance sheet attest they will not be purchased by an outside vendor as they are prohibited to be purchased by contractual agreement and have more than 900 million dollars in liquidity and small debut to earnings. Sectra has boasted strong consecutive growth for the last 14 quarters with an impressive 40% growth in there SC division.
There next generation platform IDS7 is going to leap frog a number of the competitors within the market place and coupled with a huge R&D resources both Advanced Visualization and XDSI connectivity will be far superior then most of the current players, which include Philips, GE, Fuji, Amicas, McKesson, and Siemens.
Overall, Sectra has a very stable PACS with high reliability and some nice tool sets for the end-users. On the Mammography PACS side they have the only solution currently on the market that is truly multi-modality and can answer many of the workflow issues when you are in a very complex multi disparate hospital imaging center and there is a need for high connectivity and when there are multiple images coming from multiple acquision devices, HIS, RIS and other third party PACS systems. They are truly on the fore front of offering a seamless integration with single desk top RIS integration and the highest connectivity capabilities across a large IDN, RHIO and multi disparate geographic health care delivery system.

EXPHYS07 said...

Sectra IMTEC, AB and Sectra, NA is a relatively small to mid size PACS company that has the second largest install base in the world. It also boasts one of the best balance sheets in the industry coupled with an intensive collaborative R&D program with top Scandinavia Universities and Medical Imaging Scholars. Their original launch into the PACS market began with a reseller agreement with Philips Medical Systems and within the last 7 years they have launched as an independent company that develops, markets and sells RIS-PACS, Mammography PACS, Ortho PACS coupled with a second division that primarily develops and markets secured communication technology to the Government Sector and boasts a contract with NATO and other ministries of defense contracts around the world. They have also developed a unique low dose photon counting FFDM that is taking the market by storm within Europe and Scandinavia. They are currently waiting for their 510 K approval for the USA Market and anticipate a 2010 time frame.
The most attractive component of Sectra, NA is its ability to react quickly and responsively to their customer base within the USA and European markets. They are small enough for superlative agility and as there balance sheet attest they will not be purchased by an outside vendor as they are prohibited to be purchased by contractual agreement and have more than 900 million dollars in liquidity and small debut to earnings. Sectra has boasted strong consecutive growth for the last 14 quarters with an impressive 40% growth in there SC division.
There next generation platform IDS7 is going to leap frog a number of the competitors within the market place and coupled with a huge R&D resources both Advanced Visualization and XDSI connectivity will be far superior then most of the current players, which include Philips, GE, Fuji, Amicas, McKesson, and Siemens.
Overall, Sectra has a very stable PACS with high reliability and some nice tool sets for the end-users. On the Mammography PACS side they have the only solution currently on the market that is truly multi-modality and can answer many of the workflow issues when you are in a very complex multi disparate hospital imaging center and there is a need for high connectivity and when there are multiple images coming from multiple acquision devices, HIS, RIS and other third party PACS systems. They are truly on the fore front of offering a seamless integration with single desk top RIS integration and the highest connectivity capabilities across a large IDN, RHIO and multi disparate geographic health care delivery system.

EXPHYS07 said...

Sectra IMTEC, AB and Sectra, NA is a relatively small to mid size PACS company that has the second largest install base in the world. It also boasts one of the best balance sheets in the industry coupled with an intensive collaborative R&D program with top Scandinavia Universities and Medical Imaging Scholars. Their original launch into the PACS market began with a reseller agreement with Philips Medical Systems and within the last 7 years they have launched as an independent company that develops, markets and sells RIS-PACS, Mammography PACS, Ortho PACS coupled with a second division that primarily develops and markets secured communication technology to the Government Sector and boasts a contract with NATO and other ministries of defense contracts around the world. They have also developed a unique low dose photon counting FFDM that is taking the market by storm within Europe and Scandinavia. They are currently waiting for their 510 K approval for the USA Market and anticipate a 2010 time frame.
The most attractive component of Sectra, NA is its ability to react quickly and responsively to their customer base within the USA and European markets. They are small enough for superlative agility and as there balance sheet attest they will not be purchased by an outside vendor as they are prohibited to be purchased by contractual agreement and have more than 900 million dollars in liquidity and small debut to earnings. Sectra has boasted strong consecutive growth for the last 14 quarters with an impressive 40% growth in there SC division.
There next generation platform IDS7 is going to leap frog a number of the competitors within the market place and coupled with a huge R&D resources both Advanced Visualization and XDSI connectivity will be far superior then most of the current players, which include Philips, GE, Fuji, Amicas, McKesson, and Siemens.
Overall, Sectra has a very stable PACS with high reliability and some nice tool sets for the end-users. On the Mammography PACS side they have the only solution currently on the market that is truly multi-modality and can answer many of the workflow issues when you are in a very complex multi disparate hospital imaging center and there is a need for high connectivity and when there are multiple images coming from multiple acquision devices, HIS, RIS and other third party PACS systems. They are truly on the fore front of offering a seamless integration with single desk top RIS integration and the highest connectivity capabilities across a large IDN, RHIO and multi disparate geographic health care delivery system.