Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Amicas Goes South

To Australia, that is. According to PR Newswire, Amicas just cut a deal with Healthinc of Sydney, Australia, for Amicas PACS.

Healthinc is a leading provider of digital medical imaging solutions and radiology information management in Australia. Established in 2002, Healthinc supports more than 350 sites throughout Australia with cutting edge technology and end-to-end solutions that are backed by quality service and support.

AMICAS will offer its acclaimed image management solutions to the Australian marketplace through an exclusive distribution partnership with Healthinc. The AMICAS solution suite will be tightly integrated with Healthinc's market leading OCCAM RIS and fully supported locally by Healthinc's experienced sales, marketing, services, and support teams.

. . .Healthinc will be distributing AMICAS PACS Version 6.0, which introduces the next generation of AMICAS PACS. Version 6.0 combines the intuitive, easy-to-use, Web-based design of previous versions of AMICAS PACS with major enhancements to the image viewing toolset. Complementing the industry leading, workload balancing RealTime Worklist(TM), Version 6.0 introduces the Halo Viewer(TM), which includes advances in functionality aimed at increasing radiologist productivity and designed to help improve the quality of reading.

Darn. The Aussies get V6 (for real, anyway) before I do!

This sounds like a rather major deal, although I'm not sure Healthinc plans to deploy Amicas to all 350 sites, and even then, with the web-based nature of the product, they might not have to buy 350 separate PACS. (Sorry, but I couldn't keep that secret!)

By the way, the Amicas deal replaces none other than GE/Dynamic Imaging to form the new OCCAM PACS solution. From the Healthinc website news of November 2008:

Healthinc welcomes Dr Lynne Brothers and Womens Imaging Tasmania who have installed our OCCAM Centricity IW PACS solution.

Of course, I am ready, willing, and able to help out my Australian counterparts if Amicas wishes to send me down under. I'll start packing my bags right away!

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