ComMedica Limited, the web-based clinical information and PACS (Picture Archiving and Communication Systems) software vendor, has launched its new Integrated PACS (I-PACS) solution, combining medical imaging with radiology information system (RIS) technology.

I-PACS is said to offer hospitals a cost effective software package that allows them to manage the entire process of patient care, from booking appointments to delivery of diagnosis, within a single web-based, open standards architecture solution.

ComMedica says that unlike other clinical information systems, which often rely on specific platforms such as Windows, Java, ActiveX or Unix, I-PACS is a fully web-based and platform independent solution.

The system is claimed to offer imaging capability, fully integrated with a RIS and advanced clinical management tools for radiology staff and appropriately authorised individuals.  Benefits are said to include streamlined imaging workflow processes, cut film-based costs, and realise a significant return on investment.

E-health Insider understands that PACS systems from ComMedica feature in the product line-up offered by CSC in its capacity as Local Service Provider in the North West and West Midlands.

ComMedica has also recently been selected by Global Diagnostics to install I-PACS at its mobile scanning units in the UK, which will enable Global Diagnostics to provide GPs with immediate desktop access to image data, regardless of location.

Global Diagnostics is providing diagnostic imaging services from mobile units to GPs and specialists in the UK. Patients can be referred for scans immediately, alleviating some of the burden on the UK National Health Service’s resources.

Dr Johnny Walker, Founder and CEO of Global Diagnostics Ltd, commented. "The Global Diagnostics model is to provide a state of the art web-based ‘desktop-to-desktop’ diagnostic service to our clients around the world… ComMedica I-PACS now provides our enterprise with the necessary IT infrastructure and specific functionality to fulfill each of our clinical, operational, and commercial goals 24/7”".

I-PACS is scheduled to go live at Global Diagnostics by the end of January 2004 giving any authorised user access to the patient record containing images and reports on a per episode (visit) basis.  It will enable verified reports to be electronically provided within hours of a booking to speed up patient response times.