Kodak expands into healthcare IT

DALLAS - Eastman Kodak Health Group's entry into the broader healthcare IT market highlights the vendor's products introductions at this year's Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) meeting.

Kodak is unveiling its CareStream suite of healthcare IT systems on the show floor. CareStream consists of Clinical Solutions, Foundation Solutions, and Pharmacy Solutions.

Clinical Solutions comprises an electronic medical record (EMR), computerized physician order entry (CPOE), enterprise-wide scheduling, care guides, nursing, decision support, and closed-loop medication management modules, according to the vendor. Foundation Solutions handles image and information management, and provides secure communications and interfaces to departmental and other information management systems, Kodak said.

Pharmacy Solutions is a system that links physicians, pharmacists and nurses, and supports pharmacy management, e-prescribing, dispensing and labeling, inventory management, medication administration, drug manufacturing, purchase order management, and sales and billing, according to Kodak.

The CareStream architecture interfaces with existing third-party systems, Kodak said. CareStream will be available in the second half of 2005.

In other news, Kodak has inked an agreement with Cisco Systems to bundle Cisco Security Agents (CSA) with its medical imaging and information management systems. CSA is a proactive security technology, intercepting and blocking both known and unknown malicious software (malware) threats by detecting abnormalities generated by the malware, according to Kodak.

Kodak believes CSA offers significant advantages over antivirus software, which can significantly degrade the performance of medical imaging systems and requires frequent updates. Available as a security option for Kodak's CR, DR, and RIS/PACS offerings, CSA will begin shipping to Kodak customers in April.

The company has also added new features to its Secure Email Services (SES) product line, including an electronic postmark issued by the U.S. Postal Service that provides data integrity and non-repudiation. Senders can also now include secure links in messages to ensure that responses are also secure, and users can access the service anywhere in the world without having to download software, according to the vendor.

Kodak also announced at HIMSS a collaboration with IBM Life Sciences, in which the firms will team up to provide a RIS for diagnostic imaging centers and smaller healthcare facilities. In partnership with IBM, Kodak will offer its RIS 2010 technology in a package that utilizes IBM’s eServer technology. IBM business partner Avnet is working with Kodak to develop a distribution channel unique to this market.

In other developments, Kodak has added two document scanners to its product portfolio. Kodak's i150 scanner can capture color and black-and-white, 8.5 x 11-inch documents on one side at speeds of up to 40 pages per minute, while i160 can capture both sides of documents simultaneously at speeds of up to 80 images per minute. List prices for i150 and i160 are $3,495 and $3,995, respectively.

By AuntMinnie.com staff writers
February 17, 2005

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