Stamford, CT – October 22, 2009 - FUJIFILM Medical Systems USA is pleased to announce that the American College of Radiology (ACR), Reston, VA, has implemented the company’s Synapse™ PACS® at its multi-million dollar ACR Education Center. Radiologists of all levels of expertise benefiting from the one-of-a-kind educational experience provided at the Center will now use Synapse for their PACS-based courses.
“Fujifilm is proud to have the occasion to collaborate with the ACR, and we commend them on the successful roll-out of this valuable educational initiative,” said Bob Cooke, Fujifilm’s Vice President and General Manager, Network Business Management. “We recognize the importance of continued education and the installation of our Synapse™ PACS® represents our desire to support the radiology community and provide the best possible training for radiologists and residents alike.”
Now in its second year of operation, the ACR Education Center has drawn more than 1000 physicians to its “classroom of the future” since its doors opened in June of 2008. The implementation of Synapse is part of the ACR’s plan to significantly expand the Education Center curriculum.
Currently Fujifilm’s Synapse PACS will be used for a total of eight courses, including Body MR, Musculoskeletal MR, and Cardiac MR. The first course using the system took place the weekend of September 25-27; as part of the partnership Fujifilm provides technical and onsite support while courses using Synapse are underway. The data is backed up at the company’s remote facility in Denver, Colorado, and is hosted in a fully virtualized environment providing high availability and rapid conversion to the baseline system at the start of the class. The use of the Synapse PACS offers attendees immediate, real-time feedback as they report their findings on exams from the ACR case engine, and simultaneously allows the Education Center to monitor students’ progress.
According to the ACR more than 98 percent of Education Center attendees say they will return for another course, and over 15 percent already have. “The ACR Education Center has truly proven itself to be at the forefront of radiology training,” Cooke said. “Making Synapse PACS a part of the curriculum will enhance the hands-on learning experience and we are very excited to support this cutting-edge educational opportunity.”
About FUJIFILM Medical Systems USA, Inc.
FUJIFILM Medical Systems USA, Inc. is one of the FUJIFILM Corporation family of companies with 70 years of imaging experience and more than $28 billion in sales. Its extensive portfolio includes diagnostic imaging products and informatics solutions to meet the needs of healthcare facilities in both outpatient and hospital settings. The Synapse brand of integrated products includes Synapse™ PACS®, Synapse™ RIS®, Synapse™ cardiovascular® and Synapse™ women’s imaging®; it provides a complete Web-based solution for managing, storing and distributing images and information throughout all healthcare facilities. Additionally, Synapse™ managed services® offers fault-tolerant solutions including PACS and RIS hosting, and disaster recovery. FUJIFILM Medical Systems USA is headquartered in Stamford, CT. For more information visit www.fujimed.com.
The American College of Radiology (ACR), headquartered in Reston, Va., is a national medical professional organization serving more than 32,000 diagnostic/interventional radiologists, radiation oncologists, nuclear medicine physicians, and medical physicists with programs focusing on the practice of medical imaging and radiation oncology, as well as the delivery of comprehensive health care services.
The ACR Education Center is one of the most technologically advanced training facilities in the world with an array of customized courses designed to help radiologists enhance and optimize clinical practice skills. Upon successfully completing their chosen course, attendees receive an ACR Certificate of Proficiency (COP). The ACR Certificate of Proficiency (COP) will support radiologists in addressing requirements for maintenance of certification, as well as the requirements of third-party entities that stipulate demonstrated training.
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