Kodak unveils CareStream solutions
DALLAS – In an ambitious move, Kodak has announced plans to expand its
suite of solutions beyond the radiology department to include the
electronic health record across the enterprise and healthcare continuum.
The company chose the February 2005 meeting of the Healthcare
Information and Management Systems Society, held here in Dallas, to make
Kodak’s new CareStream solutions are scheduled for general availability
in the second half of 2005. These solutions can help healthcare
facilities optimize workflow, improve clinical processes and enhance
According to company officials, Kodak acquired much of the technology
from an Australian developer and has been refining the systems.
Currently, the company has two pilot sites. At HIMSS, Kodak’s Health
Group showed for the first time its scalable suite of CareStream
solutions that includes:
• CareStream Clinical Solutions. Comprises electronic medical record (EMR),
computerized physician order entry (CPOE), enterprise-wide scheduling,
care guides, nursing, decision support and closed loop medication
• CareStream Foundation Solutions. Manages images and information,
provides secure communications and interfaces to departmental and other
information management systems.
• CareStream Pharmacy Solutions. A fully integrated 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
The open CareStream Architecture easily interfaces with a healthcare
provider’s existing systems for efficient collection and sharing of
patient information and protection of current investments.
“KODAK CareStream Solutions offer valuable functionality and flexibility
for clinical, IT and administrative personnel. These applications
deliver an efficient method for managing information and images,
captured by a variety of disparate systems, to create patient-centric,
image-enabled EMRs,” said Lawrence D. Henderson, general manager, Health
Informatics, Kodak’s Health Group.
“We work with customers to design solutions that solve specific
requirements and business problems,” said Henderson. “Since we can
integrate new applications with existing systems, we equip healthcare
providers to build upon their investment in information technology
CareStream Solutions are said to include Kodak’s capabilities in data
archiving, image and information management, secure communications,
network design and implementation, business continuity planning and
workflow consulting services.
CareStream Information Management Solutions enable information lifecycle
management (ILM) solutions to be delivered as a customer-owned or hosted
option through a portfolio that includes Enterprise Information
Management, Hosted Information Management, or Regional Information
Kodak’s portfolio equips IT personnel to efficiently manage the islands
of information that exist throughout a healthcare system. Information
and images stored anywhere in an organization can be intelligently
accessed and managed according to each healthcare provider’s customized
clinical storage plans that automate ILM.
This enterprise archiving foundation also allows information to be
shared with hospital users and other authorized parties, such as health
In addition to its expertise in secure communications, Kodak asserted
that its Professional Services organization can help customers apply
workflow and change management methodologies to create enhanced speed
and efficiency. These services employ proven methods used in Kodak’s own
commercialization and manufacturing operations. Built upon Six Sigma
methodologies, this approach is fundamental to helping customers gain
maximum effectiveness from KODAK CareStream Solutions.
Kodak’s Health Group, with 2004 revenues of $2.68 billion, is a world
leader in supplying the medical and dental professions with advanced
healthcare products, services and information technology (IT) solutions.
Its product portfolio includes picture archiving and communications
systems (PACS), radiology information systems (RIS), enterprise and
departmental healthcare information systems, computed radiography (CR)
and digital radiography (DR) systems, laser imagers, mammography
systems, x-ray film systems for general radiography, and dental imaging
Its broad services portfolio includes everything from repair and
maintenance, to professional services encompassing equipment
integration, business consulting, storage and archiving, secure e-mail
services – and more.
For more information about Kodak’s Health Group, visit