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Diagnostic imaging

Kodak to expand RIS development team in PEI

SUMMERSIDE, P.E.I. – Kodak has announced an expansion of its healthcare IT operations in Summerside, Prince Edward Island. With the latest initiative, close to 20 new software engineering positions will be created within the company’s Health Group in response to customer demand for healthcare IT software products.

According to a news release from the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, the total estimated cost of the project is $5.1 million and up to $2 million will be contributed from the Atlantic Innovation Fund over three years.

The Summerside operations are focused on the development and support of radiology information systems (RIS) offered around the world by Kodak’s Health Group. Radiology information systems enable hospital radiology departments to maintain electronic records on patient exams, scheduling and other important information. The PEI team is heavily involved in technology design and development, global support of customers, and commercialization of Kodak’s CARESTREAM RIS product.

“PEI – and Summerside in particular – is an ideal location for our world-class operation,” said Dave Perry, Kodak’s Facility Manager for the Summerside site. “It affords us great benefits including access to technology, a skilled workforce and partnership building. The staff is very happy to be working in an international arena, while enjoying the PEI quality of life.”

The Health Group began its Summerside operation in 2000. As the demand for healthcare IT systems grew over the past seven years, the Health Group has moved into larger facilities and hired additional employees and contractors.

“We are very proud of the expertise, loyalty and work ethic of the Summerside team,” said Michael W. Jackman (pictured), General Manager, Healthcare Information Solutions, and Vice President, Eastman Kodak Company. “Since 2000, PEI Business Development Inc. has been very supportive of our growth initiatives. With this latest initiative, we are proud to have the support of PEI Business Development and the Atlantic Innovation Fund from the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency. The continued growth and success of the operation is a direct result of the collaboration between the community, the Provincial and Federal agencies, and the Kodak team.”

The Summerside facility has become the hub site for Kodak Radiology Information System R&D, as the team works closely with colleagues in the U.S., Japan, China, Israel, Germany, and Italy. In addition, the facility supports a customer base in more than 20 countries around the world.

About Kodak’s Health Group
Kodak’s Health Group, with 2005 revenues of $2.65 billion, is a world leader in supplying the medical and dental professions with advanced healthcare products, services and information technology solutions. Its broad portfolio includes picture archiving and communications systems (PACS), radiology information systems (RIS), healthcare information systems, computed radiography (CR) and digital radiography (DR) systems, laser imagers, mammography and oncology systems, x-ray film systems, dental imaging products, and a range of consulting-as well as repair and maintenance-services.

Kodak recently entered into an agreement to sell the Health Group to Onex Healthcare Holdings, Inc., a subsidiary of Onex Corporation. Headquartered in Toronto,  Onex is one of Canada’s largest corporations with a significant and rapidly growing group of healthcare companies. Subject to regulatory and other approvals, it is anticipated that the sale will close in the first half of 2007. For more information about Kodak’s Health Group, visit www.kodak.com/go/health.

 

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