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Medical imaging

Carestream establishes centres of excellence

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Carestream Health, Inc. – formerly the healthcare division of Kodak – has signed agreements with healthcare institutions around the world that have implemented state-of-the-art digital medical imaging and healthcare IT systems from the company to serve as “Center of Excellence” sites.

“These organizations were specifically chosen because of their commitment to being on the leading edge of healthcare technology and patient care,” said Michael W. Jackman (pictured), President, Healthcare Information Solutions, Carestream Health. “We will work closely with these healthcare providers to design, develop, test and implement our next generation of powerful digital solutions to enable operational efficiency as well as an enhanced patient experience.”

The Center of Excellence sites are:

North America
• Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, Long Beach, CA
• Queensway Carleton Hospital, Ottawa, Canada
• Rochester General Hospital, Rochester, NY
• University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester, NY

Imaging Center:
• Borg Imaging Group, Rochester, NY

Latin America
• ABC Hospital, Mexico City, Mexico

Europe/Middle East
• Uppsala University Hospital, Uppsala, Sweden
• Hopital Fondation Saint Joseph, Paris, France
• Florence Nightingale Krankenhaus Kaiserswerth, Düsseldorf, Germany
• Grupo Hospitalario Quiron, Madrid, Spain
• USL Ferrara – Lagosanto Hospital, Lagosanto, Italy
• Santa Maria Nuova Hospital, Reggio Emilia, Italy
• Al-Sabah Hospital, Kuwait City, Kuwait

Asia Pacific
Hospitals and Health Services:
• Hunter New England Health, NSW, Australia
• Kansai Medical University Hirakata Hospital, Osaka, Japan

In addition to hosting visits for other healthcare providers who want to see products from Carestream Health in action, these facilities have agreed to collaborate on future innovations in digital medical imaging and healthcare IT. By providing a clinical test environment and expert insights, these organizations will help Carestream Health develop products tailored to the unique needs of healthcare customers around the world. Some of these products will carry the Kodak brand, as Carestream Health provides the innovation powering Kodak medical imaging and IT products.

The Center of Excellence facilities have implemented systems from the company’s CARESTREAM Solutions portfolio that includes:

• KODAK CARESTREAM radiology information system (RIS) which enables more efficient scheduling, ordering and billing of patient imaging exams;

• KODAK CARESTREAM picture archiving and communications system (PACS) which provide radiologists with immediate electronic access to medical imaging exams and will enable faster and more efficient distribution of radiology reports and images to referring physicians and patients;

• KODAK CARESTREAM information management solutions (IMS), which equip healthcare IT staffs to more efficiently manage information stored in a variety of systems across an enterprise, region or country. These scalable solutions help reduce expenses by providing intelligent, automated management tools and by equipping facilities with centralized management of decentralized storage systems;

• KODAK DIRECTVIEW digital x-ray systems that capture patients’ medical imaging exams digitally, instead of on radiographic film. These systems offer rapid results and reduce the need for retakes.

Carestream Health is an independent company with more than 8,100 employees serving customers in 150 countries around the world. Carestream Health will continue to use the Kodak brand with its products. It now owns all former Kodak Health Group sub-brands such as Carestream, DirectView, DryView, Softdent, Industrex, X-Sight and PracticeWorks.

About Carestream Health, Inc.
With 2006 revenues of more than $2.5 billion, Carestream Health, Inc., is a leading provider of medical and dental imaging systems and healthcare IT solutions; molecular imaging systems for the life science research and drug discovery/development market segments; and x-ray film and digital x-ray products for the non-destructive testing market. The company emerged in 2007 when Onex Corporation of Toronto, Canada, purchased Eastman Kodak Company’s Health Group. Headquartered in Rochester, N.Y., Carestream Health operates in more than 150 countries worldwide and owns more than 1,000 patents in digital imaging, film and imaging chemistry.