eMix establishes first European distributor agreement with DFC Systems





eMix, the new business venture incubated by DR Systems, announced it has established its first European distributor agreement, with DFC Systems (Munich, Germany). Together with DFC, eMix will exhibit its cloud-based technology for sharing medical imaging studies and reports at the 91st German Radiology Congress.

eMix, which stands for Electronic Medical Information Exchange, enables secure sharing of images and reports among disparate institutions and physicians via the Internet. It also facilitates associating patient images with electronic medical records (EMRs) and patients’ personal health records (PHRs).

At the conference, DFC Systems and eMix will conduct live demonstrations of the new service in the eMix/DFC Systems booth: C15 in Hall 2.1. The 91st German Radiology Congress will be held May 13-15 at the Messe Berlin.

eMix requires no purchase of additional hardware or software. That advantage will help enable rapid expansion into Europe after a successful launch of the service in the U.S. A pre-launch introduction of eMix took place at the European Congress of Radiology in Vienna, Austria last month.

Since becoming commercially available in March 2010, eMix has been implemented at more than 30 locations in eight states across the U.S. The states include Florida, California, Texas, Washington, Alaska, Tennessee, Montana, Arkansas, and South Dakota.

As a vendor-neutral, standards-based technology for electronically sharing images and reports, eMix eliminates the need for the provider facility to burn CDs, print films, or fax reports. It helps advance the trend toward universal access to electronic medical record information, including medical images and patient data.

Among its financial efficiencies, eMix enables healthcare institutions to avoid the expense and IT expertise required to establish and maintain virtual private networks (VPNs). Using eMix is as simple as using email. The service builds on innovations in cloud computing — hosted services delivered over the Internet.

"The European healthcare community has the same challenges in sharing radiology information that U.S. healthcare institutions do, and they are learning that eMix is an elegant solution to their problem," said Florent Saint Clair, eMix Program Director. "In fact, eMix will work seamlessly with medical IT anywhere in the world. That is the beauty of our cloud- and standards-based design."