Visage Imaging, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Pro Medicus Ltd., has announced the signing of Partners HealthCare, the largest health system in Massachusetts and one of the most respected health providers in North America.
Partners was founded in 1994 by Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital. Partners is the largest private employer in Massachusetts, with approximately 74,000 employees. Partners is also a national leader in biomedical and data science research having established the MGH & BWH Center for Clinical Data Science.
The contract will see the Visage 7 Enterprise Imaging Platform implemented at Partners’ two flagship hospitals, MGH and BWH, and will expand to other Partners network hospitals in the second phase. Visage 7 is the central component of the Partners Radiology Enterprise Platform. PREP represents a key milepost for the elimination of multiple legacy PACS and the opportunity for Partners radiologists to have immediate access to all prior patient imaging anywhere across the system.
“This is a milestone deal for us. Not only is it our biggest deal to date, there is further upside within the Partners network after this initial rollout is completed,” said Dr. Sam Hupert, CEO of Visage Imaging. Dr. Hupert continued, “In addition, MGH and BWH are two of the most prestigious medical institutions in North America renowned for their medical research, as well as their key roles as teaching affiliates for Harvard Medical School. The fact that both institutions selected Visage 7 as their platform of choice reinforces our view that our technology is uniquely differentiated and proven.”
Partners institutions have all been on the same EHR, but until now, the radiology departments, including those at MGH and BWH have maintained separate radiology platforms. “We are providing our radiologists with a diagnostic viewer and common radiology platform that will transform our practice and accelerate our ongoing efforts to improve the care we provide to our patients,” said Stephen Ledbetter, MD, MPH, Medical Director Medical Imaging IT, Brigham Health. “Moving to this enterprise platform will require enhanced collaboration, but we know that it is only by working together to scale our best practices across the system that we are able to extract value and realize the full potential of this effort.”
“The new platform and our efforts to improve workflows will provide radiologists with dramatically better functionality and make it easier and more efficient for clinicians to read images and access information about their patients — whether they’re in the office or the operating room,” said Tarik K. Alkasab, MD, PhD, Radiology Service Chief of Informatics and IT at MGH. “We believe that the new platform will truly elevate the ways that we use imaging in the delivery of care, and we see enormous potential for future collaboration with our radiology colleagues across the system.”
Planning for the rollout has begun with MGH and BWH scheduled to be implemented in mid-2019.
Dr. Hupert continued, “This deal further cements our market leadership. Not only does it add to our rapidly growing North American footprint, but we now have two out of the top four ranked U.S. hospitals standardizing on our platform, which we see as a catalyst for growth in both North American and other global markets.”
About Visage Imaging, Inc.
Visage Imaging is a global provider of enterprise imaging and advanced visualization solutions for diagnostic imaging. The Visage 7 Enterprise Imaging Platform delivers amazingly fast server-side rendered images streamed via an intelligent thin-client viewer with unmatched interoperability. Radiologists and referring physicians have a customized, protocol-driven workflow to natively view multi-dimensional imagery and multimedia using a One Viewer® philosophy, scaled to support the world’s most sophisticated healthcare organizations. Powerful solutions include enterprise interpretation and viewing; archiving, artificial intelligence, image enablement of EHRs; RIS/PACS, as well as anywhere mobile diagnostic access.
About Pro Medicus Limited
Pro Medicus Limited is Australia’s leading imaging IT provider. Founded in 1983, the company provides a full range of integrated software products and services to hospital, imaging centers and health care groups worldwide.
About Partners HealthCare
Partners HealthCare is an integrated health system founded by Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital. In addition to its two academic medical centers, the Partners system includes community and specialty hospitals, community health centers, a physician network, a managed care organization, home health and long-term care services, and other health-related entities. Partners is one of the nation’s leading biomedical research organizations and a principal teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School. Partners HealthCare is a non-profit organization.