Kodak and NDMA Collaborate on Product-Integration Initiatives to Support Mammography Screening in Europe


Cooperation Between Two Industry Leaders to Deliver Benefits to Healthcare Facilities in Growing Digital Environment

GENEVA & BERWYN, Pa.-Eastman Kodak Company's Health Group and National Digital Medical Archive, Inc. (NDMA) are collaborating on product-integration initiatives that support the European mammography market's transition from analog imaging to digital imaging and information technology.

Kodak and NDMA will combine each other's products and systems to create a family of innovative solutions that will enable healthcare facilities to better manage, archive and process images and information related to mammography screening. The products involved include:

KODAK CARESTREAM Information Management Solutions (IMS). These solutions-driven by the powerful KODAK VIParchive software platform-combine software, hardware and professional services to enable the consolidation, control, continuity and access to all fixed archived content within a healthcare facility or among multiple healthcare facilities within a geographic region. With IMS, the right medical images and information are available to medical practitioners in the right place and at the right time.
Data and image management tools that NDMA will introduce. These comprise analytical tools required for quality assurance and compliance, as well as visualization tools dedicated to streamlining the often-complicated workflow processes involved with mammography.

"The solutions that evolve from integrating Kodak and NDMA products will enable healthcare facilities to collect, retrieve, store and distribute digital images and information on demand, thus helping enhance workflow efficiencies, increase revenue and improve patient care," said Ian Marron, Director of eHealth, for Kodak's Health Group in Europe, Africa & Middle East.

Also part of the effort is the introduction of myNDMA, a Citizens Health Portal. myNDMA will provide patients with personal health record management tools to securely upload and store their digital medical images and electronic health records into a private web site. The program allows patients to identify a service bureau to digitize mammography films; store prior mammograms from previous healthcare providers; locate digital imaging facilities; and link to healthcare provider records stored in myNDMA.

"The Citizens Health Portal enables women, who are undergoing screening mammography exams, to link to myNDMA and see that their studies are safely secured and manage the corresponding medical records in the personal file folders. More importantly, myNDMA ties a physician and patient together for the patient's entire life, including self-populated family history and self-breast examination logs," said Derek Danois, President, NDMA. "Building upon our successful track record worldwide, we are pleased to team with Kodak and support their commitment to mammography."

"Our CARESTREAM Information Management Solutions coupled with NDMA's solution-layer architecture, post-processing analytics and consumer health portal, provides a never-before seen approach to comprehensive mammography screening in healthcare," Kodak's Marron said. "The Kodak-NDMA association leverages the best of the best in technologies, allowing everyone in the healthcare continuum to access information on-demand. We are committed to interoperability, and pleased to be working together with NDMA in Europe to achieve our respective goals."

About Kodak's Health Group

Kodak's Health Group, with revenues of $2.7 billion 2005, supplies the medical and dental professions with information systems and systems for both digital and conventional imaging. The range includes Picture Archiving and Communications Systems (PACS), Radiology Information Systems (RIS), IT solutions, solutions for clinical information systems, Computed Radiography (CR) and Digital Radiography (DR) systems, laser printers, mammography systems, radiography systems based on x-ray film, and dental imaging products. Its range of services covers every type of offer, from repairs and maintenance, to professional services encompassing integration, storage and archiving, secure e-mail, and much more besides.

Kodak's other main business segments include: Graphic Communications, offering customers a range of solutions for prepress, traditional and digital printing, document imaging and multivendor IT services. Digital and Film Imaging Systems, supplying customers, professionals and filmmakers with digital and traditional products and services, Display and Components, supplying original equipment manufacturers with image sensors, as well as intellectual property and materials for OLED (Organic Light-Emitting Diode) and LCD display sectors. For more information about Kodak (NYSE: EK) visit www.kodak.com.

About the National Digital Medical Archive, Inc.

The National Digital Medical Archive, Inc. [NDMA], headquartered in Berwyn, PA, develops, designs and delivers a data management and communications infrastructure that enables on-demand access, visualization and distribution of diagnostic quality images and related clinical data. For more information, visit ndma.us or call Diane L. Hockstein at 610-249-0144.

Contacts

Kodak

Robert Ashby

+44 (0) 846904

robert.ashby@kodak.com

National Digital Medical Archive

Diane L. Hockstein

610-249-0144

dhockstein@ndma.us

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