Software stops mismanagement of medical case materials.

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PowerPath® Advanced Materials Processing (AMP) module promotes patient safety with use of barcode technology to track case materials from accessioning to sign-out. Maintaining strong identifying links between all case materials and case details in PowerPath, module also ensures correct number of slides is generated from block and correct labels are printed. Solution provides laboratories with opportunities to improve workflow efficiency, accountability, and responsiveness.

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IMPAC Introduces PowerPath Advanced Materials Processing Module

SUNNYVALE, Calif., March 25 -- IMPAC Medical Systems, Inc. (IMPAC), an Elekta company and leading provider of information technology (IT) solutions for anatomic pathology and oncology care, introduces the PowerPath(R) Advanced Materials Processing (AMP) module. AMP enhances patient safety with expanded use of barcode technology to track case materials from accessioning to sign-out. AMP provides laboratories with significant opportunities to improve workflow efficiency, accountability and responsiveness, potentially resulting in revenue increases and cost savings.

Mismanagement of case materials can result in critical errors. AMP adds a new dimension to patient safety by maintaining strong identifying links between all case materials and the case details in PowerPath. AMP workflow ensures that the correct number of slides is generated from the block and the correct labels are printed.

"We simply scan the PowerPath specimen barcode at the cassette labeler," states Lyman Garniss, corporate manager and current leader, IS lab group for Partners Healthcare Systems (PHS), Boston, MA. "The system downloads the information required for the cassette labeler and the correct number, type and color of cassettes are produced with barcodes. Utilizing this technology, PHS demonstrates the highest level of accuracy possible. We can easily see the progress status of cassettes and slides, and case progression time has improved. Best of all, our staff (at all levels) are very happy with the performance of the module."

"IMPAC is pleased to introduce the AMP module, which is currently in use at PHS' Massachusetts General Hospital," states George Rugg, Vice President and General Manager of IMPAC Medical Systems, Inc.'s LIS Business Unit. "AMP's barcode technology, which resembles the package tracking model of major package shippers, provides accurate communication and efficient workflow in the laboratory."

Demonstrations and full details about PowerPath version 9 and Advanced Materials Processing will be available at the CLMA ThinkLab '07 Conference & Exhibition in Houston, TX, Booth # 139, March 25-27, and the United States & Canadian Academy of Pathologists (USCAP) in San Diego, CA, Booth # 844, from March 26-28, 2007.

For more information, please contact:

Lorna Murdock, Marketing Communications Manager
IMPAC Medical Systems, Inc.
Tel: +1 408 830 8937, e-mail:

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Julie DeSantis, Market Manager, IMPAC Medical Systems, Inc.,
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About IMPAC Medical Systems, Inc.

IMPAC Medical Systems, Inc., an Elekta company, provides healthcare information technology (IT) solutions that streamline clinical and business operations across the spectrum of cancer care. IMPAC's open integration to multiple healthcare data and imaging systems offers oncology-specific patient charting and practice management, as well as best-of-breed systems for anatomic pathology, clinical laboratory, and cancer registry. With products that are used in association with diagnosis and treatment environments through long-term follow-up, IMPAC provides a comprehensive oncology management solution that helps improve overall communication, process efficiency, and quality of patient care. For more information about IMPAC products and services, please call 888-GO-IMPAC or visit

About Elekta

Elekta is an international medical-technology Group, providing meaningful clinical solutions, comprehensive information systems and services for improved cancer care and management of brain disorders. All of Elekta's solutions employ non-invasive or minimally invasive techniques and are therefore clinically effective, gentle on the patient and cost-effective. Clinical solutions include among others Leksell Gamma Knife(R) for non- invasive treatment of brain disorders and Elekta Synergy(R) for image guided radiation therapy (IGRT). Following the acquisition of IMPAC Medical Systems Inc. in April 2005, the Elekta Group is the world's largest supplier of oncology software. Elekta's systems and solutions are used at over 4,000 hospitals around the world to treat cancer and manage clinical operations as well as to diagnose and treat brain disorders, including tumors, vascular malformations and functional disorders. With approx. 2,000 employees, Elekta's corporate headquarter is located in Stockholm, Sweden and the company is listed on the Stockholm Stock Exchange under the ticker EKTAb. For more information about Elekta, please visit

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