Glenn Godfrey Promoted to Director of Professional Services
07.10.14

We are pleased to announce that Glenn Godfrey has been promoted to be the Director of Professional Services for Freeland Systems.

Glenn Godfrey has been fascinated by technology since the early 90s. While working in a photo lab during high school, Glenn found his passion for computers and technology. He was dedicated to mastering photo editing, and he learned how to overcome software crashes through hardware troubleshooting. After working in the photo lab, Glenn was involved with production graphic design. He then realized that his interests were in networking and computer hardware.

When Glenn entered college, he was a biology major. He then changed his major to computer science after working as a computer repair technician. He graduated in 1998 with a computer science degree, and he has been working in the field ever since.

After working for several large organizations, he joined Freeland Systems in 2005 as the Software Deployment Manager. When reflecting on his time at Freeland, Glenn says that “it has been an amazing experience working for Freeland Systems. I am surrounded by so many fun and talented people, including my coworkers and our customers. I’m very excited about the direction of our company, which encompasses industry-leading technologies to deliver a product line that is focused on reliability and committed to patient care.”

Glenn currently lives with his wife and their two children in Denver, CO. He met his wife while living in Charleston, SC. They relocated to Portland, OR before moving to Colorado in 2003 so that she could attend pharmacy school. They love outdoor activities, including snowboarding, camping, and dirt biking. His two sons, ages 3 and 6, keep him busy when he is not working.



June PACS News Digest
06.26.14

Picture archiving and communication system (PACS) technology is continually evolving. It adjusts to changes in standards, advancements in technology, facilities’ requirements, and healthcare regulations. It’s important to stay informed about the changes in healthcare that may impact the development, operation, maintenance, and growth of PAC Systems. Here are some recent news articles on PACS systems, imaging, and industry regulations.

Defeat of CA Imaging Legislation

California Senate Bill 1215 (SB1215), which sought to eliminate in-office exceptions for advanced modality imaging (including PET, CT, and MRI) from the state’s self-referral regulations, was defeated. Opponents of this legislation, including the ACC, the California Medical Association, and numerous medical groups, claimed that the bill would limit access to life-saving cardiovascular services as well as raise the cost to Medicare and patients.

Benefits of Remote Monitoring with ICD Patients

A study presented at Heart Rhythm 2014 demonstrates that remote monitoring provides improved outcomes for patients with implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs). The study reviewed over 22,000 first-time patients with ICDs who used remote monitoring. The findings showed that the patients who used remote monitoring had significantly lower risks of death and re-hospitalization. This supports the increased use of remote monitoring technology to improve patient outcomes.

ACR Lung Cancer Screening Designation

The American College of Radiology (ACR) has launched the ACR Lung Cancer Screening Center Program designation. This designation ensures that providers meet specific requirements for equipment, personnel, and imaging protocols. Program applicants must have active ACR CT accreditation in the chest module, and once the designation is received, the providers must use a follow-up system for structured reporting, managing recommendations, and referring patients.

Radiology Practice Model Outlook

A recent report by the Journal of the American College of Radiology shows that 41-51% of radiologists work in private practice. Although the private practice model still has the most popularity, interest has declined over the last ten years. The newest practice model, known as corporate radiology, is growing in response to the need for 24/7/365 radiology services via teleradiology. Hospitals account for 10% of radiologist employment, and that number is predicted to grow because the corporate radiology model is better positioned for bundled payments than the private practice model.

3D Printing of Medical Images

3D printing is increasingly common in medical applications. Radiologists and surgeons can make 3D datasets of 2D images. These 3D models are used for planning treatments, aiding diagnosis, and educating patients. A small study showed that the 3D images aided radiologists and physicians in reading CT data.

ICD-10 Deadline Extension

On March 31, Congress approved a bill to delay the implementation of ICD-10 until October 1, 2015. This is the second delay for the ICD-10 provision, which is a new diagnostic coding system that will drastically change medical billing systems. Once implemented, ICD-10 will result in a more time-consuming reimbursement process. Industry leaders are urging healthcare professionals to use the extra time to prepare for the changes.



ASE Annual Scientific Sessions
06.13.14

This year the American Society for Echocardiography (ASE) will celebrate the Silver Anniversary of its Annual Scientific Sessions, an exciting five-day conference featuring a variety of educational opportunities.

Freeland Systems is pleased to be joining thousands of ultrasound clinicians, researchers, and healthcare providers who will travel to Portland, OR, to attend the conference from June 20-24, 2014. Designed to showcase the latest advances in cardiovascular ultrasound technology, the conference serves as a venue for face-to-face interactions among exhibiting companies, key decision makers, and renowned experts in the field of echocardiography.

Attended primarily by hands-on cardiologists who work with patients in hospitals, private clinics, and university settings, the ASE conference features an exhibit hall and a variety of educational sessions, including Science and Technology Theaters. There are multiple opportunities for medical equipment suppliers and pharmaceutical companies to showcase their products for cardiologists and cardiovascular sonographers from over 65 countries throughout the world.

Freeland looks forward to featuring Access Point Suite which includes BacPac, cPac, and cPac Pro, at the ASE Annual Scientific Sessions this year. You can find us in the exhibit hall at booth #417. We hope you’ll stop by to see us!



Letter from the President
05.01.14

I want to start off by thanking you for your loyalty over the years; Freeland Systems wouldn’t be the same without your continual support. With an expanding product line that includes traditional in-house PACS products in conjunction with cloud-based storage, disaster recovery, and our newest entry cPac Pro featuring a browser-based PACS solution, it definitely is an exciting time here at Freeland Systems. What’s most exciting is that all these products have the capability to work together, and regardless of your current configuration, Freeland Systems can integrate your current product with only minimum requirements.

In addition to our enhanced products, we have introduced AccessPoint BacPac as a multi-functional gateway that integrates disparate products, synchronizes multiple sites, directs data traffic to storage devices locally or cloud based, and is complete with a Nuance Powerscribe 360 reporting interface. Want to insert measurements and calculations from your Ultrasound units to any PAC System? AccessPoint BacPac is your solution.

With a diverse customer base that includes mobile services, single and multi-site medical practices, and acute care hospitals, Freeland Systems offers the most value-based products on the market to the largest range of clientele. We have consistently produced products that are upgradeable while also functioning in non-Freeland Systems, and now, in light of our most recent introductions, we have any PACS configuration that caters to your needs. We’d love to hear from you about any feedback or requirements you may have, and if new to Freeland Systems, we’d like to welcome you to our family.

Regards,

Mike Kingcaid
President/CEO
Freeland Systems



April PACS News Digest
04.03.14

PACS technology is continually evolving. It adjusts to changes in standards, advancements in technology, facilities’ requirements, and healthcare regulations. It’s important to stay informed about the changes in healthcare that may impact the development, operation, maintenance, and growth of PACS systems. Here are some recent news articles on PACS systems, imaging, and industry regulations.

Variation in Use of Noninvasive Cardiac Imaging

According to a recent article published in JAMA Internal Medicine, there is not a standard guideline that clinics and hospitals use to determine which testing strategies should be applied to patients with suspected ischemia. The study found that more frequent use of noninvasive cardio imaging was associated with higher admission rates and the higher use of subsequent invasive tests without evidence of a substantial benefit to treatment and short-term outcomes.

New Policy Statement on CV Imaging

A new health policy statement on the use of noninvasive cardiovascular imaging was published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. The statement is based on an examination of the patterns and drivers of imaging use and the relationship between quality care, patient health outcomes, and medical costs.

Updated Recommendations on Cardiac Imaging Radiation Exposure

New recommendations on radiation exposure from cardiac imaging procedures call for more disclosure between providers and patients about the benefits and risks.

Reduced Dose Rates in Angiogram Platforms

Trends show that the use of radiation for medical imaging continues to increase. New research and technology aims to reduce dose rates for patients and staff. The development of real-time imaging reconstruction algorithms and technical improvements in equipment can reduce the dose without degrading image quality.

Basic Steps to Help Comply with HIPAA Regulations

Privacy compliance is an important issue for radiology groups right now. The Omnibus Rule provides over 500 pages of security related regulations and best practices. The main concern is not the images, but rather the reports and the diagnostic information therein. However, there are some basic steps that can help your practice be compliant, such as encrypting laptops, restricting access rights, and educating employees about the consequences of misusing patient data.

Workgroup Discussions on Patient-Generated Health Data

The Consumer Technology Workgroup provided an updated report to the Health IT Standards Committee on the HIPAA and HITECH legislation enacted to protect patient privacy in light of the growing use of Electronic Health Records (EHRs). The Workgroup looked to create clear standards for provider-requested and electronically-submitted patient responses.



February Events Recap
02.28.14

The Freeland Systems team has attended two conferences so far in 2014 to learn about the latest industry trends, technology, and practices.

NORTH AMERICAN VETERINARY CONFERENCE

The North American Veterinary Conference (NAVC) is the world’s largest veterinary conference. It is attended by veterinarians, veterinary technicians, practice managers, and vendors. The conference consists of guest speakers, classes, labs, and exhibits. New ideas from leaders in veterinary medicine and practice management are presented, and the scope covers every animal species.

This year the conference was held in Orlando, Florida, from January 18-22. There were over 16,000 attendees from over 70 countries. In addition, there were over 4,000 exhibits displaying product and technology advances to elevate veterinary practices.

STATE-OF-THE-ART ECHOCARDIOGRAPHY

The State-of-the-Art Echocardiography conference is the leading educational conference for cardiovascular ultrasound organized by the American Society for Echocardiography (ASE). It is designed for adult and pediatric cardiologists, cardiovascular surgeons, anesthesiologists, radiologists, nurses, and sonographers. Topics include quantitative echocardiography, valvular and ischemic heart disease, stress/contrast echocardiography, transesophageal echocardiography (TEE), diastology, physiological disease management, and myopericardial diseases.

This year the 27th Annual conference was held in Scottsdale, Arizona, from February 14-18. The program included learning laboratories, maintenance certifications, a special symposium on valvular heart disease, new advancements in echo technology such as strain images, and many case studies.



Freeland Systems Launches cPAC – A Cloud-Based PACS Solution
02.06.14

cPAC, the newest addition to the AccessPoint family, is now available from Freeland Systems. cPAC utilizes cloud computing and browser-based environments, allowing you to have all the functionality of a server-based PAC system without the limited accessibility of a server-based environment. With cPAC you have anytime, anywhere access to your images with intelligent reporting solutions, including the ability to re-measure images, customize reports, and utilize dynamic search features.

Find out more about how to equip your office with the affordable and convenient cPAC system.

Features

Browser-based: cPAC integrates bi-directional image and communication sharing between organizations, physicians, and patients with browser-based PAC system solutions and intelligent reporting. Working in different locations and collaborating with colleagues from other sites is easy with cPAC.

Cloud storage: Cloud technology hosts data and applications on secure SSL off-site servers, eliminating your need to maintain on-site servers. This provides scalable and cost-effective options for your storage and archiving of data. In addition, patient data does not remain on hardware; it is stored in a secured, HIPAA-compliant environment.

Disaster recovery and back-up solutions: cPAC provides off-site hosted data replication services. Built-in disaster recovery solutions protect your data from unplanned disruptions and prevent single points of failure. You can rest assured that your data is automatically and securely backed up.

Benefits

Low cost of ownership: cPAC is offered in flexible and scalable pricing options. You can pay per study or on a subscription that best meets your needs. Any size facility can have access to a fully-functional PAC system with cPAC.

Reduce storage and hardware costs: Cloud technology offers unlimited storage capacity without the need to purchase expensive equipment and hire staff to maintain it. Dynamic provisioning ensures that you are only paying for the storage capacity you are using, making cloud solutions scalable for any size organization.

Support: Freeland Systems Technical Solutions Team is available to help you set up and use cPAC. Whether you are new to AccessPoint or you are migrating your current system to the cloud, we can help you with installation, training, and technical support. 



January PACS News Digest
01.14.14

PACS technology is continually evolving. It adjusts to changes in standards, advancements in technology, facilities’ requirements, and healthcare regulations. It’s important to stay informed on the changes in healthcare that may impact the development, operation, maintenance, and growth of PACS systems. Here are some recent news articles on PACS systems, imaging, and industry regulations.

Evolution of PACS

The need for picture archiving and communication systems is growing beyond the scope of radiology. Images are being captured in all types of medical fields. These images may not be DICOM compliant, but they still need to be archived, searchable, and retrievable. Read the article >

HIT Standards Committee Meeting

The Health IT Standards Committee met in December to discuss recommendations on standards for image sharing, such as the methods and technical standards used to view images, issues encountered when sharing reports, inclusion of time series data, and the deployment of high level architecture. Read the article >

Increasing Radiology Education and Resources Around the World

During an RSNA 2013 meeting, world radiology leaders discussed the need for support in developing countries in the operation, maintenance, and interpretation of imaging systems. Read the article >

Legislation for Medicare to Use Clinical Guidance Tools for Diagnostic Imaging Tests

The Excellence in Diagnostic Imaging Utilization Act of 2013 was introduced, which would require Medicare to install electronic clinical guidance tools for physicians ordering diagnostic imaging tests such as MRIs and CT Scans. These tools would help reduce unnecessary testing and provide recommendations to physicians. Read the article >

Multimodality Imaging AUC for SIHD

The American College of Cardiology (ACC) released new multimodality imaging appropriate use criteria (AUC) for the detection and assessment of Stable Ischemic Heart Disease (SIHD). This criteria includes updates for radionuclide imaging (RNI), stress echocardiography (echo), calcium scoring, and more. Read the article > 

New SMFM Resolution for Obstetric Ultrasound Accreditation

The Society for Maternal Fetal Medicine (SMFM) now recommends that obstetric ultrasound examinations should be done by maternal-fetal medicine subspecialists at appropriately accredited practices.  Read the article >

Differences in Accreditation and Certification in Medical Ultrasound

Whereas certification is given to individuals who meet educational and knowledge requirements, accreditation, such as AIUM accreditation, is awarded to facilities that meet specific industry guidelines. Read the article >

Lower Radiation Doses Recommended for CT Scans

New research from a study in China shows that coronary CTA’s can be administered at up to 35% lower radiation exposure and with 27% less iodine through iterative image reconstruction. The study showed no loss in image quality with the reduced radiation. Read the article >



cPAC and cPAC Pro Launching, January 2014
12.12.13

Versatile Solutions on the 2014 Horizon

Freeland Systems is adding cloud-based picture archiving and communications (PAC) systems with two new options coming in January 2014. Freeland is offering cPAC and cPAC Pro—two innovative solutions to the PAC system. cPAC and cPAC Pro offer solutions to virtually any combination of existing PAC system configuration and the need for browser-based access. Clients now have the option to use their current assets, add to current configurations, or move to a completely cloud-based solution.

 

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cPAC

cPAC utilizes cloud computing and browser-based environments, allowing users to have all of the functionality of a server-based PAC system while saving money on the cost and maintenance of a server. cPAC integrates bi-directional image and communication sharing between organizations, physicians, and patients with browser-based PAC system solutions and intelligent reporting. Cloud computing allows users to access their PAC system without being in the office. Electronic health records (EHRs) are backed-up as they are created, ensuring secure, protected information storage. Equip your office with the affordable and convenient cPAC system with anywhere/anytime Internet access.

cPAC Pro

cPAC Pro is a hybrid of the secure, server-based AccessPoint system and a transportable cloud-based PAC system. cPAC Pro allows users to take advantage of the versatile AccessPoint DICOM image viewer and intelligent reporting features in addition to the flexibility of browser-based solutions. cPAC Pro provides the best of both worlds—security, versatility, and convenience. You are no longer bound to the confines of the office in order to access patient images and information. With cPAC Pro, you are able to rest assured knowing that patient records are secure, and you are able to access them wherever there is Internet access. However, even if Internet access is unavailable, AccessPoint allows for off-line image review and intelligent reporting access. Now, neither limited nor unavailable Internet access comes between you and medical information.

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Freeland passes FDA Inspection
11.11.13

Regulated FDA entities are periodically inspected for Quality Control compliance.  As a registered FDA establishment, Freeland Systems had a scheduled FDA inspection recently and was found to be in compliance.  We are pleased to have procedures in place to ensure the quality of our products and commitment to customer satisfaction.