April 7, 2009 - The World Health Imaging Alliance (WHIA) said at HIMSS 2009 that it has cemented key partnerships that will enable it to significantly ramp up its efforts to bring digital imaging technology to sites in need around the world. Basic diagnostic X-ray services are a key component of primary health care delivery. However, two-thirds of the world’s population is without access to it, according to World Health Organization (WHO) estimates. The WHO further estimates that there is a need for one diagnostic imaging machine for every 50,000 people. WHIA’s vision is to facilitate the deployment of 20,000 of these systems worldwide, thus providing one billion people with access to diagnostic imaging. Access to imaging may be life saving. As Mladen Poluta, Director of the Healthcare Technology Management Program at the University of Cape Town, explains, “HIV-positive patients are at an increased risk of contracting (pulmonary) tuberculosis, which can be diagnosed quickly with a chest X-ray. Even those on prophylactic TB treatment require chest X-rays. Given the large disease burden associated with TB and HIV, in particular, cost-effective and sustainable imaging solutions at the primary level of healthcare - with telediagnosis as an added value extension - will result in significant gains in the quality of care delivered, thanks to earlier diagnosis and commencement of treatment.” WHIA intends to fulfill its vision by providing a complete, low-cost, sustainable digital imaging solution. Although many of today’s providers can bring low-cost solutions to developing countries, most have been ineffective at creating sustainability, according to the WHIA. As a result, less than half of the approximately 1,500 WHO-approved, installed X-ray systems are in operation today. In addition, many solutions miss capabilities such as clinical site needs assessment, image storage, teleradiology and remote monitoring; all of which WHIA aims to provide for enhanced sustainability of an imaging clinic. WHIA is also working to significantly enhance the benefits of digital imaging by adding next generation functionality and services to its solution. It is concentrating on developing future capabilities that will make it possible for clinics and hospitals to access telemedicine for improved health service delivery; provide a platform that will be used to develop improved tools for computer aided detection and diagnosis; and provide clinics and hospitals with the ability to utilize electronic medical records and offer every patient direct access to their own personal health records. In order to provide a complete solution, WHIA has developed partner relationships with key vendors. Sedecal, a global OEM manufacturer of X-ray systems, has partnered with WHIA to provide the WHO-approved X-ray machine. "Sedecal is honored and excited to be able to join this project,” says Manuel Martinez-Garcia, President and CEO. “WHIA will make a difference in diagnosis and, thus, improve healthcare in developing and remote areas of the world. Sedecal's commitment is to assist WHIA on the technical side, putting its engineering resources at the disposal of the project and developing the x-ray systems for these special applications. Sedecal has also invested in WHIA by donating equipment and manufacturing equipment at a discounted cost." Digital medical imaging is provided through a relationship with Carestream Health, a global company providing medical and dental imaging systems and information technology solutions. Several of Carestream Health’s Point of Care CR systems have been donated for use in the pilot installations. The software systems that manage the digital images have been provided through a partnership with Merge Healthcare. Merge has pledged staff time, software licensing and product development assistance for the current and next generation of WHIA solutions. For more information: www.whia2009.org
News | April 08, 2009
World Health Imaging Alliance Aims to Bring Imaging Diagnostics to Developing Countries
Sponsored Content | Videos | Digital Radiography (DR) | November 12, 2018
VIVIX-S 1417N is a multi-purpose portable flat panel detector for addressing busy workflow in medical facilities.
Technology | Artificial Intelligence | November 09, 2018
With the integration of deep learning technology, ContextVision takes digital radiography to new levels with its latest...
News | Digital Radiography (DR) | November 01, 2018
At the 2018 Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) annual meeting, Nov. 25-30 in Chicago, Konica Minolta...
News | Digital Radiography (DR) | October 10, 2018
Carestream is providing a DRX-Transportable System/Lite for the Italian-French Concordia scientific station in...
News | Digital Radiography (DR) | September 28, 2018
VCU (Virginia Commonwealth University) Medical Center recently upgraded 18 Carestream digital X-ray systems that...
News | Digital Radiography (DR) | September 17, 2018
September 17, 2018 — At the 2018 Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) annual meeting, Nov.
News | X-Ray | September 12, 2018
Columbus Regional Health (Columbus, Ind.) has deployed a Carestream ...
News | Orthopedic Imaging | September 06, 2018
For the sixth consecutive year, Mount Sinai will serve as the official medical services provider for the 2018 U.S. Open...
News | X-Ray | August 28, 2018
August 28, 2018 — A new study has demonstrated a method that produces novel light beams from synchrotron light source
News | Artificial Intelligence | August 27, 2018
The Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) has launched its second annual machine learning challenge. The RSNA...