May 2017. Following news of a widespread ransomware infection in the NHS network, Visbion took the proactive decision to shut down our N3/Transition Network connectivity on Friday (12 May). This was a precautionary measure to ensure that our infrastructure and customer data were not vulnerable to this attack, and that our service provision could not be used to further disseminate the malicious program in question to our customers and users.
Our Professional Services Team have carefully reviewed the ransomware used in the reported attack, and have ensured that the Microsoft Windows Operating System patch*, PC Firewall configuration**, and network firewalls are all in place to protect our N3 connected infrastructure, customer data, and service users.
We can confirm that Visbion has not been affected by this incident and is fully protected against the vulnerability which allowed this ransomware to spread across the NHS network.
We have therefore reactivated our N3/Transition Network connection, and are available to provide our customers with any support they require in resuming normal service provision.
April 2017. Molly and Max Veterinary Practice has signed up to Image World, Visbion’s cloud PACS and are now enjoying the added benefit of having direct access from their RxWorks practice management system. Molly and Max is a dedicated small animal practice based in Parsons Green, London. Established in 2010, the practice prides itself on providing a patient centred experience for the variety of species they treat. The practice was purpose built as a veterinary clinic and has always looked to ensure they are working with the most up to date equipment to ensure the highest level of veterinary care for their patients.
When looking to replace their existing PACS, Molly and Max wanted to avoid needing new hardware and so the cloud based nature of Image World made it an ideal option for them. Having initially signed up to a 30 day trial on the Visbion stand at London Vet Show, Molly and Max are now using Image World for all their image storage needs. Their DR system has been configured to send images directly to Image World and the existing data from the previous PACS has been migrated in, ensuring the practice staff have access to a full record of data for all their patients.
To further improve their workflows, Molly and Max were keen to have access to the new Image World PACS from their existing RxWorks practice management system. Utilising existing smart URL functionality within RxWorks, users at Molly and Max are able to open images stored in Image World directly from the patient record in the practice management software. The two systems work together to create a fantastic, practical workflow, which will improve efficiency for the practice team.
March 2017. Visbion have added new strength to their expanding development team with the addition of Matthew Welham. The Visbion development team provide the technical expertise to provide consistent updating and expansion of the Visbion products. With years of software development experience between them, the team are constantly working to ensure that the Visbion products remain at the top of the field. As the business continues to grow, the addition of an extra developer has been a natural progression to allow for continued maintenance and expansion of the Visbion range. Matthew joins Visbion with a strong development background gained from his academic, professional and personal pursuits. He has entered into his new role with enthusiasm and is already an integral part of the team.
Chertsey, UK. Feb 2017. Newnham Court Veterinary Group has purchased a Visbion Image Archive system for their clinic, based in Maidstone. Newnham Court consists of a tier 3 small animal veterinary hospital and a dedicated equine clinic. The team at Newnham are committed to providing the best care to their patients. By participating in regular training to keep up with the latest advances in veterinary medicine and keeping their equipment and facilities up to date, Newnham ensure that they stay at the top of their game.
In order to ensure that the practice was running as efficiently as possible, Newnham invested in a new practice management system (PMS) from RxWorks. Alongside this update, Newnham also decided to replace their PACS (picture archive and communication system). The Visbion Image Archive Mid Range System provided an ideal solution to their needs, being able to integrate with the new RxWorks PMS and connect to up to 5 different modalities. The Visbion system has also provided greater flexibility to the Newnham team as they can now access their images from anywhere in the practice, including in the clinic rooms, making viewing with clients easier. As part of the install for the new Image Archive system, Visbion provided a day of training for the Newnham staff to ensure that they could use the software to its full potential.
Once the system was up and running, the Visbion team began the process of migrating the data from the previous PACS onto the Visbion archive. This will allow the Newham staff to access all their old studies as well as new ones, giving a complete patient record in one place and the ability to view studies from different dates side by side – providing an efficient process for comparative assessments.
Chertsey, UK. December 2016. Talliklinikka, a veterinary practice based in the Uusimaa region of Finland have signed up to an Image World account. The clinic was established in 2002 and offers both Equine and Small Animal services to their clients. Having acquired a portable x-ray unit, the three vet practice were looking for a secure but simple way to store their radiographs and were keen on the idea of using a cloud based system as there would be no need to install new hardware. Practice vet Minna Viitanen started a free trial of Image World (Visbion’s cloud-based PACS) after visiting the Visbion exhibition stand at the annual BEVA congress earlier this year. Tallikinikka’s mobile digital x-ray system, provided by Medical Econet GmbH, Germany, has been configured to send studies to Image World when connected to a suitable network, creating a simple workflow for the practice vets. Talliklinikka are also looking to integrate their practice management system with Image World in order to further improve efficiency.
October 2016. University Veterinary Hospital (UVH) in Louisiana have signed up to Image World – Visbion’s cloud-based PACS and are now the first USA based veterinary practice to be using the system. UVH are a large small animal practice offering both first opinion and referral services based in Shreveport, Louisiana. As well as veterinary care, UVH provide boarding, grooming and daycare facilities for their client’s pets, aiming to provide everything the pet owner needs in one place. The hospital staff pride themselves on providing high standards of care and keeping up with the latest developments in medicine and surgery. UVH’s dedication to new technologies is reflected in the fact that they have chosen to go cloud based with Image World and their practice management system provider. The Visbion and practice management systems will provide a fully integrated method for UVH to view all their patient images. UVH were very keen to go cloud-based as it allowed them to move away from the need to purchase and incorporate new hardware into their practice.
Image World provides a high quality PACS and also includes access to Image Web, a comprehensive DICOM viewer, allowing users to easily access and review their images. UVH have connected their DR, ultrasound and dental radiography equipment to Image World, keeping all their DICOM images in one place. Image World will also give them the option to add non-DICOM data to the patient record and allow for efficient data management. Image World is available as an easy monthly subscription package.
June 2016. Downe Veterinary Clinic has become the first Irish practice to sign up to Visbion’s cloud-based PACS – Image World. Downe Vets is a 2 branch practice serving County Down in Northern Ireland. The practice was established in 1977 and has its roots in equine and farm medicine, with recent years seeing an expansion of their companion animal services. With the practice continuing to grow and evolve, the need to be able to easily store and review their diagnostic images became apparent. The practice therefore signed up to Image World and found that the software, including access to Image Web (DICOM viewer) provided all the functionality they required. Downe Vets are also keen to integrate Image World with their practice management software in order to further improve the efficiency of their daily routines. As there is no limit to the number of modalities that can connect to Image World or the number of studies that can be stored, the service will be able to grow with the practice; providing reliable, long term storage.
June 2016. Visbion once again attended the annual UKRC conference, held this year in Liverpool on the 6-8th June. The conference was well attended and the exhibition area busy, with the addition of the UKRO section adding extra depth. Visbion took the opportunity to showcase their Mobile Breast Screening Connectivity Service with a new piece of demo equipment. The demo unit displays how the pre-defined set of parts make up a compact and efficient system, which can be installed onto any mobile trailer.
The Visbion service for mobile breast screening allows for routing of images from the van to the hospital PACS via a 3G/4G network. The connection also allows the mobile workers access to real-time worklists and the NBSS.
Alongside the breast screening service, the Visbion stand also hosted information regarding the rest of the product range, including the Vendor Neutral Archive solution. Over the course of the conference, Visbion were pleased to have the opportunity to catch up with some of our current customers and also make some interesting new connections.
The stand included interactive screens and a rolling video display to provide more information on the Visbion product ranges.
The Europe Connectathon has been hosted by Bochum this year and Visbion have had a successful week in Germany. The team have spent a busy and productive week, alongside over 300 attendees from more than 100 other companies, testing their compliance to international standards such as DICOM 3.0, HL7, XDS and many more. Over the course of the week, Visbion have added a variety of new profiles to their set, with focus on Master Patient Index functionality and Image Display.
Connectathon sees the coming together of over 100 companies for an intense week of testing
Visbion have passed the new IID Image Display Invoker profile, allowing us to launch third party diagnostic and non-diagnostic viewers from within the software. The team have also added the capability for others to launch the Visbion viewer – Image Web, from their systems. This means that Visbion now boasts fully standards-based viewer integration, demonstrating a dedication to interoperability.
The addition of the Master Patient Index profiles allows Visbion to prove the functionality of the Image Archive and VNA software for use in central patient ID cross referencing within a hospital. Alongside this, passes were achieved for patient demographic lookup profiles, demonstrating the ability to perform realtime queries for patient demographics from a hospital patient registry. These features will allow the Visbion software to act as a hub for a patient regional sharing solution.
The Visbion team have also passed a selection of other profiles, including the SWF.b profile that relates to radiology workflows and HL7 message orders. This is a complex profile, requiring completion 3 times with separate companies to fully prove compliance to the standards. The addition of the Resting ECG Workflow, and Stress Echocardiography PPSM profiles have added further functionality options to the Visbion range.
Connectathon presents an intense week of work for those who attend but this input is incredibly worthwhile when such fantastic results are achieved. The whole team are incredibly pleased with the outcomes, with extra functionality improving our product for the benefit of ourselves and our customers.
Visbion team members Erling Austvoll and Eoin Collins have had a successful week at their first Connectathon.
March 2016. Visbion are pleased to be providing a PACS solution for Edgewood Veterinary Group for their new hospital building in Purleigh. Edgewood required a system that would allow them to connect their CR, US and Dental CR systems to review and store DICOM images. The Visbion Image Archive Entry Level system was therefore put forward as the best option. The Entry Level system allows for the connection of up to 3 modalities and has the capacity to store up to 150,000 standard x-ray images, making it a suitable contender to meet Edgewood’s needs. In addition, the new PACS will allow users to log in from any of the branches to view images from all modalities side by side via Image Web, Visbion’s online image viewer software. Download the full press release here.