£5m Paragon Veterinary Referrals opens its doors and chooses Visbion for its image archiving needs

Feb 2018. State-of-the-art animal centre Paragon Veterinary Referrals has opened the doors of its new £5 million Yorkshire site.

Opened on Monday, February 5, the centre, which is based in Wakefield’s Paragon Business Park, is owned by the Linnaeus Group, and is part of the successful and highly regarded Calder Vets, which is based in Dewsbury and has 12 practices across Yorkshire.

At 18,000 sq ft and across three floors, Paragon is purpose built and will be a centre of excellence for veterinary medicine, with specialists in a wide range of fields, including anaesthesia, cardiology, diagnostic imaging, ophthalmology and orthopaedic surgery.

The facilities on site reflect the aims of the team with no less than five ultra-hygienic operating theatres, 24-hour intensive care and an extensive suite of imaging modalities, including a 16-slice CT scanner, 1.5T MRI and dedicated radiography, ultrasound and endoscopy rooms.

The Paragon nursing team on launch day

The Paragon nursing team on launch day

In order to manage the data from the new imaging modalities, Paragon recognised the requirement for a comprehensive archiving system and so approached Visbion as the leading supplier of PACS (picture archive and communication system) to the veterinary market. Visbion put forward the Image Archive Enterprise system as a candidate to fulfil Paragons requirements. Visbion Image Archive is a flexible, high end PACS that includes secure storage, full audit trails, a reporting facility and a built-in DICOM viewer making it a perfect accompaniment to a modern imaging department. With a large storage capacity and being fully scalable, the Enterprise system was ideal for Paragon’s current and future needs.

Paragon required a solution that could be incorporated on their existing IT infrastructure; therefore, Visbion supplied a software only solution that has been installed on a ‘virtual server’ environment. Visbion have worked closely with the Linnaeus IT team to ensure a smooth integration.

As well as installing the main Enterprise system, Visbion also utilised their innovative Image Cube technology to provide a link between the Calder Vets Dewsbury branch, where the previous hospital was located, and the new Paragon centre.

This imaging link allows the images taken at Dewsbury to be stored in the new archive and for the two sites to easily share data, it also allows all imaging from both sites to be reported and viewed externally as required. The Visbion system will be fully integrated with the practice management system at Paragon, giving an added level of efficiency to the workflow.

Paragon Clinical Director Adam Bell commented of the project: “The opening of Paragon is the culmination of an 18-month project to bring the very best quality referral veterinary centre here to Wakefield.

“We’re delighted to open our doors and the team here at Paragon Veterinary Referrals are totally committed to and looking forward to, providing excellent care for patients using the latest veterinary techniques.”

Visbion CEO Mark van Rossum commented: “We’re thrilled to have been involved with this project, working from the initial PACS proposal to seeing the installation in place at the newly opened centre. Visbion work at the front of the imaging field and are proud to see our Image Archive Enterprise system in place at this prestigious new site”.

Visbion look to the future with management changes and continued focus on excellence in their products

Jan 2018. Visbion enters the New Year with a number of key changes to the management structure. These are designed to play to the strengths of the whole team and ensure delivery of the best possible service to our customers. Former Chief Operating Officer (COO) Mark van Rossum has now taken on the role of Chief Executive Officer (CEO), using his wealth of experience in management and business development in the healthcare sector to lead Visbion forwards. This will allow Dr Stefan Claesen to step into the job of Chief Technology Officer (CTO), a role to which he is ideally suited, bringing a wealth of technical experience and expertise. The change will enable him to focus more closely on the development of the core technologies that make up the Visbion product range as well as looking towards exciting new products.

Mark has working in the healthcare market for over 30 years and has managed many large projects over that time. Since joining Visbion in summer 2016, Mark has shown himself to be a dedicated and effective COO and there is no doubt that he will continue to be highly effective in his new role. As CEO he will oversee all aspects of the business, including our ongoing relationships with customers and partner companies as well as looking for new opportunities to grow the company.

Stefan is internationally renowned as an expert in the development of information technology for the healthcare market. He has been involved in writing a number of sections of the internationally recognised DICOM (digital imaging and communication in medicine) Standard, which is a key component of the Visbion software. In his new role at CTO, Stefan will use his extensive skill set and knowledge base to focus more centrally on the ongoing development of the Visbion product range. Alongside this he will also be continuing with existing and future customer relationships.

Visbion Chairman Professor Richard Kitney stated that this was ‘An exciting new chapter for Visbion and the whole team are looking forward to seeing the positive results that these changes will bring’.

Visbion add fantastic new HTML5 option to their range of viewers

­­July 2017. Chertsey, UK. Visbion have expanded their existing range of viewing applications with a fantastic new HTML5 based option. The Visbion HTML5 viewer – known as Image Display, will join Image Viewer and Image Web to provide a comprehensive suite of image viewing options for any situation. Image Display will be integrated into the Image Archive and Image World applications to allow studies to be launched directly from the archive, giving a seamless workflow. Image Display requires no installation and is a platform independent, zero footprint application that can be viewed in any browser – including those for iOS.

Image Display can be used on a desktop workstation but the functionality is designed to work equally well on handheld devices. Visbion are experts at using standards, working them into the core components of all their technology, and Image Display is no exception. The new viewer is completely standards based and draws on the latest DICOM Web restful services QIDO-RS, WADO-RS and STOW-RS. Furthermore, these services are now fully supported by the Visbion Image Archive software, something that Visbion intends to utilise in the future to launch a range of exciting new products targeted at mobile devices.

Image Display includes a selection of manipulation and annotation tools, including window levelling, zoom, pan and the ability to measure lines and angles. Images can be viewed in multiple layouts and using the simple but fast ‘drag and drop’ functionality, studies from different dates can be inserted side by side for comparison. Visbion are constantly looking for new ways of improving user experience and are delighted to be able to launch this new viewer to our customers.

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Visbion and ezyVet achieve Practice Management System and DICOM Modality Worklist integration for DKC Veterinary Clinic

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June 2017. Visbion have supplied an Image Archive PACS for DKC Veterinary Clinic (a Dubai Kennels & Cattery company). As part of this install, Visbion have incorporated Smart Integration with ezyVet - the centre’s chosen practice management system.

The practice, based in Motor City, Dubai, was opened in early 2015 and is an extension of Dubai Kennels & Cattery, aimed at allowing the company to provide services for all aspects of companion animal care. Within the purpose-built practice, DKCVet have a range of imaging modalities, including ultrasound, DR and dental radiography. In order to securely store the images from all of these systems, DKCVet decided to invest in a PACS and with the assistance of Medical Plus, the Visbion Image Archive system was proposed and accepted.

The Image Archive PACS allows for secure storage plus access to query, retrieve and view images from any modality on a single workstation, providing a fantastic all-round solution. Standard practice management integration allows users to access the Visbion patient record directly from the ezyVet system. The more extensive Smart Integration deployed at DKCVet enables DICOM modality worklists to be created on receipt of an imaging request booking from the ezyVet system. The patient information is populated automatically on the imaging devices, leading to improved efficiency and a reduction in errors by avoiding the requirement to manually input patient details on the modality. This form of integration is rarely seen in the veterinary community and Visbion were delighted to leverage their experience of DICOM modality worklists from the healthcare industry to complete this new installation.

Visbion response to NHS Cyber Attack

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.

* KB4012598, KB4012212, KB4012215, KB4012213, KB4012216, KB4012214, KB4012217, KB4012606, KB4013198, and/or KB4013429

** Port 445 (SMB) blocked or robustly filtered”

Molly and Max Vets sign up to Image World with direct access from RxWorks practice management system

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Visbion add new strength to development 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.

Visbion install Image Archive and complete data migration at Newnham Court Veterinary Group

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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.

First Finnish Veterinary Practice signs up to Image World

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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.

University Veterinary Hospital become first USA based practice to sign up to Image World

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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.