Telstra signs on with 3D Medical for image management service

Telstra Health has formalised an agreement with 3D Medical to become a reseller of the US-developed Mach7 image management software.

Telstra Health signed a letter of intent with 3D Medical in March to evaluate the technology, which comprises a vendor-neutral enterprise imaging platform to allow imaging data to be shared across a network.

It is marketed at hospitals and radiology clinics and promises to provide universal access and sharing of medical images stored in proprietary picture archiving and communications systems (PACS).

The software licence and support agreement with 3D Medical is part of Telstra Health's plans to set up a new image and data management service (IDMS).

The agreement also allows the supply of specific Telstra Health products to 3D Medical’s new and existing customers.

A commercial release of an Australian product is expected in the first quarter of next year.

3D Medical CEO Max Ghobrial said in a statement the company was pleased to have established a commercial partnership with Telstra Health to include the solution as part of Telstra's future offerings.

“This has the potential to make a significant impact on how patient data can be stored and shared in Australia,” Mr Ghobrial said.

3D Medical also made news this week for its role in designing a 3D printed jaw joint that has been surgically implanted in a patient with a congenital jaw deformity.

3D Medical worked with oral and maxillofacial surgeon George Dimitroulis or Epworth Freemasons Hospital and engineers from the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Melbourne to use 3D technology to design the implant.

The jaw joint replacement was printed in titanium and manufactured using the latest 3D metal printing capabilities.

3D Medical chairman Nigel Finch said the company expected to see an increase in cases of this type as clinicians sought to harness computer-aided design and precise 3D printing to more efficiently solve complex clinical problems.

Posted in Australian eHealth

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