New SonixHub Community Manages Credentialing, Billing and Ultrasound Images on an Integrated Software Platform

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SonixHub Community is free for up to 100 users

The software collects all images, measurements, worksheets and patient data on a central server, making automated billing and reporting easy.

Ultrasonix is introducing the SonixHub Community software platform at the 2011 Scientific Assembly of the American College of Emergency Physicians in San Francisco on October 15. Designed to reduce the time, costs and paperwork associated with running an ultrasound education program, SonixHub Community is downloadable software that is free for up to 100 users.

The company originally developed the SonixHub software to collect, store, grade and report on the studies performed by Emergency Medicine doctors learning to perform ultrasound examinations. The software has been designed to meet the standards defined by the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) for credentialing, quality assurance and training. SonixHub Community has all the features of the original enterprise version.

“Although we originally developed the SonixHub for emergency medicine, we’ve discovered that it’s a useful tool for any ultrasound education program and for ultrasound image management in general,” said John Nichols, Market Manager, Informatics at Ultrasonix Medical Corporation. “To help improve patient care, we believe that an ultrasound system needs to be more than just a system that scans well; we also want clinicians to be able to properly train new users and to track and access patient files quickly.”

According to Nichols, SonixHub is currently installed at more than 25 sites that also use the company’s SonixTouch and SonixTablet ultrasound systems. Ultrasonix is offering SonixHub Community to support more ultrasound education and training programs. The company will be launching an online support forum to help users interact with each other and to offer product feedback to Ultrasonix staff, who will use it to drive credentialing and billing enhancements to the product.

Ideal for storing and managing images in a secure environment, SonixHub is also being used by anesthesia departments, reproductive medicine clinics and OB/GYN practices. The software collects all images, measurements, worksheets and patient data on a central server, making automated billing and reporting easy.

SonixHub supports HIPAA compliance by eliminating the need to retrieve patient data on portable media such as USB sticks, CDs and DVDs by enabling remote access over a secure network, or being installed inside a hospital firewall. Clinicians can review images from any terminal within a facility’s firewall and depending on permissions can even access the data and review it from a remote location by logging into a secure network.

SonixHub Community will be available in mid-November. The software offers unlimited connectivity to many DICOM-compliant ultrasound systems on a network. It also offers advanced features such as Bedside Billing, which enables billing reports to be generated and processed right at the bedside. Free registration for SonixHub Community is open now at http://www.ultrasonix.com/Community.

About Ultrasonix:
Ultrasonix develops and manufactures diagnostic ultrasound imaging systems with customizable touch screens to simplify workflows. The company's systems are built on an open software platform that enables remote service and easy updates to keep current with advancements in imaging technology. Founded in 2000, Ultrasonix is a privately-held company headquartered in Richmond, British Columbia, Canada. http://www.ultrasonix.com.

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