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May 1, 2015
Atirix announces on-line QC-Track® Training Center

Minneapolis, May 1, 2015 — Atirix Medical Systems, Inc., announces that interactive online training modules are now available for the QC-Track system.

The QC-Track Training Center is now part of the secure Support Center on the Atirix.com website. Courses and tutorials covering all aspects of day-to-day use and administration of the QC-Track system are available.

“I’m really excited to offer this new service to our clients,” said Rania Johnson, RT (R)(M), Senior Director of Product Management. “Our clients will be able to get answers to all sorts of product questions, and they can do it at their convenience. It will really help clients needing to do those ‘only occasionally’ type tasks they might not remember from training. We see this as a great first step toward offering a full on-line training environment for clients that prefer automated training.”

Atirix client personnel are able to use the Training Center at no charge during the QC-Track warranty and support periods.

Atirix offers products to improve productivity and ensure compliance with federal, state and local regulations in diagnostic imaging centers, including the patented QC-Track system for device quality control, ACR CEU/CME and exam tracking, apron tracking, and PM/service tracking.

Hospitals, clinics and academic imaging centers in more than 30 states, including six of the ten largest U.S. healthcare systems, use Atirix products for day-to-day radiation safety, quality control and regulatory reporting needs.

QC-Track is available in the U.S. and Canada from Atirix.

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April 30, 2015
Atirix announces AHRA Webinar "Doing More with Less: The Evolving Regulatory Environment and a Centralized Quality Control System” for May 27

Minneapolis, April 30, 2015 — Atirix Medical Systems, Inc., announces that an on-line webinar, sponsored by the AHRA, will be presented on May 27, 1 p.m. CDT. Please go to ahraonline.org to register.

"Doing More with Less: The Evolving Regulatory Environment and a Centralized Quality Control System”

Joint Presenters:

Steve Backes, President and CEO, Atirix
Rania Johnson, R.T. (R)(M)(ARRT), Director of Product Management, Atirix
Allen Goode, M.S., DABR, Chief Diagnostic Medical Physicist, University of Virginia Health System

Description:

Imaging departments have experienced unprecedented change over the past five years. Scan volumes have levelled off, economic pressures have caused many facilities to reduce staffing levels, and a wave of mergers is resulting in larger overall organizations.

Despite all that there has been a surge of new imaging regulations and accreditations, from sources including the American College of Radiology, the Joint Commission and many states. These new imaging regulations and accreditations typically include requirements for on-going device quality control (QC).

As a result many imaging departments now face QC challenges. It can be tough to know which requirements to follow, much less whether the proper QC procedures are being used on a day-to-day basis. Facilities struggle to find staff to perform the new QC activities. Many facilities, though, still rely on manual processes and 3-ring binders to capture and manage QC data. This can leave imaging managers “in the dark” on the status of day-to-day QC, and vulnerable during inspections.

The Joint Commission has advised facilities to implement a centralized quality control system. A centralized QC system offers the promise of electronic QC workflows, data gathering, reporting, and management overview.

What are the realities of implementing a centralized quality control system?

At University of Virginia Health System (UVA), the medical physics team has worked with radiology leadership to implement a centralized quality system. Using the patented QC-Track® system for device QC, credential tracking, apron tracking and PM/Service tracking from Atirix Medical Systems, the medical physics team has embarked on a staged implementation to deploy a centralized intranet-based system for QC across twelve locations.

In this session, UVA lead medical physicist Allen Goode, M.S., DABR, Atirix President Steve Backes, and Atirix product manager Rania Johnson, RT (R)(M) provide a re-cap of imaging QC regulations including the ACR’s Continuous Quality Control system. They describe the implementation of the QC-Track system at UVA. They discuss device quality control, UVA’s practices prior to the QC-Track system, the functional and technical implementation plans used by the team, operational impact of the centralized QC system, and lessons learned. They provide several operational case studies discussing the workflow changes and impact of the QC-Track system. They also discuss the new types of tracking and radiation safety-related communications and management processes made possible by a centralized QC system.

What will participants learn?

Participants will learn about:
  • recent imaging regulations, including the ACR Continuous Quality Control Process
  • technologies for centralized quality control
  • how to plan for implementing a centralized QC system
  • organizational changes made possible with a centralized QC system
  • the challenges radiology management might encounter when implementing a centralized QC system

Atirix is a Director’s Circle sponsor of the AHRA Educational Foundation.

As part of its support, Atirix is also sponsoring:
  • Lean Six Sigma Workshop, Sunday, July 19, 2015, 1:30 – 5:30 p.m. at the AHRA 43rd Annual Meeting and Exposition, Las Vegas, NV.
  • AHRA Online Institute. Free credits will be available to AHRA members during October 2015.

Be sure to look for the QC-Track system at the AHRA Annual Meeting in Booth #1135.

Atirix offers products to improve productivity and ensure compliance with federal, state and local regulations in diagnostic imaging centers, including the patented QC-Track system for device quality control, ACR CEU/CME and exam tracking, apron tracking, and PM/service tracking.

Hospitals, clinics and academic imaging centers in more than 30 states, including six of the ten largest U.S. healthcare systems, use Atirix products for day-to-day radiation safety, quality control and regulatory reporting needs.

QC-Track is available in the U.S. and Canada from Atirix.

Product or service names mentioned herein are the trademarks of their respective owners

July 28, 2014
Atirix announces Cloud option for the QC-Track® system

Minneapolis, July 28, 2014 — Atirix Medical Systems, Inc., announces that managed cloud operations are now available for the QC-Track® system.

The Atirix Cloud option includes QC-Track system installation, system management, and backup/recovery on a secured cloud server. Atirix configures the cloud server for the client, restricting user access to only the client’s personnel. Atirix will transfer the QC-Track software and data to the facility at any time during the QC-Track warranty or Support and Maintenance period.

“Our clients want to get the benefits of QC-Track as soon as possible but many IT groups are just too busy, meaning QC-Track installations can get delayed,” said Kevin Onken, Senior Director, Customer Solutions. “Some clients might prefer cloud for on-going operations. Others can use this as a helpful bridge until an in-house server is available.”

Contact Atirix for more information and pricing.

Atirix offers products to improve productivity and ensure compliance with federal, state and local regulations in diagnostic imaging centers, including the patented QC-Track system for device quality control, credential tracking and apron tracking.

Hospitals, clinics and academic imaging centers in more than 30 states, including six of the ten largest U.S. healthcare systems, use Atirix products for day-to-day radiation safety, quality control and regulatory reporting needs.

Product or service names mentioned herein are the trademarks of their respective owners

July 28, 2014
Atirix announces QC-Track® module for preventive maintenance and service tracking

Minneapolis, July 28, 2014 — Atirix Medical Systems, Inc., announces that the QC-Track®.Planner module will be available in QC-Track 4.3, scheduled for release on September 1, 2014.

QC-Track.Planner is for scheduling and tracking preventive maintenance (PM) and service events. This can include events for equipment with a formal QC process, such as an imaging unit, and also equipment that requires periodic PM but does not have a QC process, such as tread mills in a stress lab. In addition, other recurring and one-time events related to equipment in the diagnostic imaging center can also be scheduled and tracked, including equipment installations, physicist surveys, and inspections and audits.

QC-Track.Planner events show up on the QC Dashboard as they are due, and can also be managed in a calendar view. In addition, service reports and related PM records can be scanned and stored as part of the event, enabling service records to be centrally stored and accessed.

“For the first time all of your equipment and service records can be stored along with device QC records,” said Rania Johnson, R.T., (R)(M), Director, Product Management, “and this is getting more important as the record keeping requirements of diagnostic imaging centers keep increasing. Binders and shared directories just don’t cut it. QC-Track makes it easier, faster and more secure to manage and access this important equipment information.”

Contact Atirix for more information, demonstrations and pricing.

Atirix offers products to improve productivity and ensure compliance with federal, state and local regulations in diagnostic imaging centers, including the patented QC-Track® system for device quality control, credential tracking and apron tracking.

Hospitals, clinics and academic imaging centers in more than 30 states, including six of the ten largest U.S. healthcare systems, use Atirix products for day-to-day radiation safety, quality control and regulatory reporting needs.

Product or service names mentioned herein are the trademarks of their respective owners

June 6, 2014
Atirix QC-Track® at upcoming conferences, including AHRA, AQI, MTMI

Minneapolis, June 6, 2014 — Atirix Medical Systems, Inc., will be participating in several upcoming conferences, including:

  • August 10 - 13, The AHRA Annual Meeting, Washington, DC. Look for Atirix in Booth 929. Atirix now supports the AHRA, including the Annual Meeting “Lean/Six Sigma Pre-Conference Workshop.” See www.ahraonline.org for more information.

  • September 12 - 13, The 2014 AQI/MTMI Duluth Breast Imaging Conference, Duluth, MN. Atirix now Supports the AQI and MTMI Mammography courses. See www.achievingqi.com for more information.

  • October 4 - 5, The MTMI 18th Annual Mammography Update for Physicists, Colorado Springs, CO. Atirix now Supports the AQI and MTMI Mammography courses. See www.mtmi.net for more information.


Product or service names mentioned herein are the trademarks of their respective owners

January 23, 2014
Atirix QC-Track® at upcoming conferences, including MTMI, SAMS, and WIMP

Minneapolis, January 23, 2014 — Atirix Medical Systems, Inc., will be participating in several upcoming conferences, including:

  • January 31 – February 1, The MTMI 18th Annual Mammography Update for Physicists, Orlando, Florida. Atirix now supports the AQI and MTMI Mammography courses. See www.MTMI.net for more information.

  • February 1, The Sacramento Area Mammography Society (SAMS) Annual Symposium, Sacramento, CA. See www.sacramentoareamammographysociety.org for more information.

  • February 22 – 26, Winter Institute of Medical Physics (WIMP) Conference, Breckenridge, CO. Atirix is a sponsor of the WIMP Conference. Steve Backes, President, will be presenting “Centralized QC in Practice.” See www.GoWIMP.org for conference information (and www.Breckenridge.com for snow conditions!)


Product or service names mentioned herein are the trademarks of their respective owners

July 19, 2013
Atirix announces Two Patents for Device Quality Control Systems

Minneapolis, July 19, 2013 — Atirix Medical Systems, Inc., announces that two patents have issued for quality control systems and methods.

Most recently, U.S. 8,478,610, “Medical imaging device quality control system and method” issued on July 2, 2013. This patent claims the use of QC dashboards and scheduled QC tests to manage the quality control process in diagnostic imaging centers for mammography, Full Field Digital Mammography (“FFDM”), MRI, breast MRI, x-ray and ultrasound imaging systems and related peripheral devices. This patent has 28 claims.

Prior to that, U.S. 8,428,969, “System and method for tracking medical imaging quality” issued on April 23, 2013. This patent claims a computer-based process of performing QC, such as required by the Mammography Quality Standards Act (MQSA), in breast imaging centers on mammography, FFDM, MRI, x-ray and ultrasound imaging systems. The process includes completing pre-programmed test worksheets based on a schedule, storing QC data in a database, and generating QC reports for audits. This patent has 17 claims.

Both patents are based on a provisional patent application the Company filed on January 19, 2005.

The complete patent descriptions are available at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Atirix offers products to improve productivity and ensure compliance with federal, state and local regulations in diagnostic imaging centers, including the patented QC-Track® system for quality control, credential tracking and apron tracking.

Hospitals, clinics and academic imaging centers in more than 30 states, including five of the ten largest U.S. healthcare systems, use the QC-Track system for day-to-day radiation safety, quality control and regulatory reporting needs.

QC-Track is available in the U.S. and Canada from Atirix and Atirix distributors.

For more information please contact Atirix sales at 877/273-1764, sales@atirix.com or www.atirix.com

Product or service names mentioned herin are the trademarks of their respective owners


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