VA – August
31, 2001 – International Technidyne Corporation (ITC;
Edison, NJ) and Medical Automation Systems, Inc. (MAS;
Charlottesville, VA) announce the integration of the HEMOCHRON
Jr. Signature and HEMOCHRON 8000 into the RALS-Plus Information
Management System for point-of-care testing.
systems are designed to perform sophisticated coagulation
monitoring at the point-of-care.
These systems are used to manage the effects of
anticoagulant drugs such as heparin, the world's most frequently
used anticoagulant. HEMOCHRON
is also used in the diagnosis of bleeding, especially
post-operative that is common after bypass surgery.
HEMOCHRON Response uses whole blood to perform coagulation tests
such as ACT, PT, APTT, thrombin time and fibrinogen. It includes
an easy-to-read screen, and operator and QC lockouts which can
be enabled for enhanced regulatory compliance.
HEMOCHRON Jr. Signature Microcoagulation System performs rapid
and accurate ACT, APTT and PT tests within minutes using
only one drop of whole blood.
Both systems can identify,
store, date and time stamp test results, and print both patient
and quality control test results.
Both systems offer liquid and Electronic
Quality Control (EQC).
RALS-Plus is a vendor-independent information management
system, that manages the data from POCT devices throughout a
hospital or health system.
The consistent look and feel of each RALS-Plus screen,
independent of device, enhances usability and reduces training
and support issues. The
ITC/MAS integration effort will incorporate
the HEMOCHRON products into RALS-Plus.
our efforts to be a vendor-independent information management
solution for POCT, the addition of the HEMOCHRON line of devices
to our RALS-Plus technology is a major achievement,” says Greg
Menke, chief executive officer and president of Medical
Automation Systems. “ITC
has been the leader in coagulation instrumentation for nearly 30
years and the HEMOCHRON product line has continued to evolve
over the years. As the demand for point-of-care
coagulation testing continues to increase, ITC has responded
with more sophisticated, yet easy to use technology and a broad
range of coagulation test menus,” he continued.
are extremely pleased to offer our HEMOCHRON customers the added
flexibility and LIS connectivity features of the RALS-Plus
System” says Larry Cohen, president of International
Technidyne Corporation. “This
additional functionality will help meet our customers’ needs
for information management, and we are proud to be working with
Automation Systems (www.medicalautomation.com/)
is the leading supplier of information management systems for
point-of-care testing with over 350 installations and 10,000+
connected devices throughout the U.S. and Canada.
The company's flagship product is RALS®-Plus (Remote
Automated Laboratory Systems), a multi-instrument,
vendor-independent information management system for POCT.
MAS products include RALS®-LIS, a standalone
connectivity solution that simplifies the LIS/HIS order and
result entry process, including automatic patient verification
via the RALS®-ADT capability.
RALS-LIS uses Direct (EDI) HL7, Terminal Emulation
(Scripted) and Windows™ Interfacing methods, is compatible
with all major LIS vendors as well as the company's RALS®-Plus
vendor-neutral information management system.
MAS is a charter and founding member of the Connectivity
Industry Consortium (CIC) which ensures that RALS products will
always reflect the latest in industry standards.
The company is privately held and is based in
founded in 1959, is a worldwide developer, manufacturer and
distributor of in vitro diagnostic instruments, related reagents
and controls for use primarily in hospitals and independent
clinical laboratories. The company’s product lines include
critical care systems, hemostasis systems and information
IL’s GEM product offerings, part of the critical care line,
include the GEM Premier 3000, GEM OPL™, a portable whole blood
CO-Oximeter and the GEM PCL™, a portable Coagulation analyzer.
IL’s commitment to information management technology
to be a charter member of the Connectivity Industry Consortium (CIC).
The company is based in Lexington, Massachusetts.