EBM Technologies recently received Class II FDA clearance for its Rad system that offers diagnostic readings of radiological images.
The Rad system allows radiologists to interpret images and make diagnostic decisions remotely through a vendor neutral system. Rad can turn an iPad Pro into a medical display and give radiologists images from any PACS/RIS system to read images when VPN access is available.
“It is common for clinicians to use their mobile device for reviewing radiological exams on a Citrix platform that hospitals provide,” said William Pan, CEO of EBM Technologies, in a press release. “Migrating from remote reviewing to mobile devices was already happening with clinicians, but not for remote diagnostic reading. Due to regulations, radiologists could only use FDA-cleared devices to diagnose. We now provide them with the solution-Rad, and there is a lot of excitement about it in the community.”
Since the system is portable, radiologists only need a pair of iPad Pros to to turn them into diagnostic, reading-capable devices in less than a minute. Doctors connect the iPad’s lightning cables to a Windows 8 or newer computer and import the radiological images through Rad. The EBM Technologies system does not use cloud-based data transferring, making the process secure. Once the device is powered off, all image pixel data on the screen is deleted.
“Any time a new technology is introduced, it is important to avoid unnecessary changes that impact existing workflow and limiting switching costs,” Pan said. “Vendor neutrality, therefore, is a very important part of that calculation.”