DOD extends contracts for digital radiology
- By Bill Murray
- Nov 27, 2000
Defense Department officials have given the go-ahead for the third option
year of a contract for their flagship program to make radiology digital
in military hospitals.
Agfa Corp. of Ridgefield Park, N.J., and IBM Global Government Industry
of Houston received one-year options under the Digital Imaging Network Picture
Archiving and Communications System (DIN-PACS) program on Nov. 17, according
to a DOD announcement. Each company's contract is limited at a maximum $250
The Pentagon awarded the first DIN-PACS contract in November 1997.
According to the announcement, the Defense Supply Center, Philadelphia,
which is the contracting office for DIN-PACS, solicited 65 proposals and
received five contract bids.
Through DIN-PACS, DOD hospitals hope to lower costs by making radiology
and other data available digitally so that medical technicians can access
data electronically through local- and wide-area networks.
DOD medical officials also want to avoid relying on one vendor's legacy
system, so they are using industry standards such as Health Level 7. Many
hospitals are also using Microsoft Corp.'s Windows NT 4.0 as an operating
system under the contract.