Vital Images, part of Toshiba Medical Systems, acquires Karos Health

Vital Images, part of Toshiba Medical Systems, acquires Karos Health

por Thomas Dworetzky, Contributing Reporter | November 02, 2016
Health IT
Vital Images, a group company of Toshiba Medical Systems Corporation, announced today that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Karos Health, a health care informatics company.

“Toshiba Medical Systems Group has, with this acquisition, obtained technology and expertise that accelerates our ability to provide comprehensive diagnostic imaging and integrated health care informatics solutions to our customers,” said Toshio Takiguchi, president and CEO of Toshiba Medical Systems Corp.

The Karos Rialto platform permits “cross-community access to health information,” according to a statement by the company, which explained that its EasyViz software permits “diagnostic quality” image display across various platforms. Both use open standards that permit “secure handling of patient health information.”


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The acquisition allows Toshiba Medical to offer customers a robust imaging and informatics solution set, according to its statement, without requiring “large-scale, disruptive PACS replacement of existing systems.”

“Vital and Karos have been working together since 2014, delivering next-generation, enterprise interoperability solutions worldwide. Karos Health’s solution set enables collaboration between health care providers and patient engagement, while providing secure access to complete the patient’s health record – anytime, anywhere,” Jim Litterer, president and CEO of Vital Images stated.

Karos CEO Rick Stroobosscher stressed that the deal would offer customers “a comprehensive accountable-care-ready solution to help [Integrated Delivery Networks] confidently navigate the global move toward personalized medicine and the requirements of the Patient Privacy Accountable Care Act.”

No financial details of the deal were announced.

In June, Vital launched its own “ neutral-architecture platform application” (ANA).

The package enables “immediate, non-disruptive connectivity and interoperability solutions within the existing infrastructure,” Jim Litterer, CEO of Vital Images stated. “In bridging the gap between vendor-proprietary data sets, ANA has the potential to transform enterprise informatics, promote patient engagement, and secure access to patients’ health records, all in accordance with the rapidly changing environment of accountable care.”

It also released version seven of its Vitrea advanced visualization software, and noted that the platform permitted “full-powered solutions for 2-D, 3-D and 4-D medical imaging and comprehensive user workflows, including CT, MR and XA applications.”

The controversial Toshiba Medical Systems Corp. sale to Canon was finalized March 17.

“As soon as competition law process is completed by Canon Inc. we will then become a Canon Group company, but will retain our company name and brand for a certain period of time,” said the company, adding, “viewing this transition as a great opportunity, we will continue our work in promoting health care based on our proprietary technologies, strong sales performance, and high-quality services.”

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