SANTA CLARA, Calif., March 19 Eklin Medical Systems, aleading developer of digital radiography (DR), PACS (Picture Archiving andCommunications System) and practice management software (VIA(TM)) forveterinary care practices, announced the company has appointed DennisBallance, DVM, as division manager of the newly-formed Eklin Data ServicesDivision. Ballance has served as a consultant and executive for both academicand industry information technology (IT) development. He is currently co-chairof the industry's DICOM Standards Committee along with William Hornof, DVM,DACVR, Eklin's chief medical officer.
"Dr. Ballance is uniquely qualified for this critical position given hiseducation and experience in veterinary care, informatics and IT," said Hornof."Our goal for all of our products is to support the same open industrystandards for digital information in veterinary care as now exists in humanmedicine. As the demand for our open standards technology accelerates, welook to Dennis to help drive our new Data Services Division in order to helpprovide innovative solutions to meet this demand."
Prior to Eklin, Ballance served as director of hospital informationtechnology at the University of California, Davis, Veterinary Medical TeachingHospital (VMTH). He also has consulted with industry software companies andthe Veterinary Teaching Hospital at North Carolina State University. He is theauthor and co-author of several published, peer-reviewed veterinary medicinearticles focusing on digital imaging and data management technology. Ballancereceived his bachelor of arts in Zoology from UC Davis, where he graduated cumlaude. He later received his doctor of veterinary medicine degree from UCDavis as well.
Eklin provides a number of digital and data management products includingDR, PACS and Practice Information Management software (VIA) for small animal,exotic and equine practices. Employing the Eklin Digital Practice(R), productsand services, veterinarians can obtain images in seconds, then store, reviewand archive the images and other medical records at the touch of a button. Italso offers sophisticated image processing tools, giving the clinician muchgreater depth of information that can be enlarged or manipulated for farbetter detail, resulting in closer scrutiny of potential areas of concern.
"I am excited to be joining the leader in open standard digital technologyfor the veterinary medicine market," said Ballance. "Eklin has been asignificant advocate for open DICOM standards which gives veterinary practicesthe freedom to choose any vendor's DICOM modality and be assured it willseamlessly integrate into the practice enterprise. This is extremely criticalfor a practice's future growth by ensuring economical, workflow and clinicalefficiencies."
All of Eklin's digital technologies are built on published DICOMstandards, the medical industry's digital imaging and storage protocols. Thisallows practices to select products from multiple vendors which follow thesame open standard and be able to seamlessly integrate these other digitalsystems within the practice. The new Data Service Division will offer openstandard solutions such as remote data storage (EklinVault(TM)) andRapidPACS(TM) Web Edition image management.
The company also announced the appointment of Larry Sullivan as directorof corporate IT and Telecom services for Eklin and the new division. Sullivanis a six sigma, certified black belt, quality control professional with morethan 15 years managing IT, Telecom and network departments ranging from Ciscoto Network Appliance. At the latter, he was the six sigma program manager forworldwide Telecom functions. Sullivan attended San Diego and San FranciscoState universities.
"With a growth rate of more than 45 percent in 2007 alone, Eklin has nowbecome a recognized leader in open standard digital imaging and datamanageme