MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Nov. 14 ZONARE Medical Systems, adeveloper of premium ultrasound systems, today announced it has been ranked asthe top hand carried ultrasound (HCU) vendor in the inaugural KLAS HCU study.The company was ranked first in image quality, ergonomics and throughput,according to the survey, and second in reliability and durability.
"We are extremely pleased to receive this top HCU honor based on such ahighly respected, independent survey," said Donald Southard, president and CEOfor ZONARE. "To be rated as first in KLAS reflects on our commitment tomeeting customer needs through innovation, excellent service and uniquetechnology. Along with the significant growth of ZONARE since our firstshipment in 2005, this recognition helps reconfirm the expanding acceptance ofour proprietary Zone Sonography(TM) technology and Convertible Ultrasound(TM)platform."
The study was the result of KLAS' effort to uncover answers to a number ofquestions regarding the impact of HCU on the facilities and patient care. Withindependently reported growth of more than 40 percent in 2006 alone, HCU isthe fastest growing segment within the overall ultrasound market and one ofthe fastest in all diagnostic imaging.
Zone Sonography technology has enabled ZONARE Medical Systems to bring itsunique, patented Convertible Ultrasound platform to the industry providingpremium image quality and performance together with greater portability at anattractive price to value ratio compared to conventional ultrasound systems.Clinicians are able to convert the z.one system, at the touch of a button,from a full-featured, cart-based system into a premium compact ultrasoundsystem, optimizing its versatility in a variety of clinical settings, withoutsacrificing image quality or performance.
The KLAS Hand-Carried Ultrasound study indicates that ZONARE provides anadvanced ultrasound platform and high levels of service. In addition tomeeting HCU needs, providers report that as ZONARE maintains its productquality and support scores while enhancing advanced imaging capabilities, thecompany also stands to position itself as a legitimate replacement system inthe future to a broad range of full cart-based systems within theirorganizations.
Unlike most other HCU systems, the z.one system's Zone Sonographysoftware-based architecture allows its performance to continue to improve asgreater processing power becomes available. System upgrades can be downloadedvia the internet, allowing for fast, convenient advances in clinicalcapabilities, enabling clinicians to cost-effectively maintain a state of theart premium ultrasound system.
"We appreciate the financial and clinical investment our customers havemade in selecting ZONARE for their ultrasound needs," said Mark Miller, vicepresident of sales and marketing for ZONARE. "We take every step to maximizethis investment by providing ongoing upgrades to optimize clinical data andworkflow efficiencies. The KLAS study provides an excellent measurement of oursuccess in achieving this goal."
KLAS Enterprises, LLC, is a research firm specializing in monitoring andreporting the performance of information technology and medical imagingvendors in the healthcare field. KLAS has created a database of information onthe performance of 300 vendors and 500 products, as judged by executives andclinicians from more than 4,500 healthcare facilities. The company gathersdata through written evaluations and confidential interviews, and publishesresults regularly. For more information on KLAS, visithttp://www.healthcomputing.com. Copyright (C) 2007 KLAS Enterprises, LLC. Allrights reserved.
About ZONARE Medical Systems
ZONARE Medical Systems, Inc., is a privately-held company that designs,develops, and manufactures premium performance compact ultrasound solutions,which combine its proprietary