Adobe shows Client Outlook's eUnity medical imaging application in the first live demonstration of the RIM BlackBerry PlayBook tablet.
the Adobe MAX conference in Los
Angeles, Adobe CTO
Kevin Lynch gave the first live demonstration of the RIM BlackBerry PlayBook,
showing how the tablet can fit into the medical field.
demonstrated the eUnity medical imaging app from health care application
provider Client Outlook, showing how MRI
images can be streamed wirelessly on the PlayBook while using finger gestures
to zoom in or out of a medical scan.
the conference, RIM launched its Tablet
OS SDK for Adobe Air
. Client Outlook is adapting its eUnity software for
the Air platform. Mobihealthnews.com has a video
of eUnity running on the PlayBook
part of an early access arrangement, Client Outlook is one of several
BlackBerry Alliance members developing applications using the SDK for Adobe Air.
Outlook plans to combine Flash with the company's server technology to allow
health care clients to render diagnostic images quickly on an ultraportable
unit, Steve Rankin, Client Outlook's president and CEO,
"The form factor of the RIM device is absolutely perfect for health care,"
whenever technology moves to a new platform, challenges result, he added.
"It's a new type of device, and as such the capabilities of each of these
devices will have to be considered carefully for whatever clinical use they're
being touted for."
software, originally designed for Linux, Mac and Windows on the desktop, must
be tweaked for the mobile environment to conform to the resolution, contrast
ratio and luminance of the device, Rankin explained.
make the images available online, eUnity provides a single, or unified,
interface to access medical images from a Flash-enabled Web browser, Rankin
said. Separate systems won't be necessary for imaging, cardiology or
scheduling. Images can be incorporated into EMRs (electronic medical records),
Outlook has adapted the eUnity software specifically for the PlayBook rather
than other tablets such as the iPad because of its integration with security
procedures in the enterprise, according to Rankin. "The power of the
device and the clarity of the device are phenomenal," he added. "We
were very impressed with it."
the development of eUnity on the BlackBerry tablet, Client Outlook hopes to add
to a hospital's existing PACS (Picture Archive and Communication System) rather
than replace it, Rankin noted. "We are here to help bring more value to
their existing investment by allowing clinicians to access medical images
regardless of their location."
RIM introduced the PlayBook at the BlackBerry Developer Conference on Sept. 27
in San Francisco, Mark Willnerd,
president and CEO of health care
applications developer TouMetis, gave a first glimpse at the PlayBook's
potential in health care. He showed how orthopedic
surgeons could use a BlackBerry PlayBook or smartphone
to collaborate on
designs for knee replacements.