KARL STORZ Acquires Global Care Quest

05/03/2009 | Our company

CULVER CITY, CA (March 5, 2009) –KARL STORZ Endoscopy-America, Inc., a world leader in advanced endoscopy technologies and operating room integration solutions, announces that it has acquired Global Care Quest (GCQ), effective October 7, 2008. The company will be a new business unit of KARL STORZ. Founded in 2005, GCQ is based in Aliso Viejo, California, and is the developer of ICIS (Integrated Clinical Information System), which performs real-time integration and delivery of disparate forms of digital medical information.

“KARL STORZ has had a marketing agreement with GCQ since 2006,” says Charles H. Wilhelm, President – Chief Operating Officer. “Our acquisition of the company now expands our vision for providing true interoperability across OR technologies. The addition of ICIS technology to the OR1® system enables us to deliver intuitive and highly effective access to an extended range of patient data, clinical images and other relevant information in real time.”

ICIS is a software solution that “reaches out” over hospital networks to a wide range of information sources. Vital patient information is gathered into one coordinated display, the ICIS Dashboard. The visual display is a customizable set of windows that practitioners can configure to suit clinical needs and specific preferences. Remote access is also provided by ICIS Mobile, which allows the same patient information to be viewed and controlled via secure Web access or using a handheld device over a cellular network. In this way, ICIS enables surgeons to stay connected with clinical activities through real-time integration and delivery of patient records, charting, bedside monitoring data, and laboratory results.

“Advances in information management and communication technologies enabled development of ICIS Dashboard and ICIS Mobile,” says Neil A. Martin, MD, Founder/CEO, GCQ. “These powerful systems now give practitioners new capabilities for accessing vital information and images to speed diagnosis and treatment of critically ill patients. Combined with OR1, these innovative solutions can enhance and extend the patient care environment, while supporting telemedicine and telementoring initiatives.”

OR1® is the comprehensive operating room integration solution from KARL STORZ that seamlessly combines high-performance surgical and imaging technologies, as well as data management. Touchscreen panels feature a realistic user interface for intuitive icon-based control, giving surgeons and OR teams complete command of system settings and functions. OR1® offers a range of advanced capabilities that promote educational and knowledge-sharing programs, including telesurgery and telementoring. “KARL STORZ has always been a leader in bringing innovative and creative solutions to our customers, and our acquisition of GCQ is yet another step in the right direction,” says Wilhelm.