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SonoAccess 2.0 offers largest free collection of multimedia ultrasound training resources for a variety of clinical specialties

Bothell, W.A., October 7, 2014 – FUJIFILM Sonosite, Inc. , the world leader and pioneering specialist in bedside and point-of-care ultrasound, unveiled version 2.0 of the popular SonoAccess™ educational app, a free mobile device application that provides the healthcare community with access to the largest multimedia library of ultrasound resources including instructional videos, clinical image galleries and a variety of case studies. FUJIFILM Sonosite redesigned the app from the ground-up based on collaboration from existing users, added more features and workflow improvements, and extended its reach to include all Apple and Android phones and tablets.

" A textbook or a colleague with more experience is not always available, but an app can be with you while on-the-go. " said Diku Mandavia, MD, FACEP FRCPC, Chief Medical Officer and Senior Vice President, FUJIFILM Sonosite Inc. " SonoAccess 2.0 is a result of our commitment to serving the needs of our customers. Multimedia educational resources are in high demand and we want to serve our customers better by providing them access to resources quickly and easily whenever, wherever. "

New imaging system combines ultra high-frequency ultrasound imaging, quantification and education in a convenient easy to use all-in-one platform designed for small animal studies

Toronto, Canada, September 17, 2014 (Booth #510) – FUJIFILM VisualSonics Inc. , a world leader in real time, in vivo , high-resolution micro-imaging systems designed specifically for pre-clinical research and subsidiary of FUJIFILM Sonosite, Inc., will unveil the world’s first one-touch pre-clinical imaging platform, the Vevo® 3100 on September 17 -20 at the World Molecular Imaging Congress Annual Meeting in Seoul, Korea.

“Equipped with new Vevo HD Image Technology, a customizable touchscreen user interface, and onboard learning, the Vevo® 3100 imaging platform allows researchers to experience a new and efficient method of imaging in the pre-clinical research world,” said Naohiro Fujitani, President & CEO, FUJIFILM Sonosite, Inc . “As the undisputed leader in real-time in vivo micro-imaging systems, FUJIFILM VisualSonics once again advances the world of pre-clinical research with the launch of the Vevo® 3100 imaging platform.”

Subcommittee on Primary Health and Aging to Explore Stemming More Than 1000 Preventable Deaths Each Day In The US Healthcare System

BOTHELL, WA, July 17, 2014 – FUJIFILM Sonosite Inc. , the world leader and specialist in ultrasound performed at the point-of-care, applauds the US Senate Subcommittee on Primary Health and Aging for having a hearing to explore ways to stem the more than 1000 preventable patient deaths a day in the US healthcare system.

"This crisis needs to be addressed at the highest levels sooner rather than later, and we applaud the Senate for taking action," said Diku Mandavia, MD, Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer at FUJIFILM Sonosite. "The fact is that there are many tools and methods to prevent these deaths if adopted broadly across a hospital, including those to significantly reduce a major threat to patient safety –hospital-acquired conditions."

Hospital-acquired conditions (HACs) are complications that a patient may develop during a stay in a hospital or medical facility. To reduce this patient risk, many leading hospitals now mandate that their physicians adopt proven best practices. As an example, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), as well as other medical groups recommend ultrasound-guided central line insertion for safer vascular access, based on overwhelming scientific evidence of its safety benefits.

Sonosite Solutions provides a ready-made, but highly modifiable and scalable, clinical pathway to reduce CVC-insertion complications through the use of point-of-care ultrasound

BOTHELL, WA, May 13, 2014 – FUJIFILM Sonosite Inc. , the world leader and pioneering specialist in bedside and point-of-care ultrasound, announced the availability of a new patient-safety program designed to help hospitals reduce complications during CVC insertion. The Sonosite Solution for Safer Central Venous Catheter Insertion includes a guidebook and resource center that provides healthcare professionals with practice guidelines, procedure protocols, key metrics for benchmark success, educational videos and more. Most importantly, a team of Solutions Advisors support the program and help clinicians and administrators at participating institutions navigate through the wealth of available information.

"Central Venous Catheter (CVC) insertion can be risky. Both mechanical complications, such as a pneumothorax, or a Central Line-Associated Blood Stream Infection (CLABSI) can occur during the procedure,” said Diku Mandavia, MD, Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer at FUJIFILM Sonosite, Inc. “An iatrogenic pneumothorax is deemed a high cost and preventable event at many hospitals and healthcare systems and, as of October 2012, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will not compensate hospitals for additional costs incurred from this complication."

New open-access VividTrac® device—for “where you need it, when you need it” intubation— brings video intubation to the forefront of patient care

BOTHELL, WA, January 14, 2014 – FUJIFILM Sonosite, Inc. , the world leader and pioneering specialist in bedside and point-of-care ultrasound, today announced a partnership with Vivid Medical Inc. of Palo Alto, CA, to co-promote the VividTrac® Video Intubation Device. VividTrac is the world’s first and only single-use, "open access” video intubation device with a USB interface that connects easily to a variety of display options. By simply plugging the VividTrac device into a compatible system, clinicians will have access to high-resolution video intubation to enhance patient safety and care.

Sonosite's X-Porte™ Ultrasound Kiosk integrates advanced signal processing for high-resolution imaging, 3D animated clinical guides, and a cutting-edge multi-gesture user interface—all first-ever innovations in point-of-care ultrasound

BOTHELL, WA – November 8, 2013 – FUJIFILM Sonosite, Inc. , specialists in designing cutting-edge ultrasound tools and world-leading education for access to point-of-care visualization, today announced it received 510(k) clearance from the FDA for its newest generation of point-of-care ultrasound: the X-Porte™ Ultrasound Kiosk . Available in a stationary or a detachable use model, Sonosite will begin shipping the X-Porte kiosk in the United States effective immediately. The X-Porte is already available in parts of Europe and Asia-Pacific.

"This is a major accomplishment for Sonosite and a defining moment in the next phase of our innovation strategy," says Sonosite President and CEO Kevin M. Goodwin. "Working side-by-side with hundreds of clinicians from the frontlines of medicine worldwide, we combined their many insights with the most innovative consumer technologies available today. Then, we blended in our own inspiration from key engineers at our company, creating a remarkable new tool built from the ground up."

BOTHELL, WA– December 13, 2012- FUJIFILM Sonosite, Inc. , the world leader and specialist in bedside and point-of-care ultrasound, recognizes Life Line Screening for providing access to preventive screening services and encouraging millions of people to take a proactive approach to their health. With point-of-care ultrasound visualization, Life Line Screenings' clinicians are able to look inside a patient’s body to identify disease that could otherwise remain asymptomatic and undetected. As a leading provider of community based preventive health screening events for almost 20 years, Life Line Screening has administered over seven million screenings.

Introducing a New Care Path Strategy to Reduce Complications and Costs

Ultrasound-Guided Peripheral IVs Replace High-Risk Central Venous Catheter Line Placements in 84% of Patients

BOTHELL, WA– November 8, 2012– FUJIFILM Sonosite, Inc., the world leader and specialist in bedside and point-of-care ultrasound, announces new patient safety data achieved by Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals, Inc. (TJUH), a 957-bed academic medical center located in Philadelphia. Arthur Au, MD, a Clinical Instructor at Jefferson Medical College and Emergency Medicine physician at TJUH presented new data from an internal ultrasound-guidance study at the 2011 American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) conference.

Discovering a New Care Path Strategy

The goal of the study at TJUH was to determine if the number of Central Venous Catheter (CVC) placements could be reduced or replaced with a safer alternative− ultrasound-guided peripheral intravenous (USGPIVs) in patients with difficult IV access. The clinical challenge with most patients entering the emergency department includes: obesity, edema, or small veins that are difficult to visualize, making it incredibly difficult for a physician or nurse to place a peripheral IV.

New needle guidance solution helps make central venous catheter procedures "point-and-shoot" simple to improve care quality and reduce healthcare costs

BOTHELL, WA (September 13, 2012) – Sonosite, Inc., a subsidiary of FUJIFILM Corporation and the world leader and specialist in bedside and point-of-care ultrasound, today announced a partnership with Soma Access Systems LLC to bring AxoTrack™ needle visualization technology to market on Sonosite ultrasound systems. This innovative technology combines traditional ultrasound imaging with advanced magnetics to provide clinicians with a real-time update of the needle position that can be visualized as it travels through tissue to its intended target. This capability is ideal for placing central venous catheters (CVC) as clinicians try to quickly gain vascular access while avoiding critical structures.1

In Collaboration With The African Institute of Innovation and Technology

Contact: Lisa Fritzky (425) 951-1375

BOTHELL, WA– April 30, 2012– Sonosite, Inc., the world leader and specialist in bedside and point-of-care ultrasound, today announced a partnership with the African Institute of Innovation and Technology (AIIT), a Kenyan education trust, to establish the first ultrasound education program at Great Lakes University of Kisumu−a technology hub of East Africa. The AIIT ultrasound program is designed to provide physicians, midwives and clinical workers with greater access to ultrasound education, training, and medical resources to improve the health and welfare of the people in the region.