Aspect Imaging Awarded Innovative Technology Contract by Vizient for Embrace® Neonatal MRI System in Point of Care

Thursday, September 21, 2023

Aspect Imaging, a global leader in MRI systems tailored for complex neonatal cases, is pleased to announce that Vizient, Inc., the nation's largest provider-driven healthcare performance improvement company, has awarded an Innovative Technology contract for the Embrace® Point of Care Neonatal MRI System. This contract, recommended by hospital experts serving on Vizient's provider customer-led councils, signifies the unique qualities of Embrace® that could bring significant improvements to the healthcare industry.

The allocation of Innovative Technology contracts results from a comprehensive evaluation process within Vizient's Innovative Technology Program. These contracts are recommended by Vizient's provider customer-led councils, which seek out technologies capable of improving clinical care, enhancing patient and healthcare worker safety, or streamlining healthcare organization operations.

The Embrace® stands as a groundbreaking achievement as the world's first MRI system meticulously designed and FDA-cleared for the specific imaging needs of premature and newborn infants. This self-shielded, permanent magnet system holds the distinction of being the first MR system intended for direct placement within the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). Historically, adult MRI scanners were considered unsuitable for NICUs due to size and safety concerns. The Embrace® boasts several innovative features, including a temperature-controlled patient bed that optimizes environmental conditions for infants, as well as its Whisper Quiet® sound profile, carefully crafted to meet the developmental requirements of NICU patients. These innovations cater to the intricate and specialized care needs of neonatal patients, making MRI imaging more accessible and safer for these fragile patients, and providing crucial information to the clinical care team when it is most needed.

Wendy Slatery, Chief Commercial Officer of Aspect Imaging, expressed gratitude for the Embrace® being acknowledged as an Innovative Technology by Vizient. She emphasized the opportunity this presents to offer distinctive and clinically valuable solutions to Vizient customers. She also underscored the potential to enhance neurocritical care for the smallest patients while reducing the associated risks and staff time involved in transporting newborns to a traditional MRI. The Embrace® MRI system grants the neonatal medical team access to vital information from the early hours of life and throughout the patient's NICU stay, often forming the basis for critical care decisions.

Kelly Flaharty, Senior Director of Contract Services for Vizient, extended congratulations to Aspect Imaging for securing the Innovative Technology contract. She acknowledged that Vizient's provider customer-led council recommended the Embrace® Point of Care Neonatal MRI System for this contract due to its efficiency and potential to make a substantial difference in healthcare.

Vizient represents a diverse customer base, including academic medical centers, pediatric facilities, community hospitals, integrated health delivery networks, and non-acute healthcare providers, with an annual purchasing volume exceeding $130 billion. Through its Innovative Technology Program, Vizient collaborates with customer-led councils and task forces to evaluate products for their potential to introduce genuine innovation to healthcare. Vizient may award contracts to products that earn the Innovative Technology designation outside of the competitive bid cycle.



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