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Hitachi Medical Gets Innovation Award

Published: Tuesday, April 24, 2007 - 21:00

(ITI Global: Milford, Ohio) – Hitachi Medical Corp. has received from its parent organization, Hitachi Ltd., the 2006 Innovation Award recognizing the most innovative product and process developed for the year. Hitachi Medical received the award for the multimodality console product line that will enable the company to deploy common capabilities across all medical imaging product lines. Each year Tokyo-based Hitachi Ltd. recognizes great achievements in technologies and products.

Rendell Hughes, ITI senior executive consultant explains: “Driven by ITI’s CPPD process the joint Hitachi Medical and ITI team deployed a systematic methodology to capture customer requirements that drive market growth, develop product targets, analyze and design software, deploy upfront integration and testing and validate the product with customers before the product is finished. Over a 36-month period, ITI’s team lead HMC in the transition from a C, Unix, single-developer based environment to a C++, C# and .Net based-development environment that supports a global concurrent development with outsourcing suppliers. HMC decreased its time-to-market by 60 percent with a significantly high level of quality as a result.

Almost 60 imaging centers in North America and 140 hospitals in Japan were involved in defining product capabilities that are critical for radiologist and technicians to support diagnosis with high image quality and fast patient throughput. Future customers evaluated the product and engineers were making final improvements 12 months before Food and Drug Administration approval. Testing started on the same day that coding started to ensure that this large complex system would meet quality and performance targets when the last line of code was implemented. This process ensures that clients have a design and an implementation that always satisfies the customers and end users.

Hitachi Medical Corp. can be found on the Web at www.hitachi-medical.co.jp/english/.

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