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Diagnostic imaging

Quebec City-area PACS up and running

QUEBEC CITY – Agfa HealthCare, a leading provider of IT-enabled clinical workflow and diagnostic imaging solutions, announced that Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Québec (CHUQ), which is affiliated with the Réseau Universitaire Intégré de Santé (RUIS) of Université Laval region, has successfully implemented its IMPAX 6 PACS (Picture Archive and Communications System).

As an integral part of the Quebec Government’s eHealth initiative, IMPAX 6 has helped CHUQ move to a digital radiology environment - improving workflow, facilitating efficient information sharing among physicians and enabling better delivery of patient care.

In late 2006, Agfa HealthCare was selected as the preferred vendor for the Quebec Government’s request for proposal to implement a PACS solution across all 51 sites of the RUIS of Université Laval region, which annually perform more than 2.2 million radiology exams.

In addition to this, dual Diagnostic Imaging repositories (DI-r) were required to centrally manage the storage and sharing of every exam completed in the region. Over an 18 month period, Agfa HealthCare and members of RUIS Université Laval’s hospitals and teams worked diligently to oversee the successful implementation of Agfa HealthCare’s IMPAX 6 PACS and DI-r solution across the entire region. Six months after the winter 2008 completion, CHUQ is experiencing the full benefits of Agfa HealthCare’s technology.

“Prior to the implementation of IMPAX 6, it was extremely difficult for physicians to quickly gain access to previous patient exams, and they would sometimes have to go through laborious search to find the screen films they needed,” said Dr. Paul Langis, assistant radiological department director at Hôpital Saint-François d’Assise. “With IMPAX 6, physicians can now reduce the number of redundancies, share patient reports in real-time, optimize workflow and call up a digital image quickly, which has provided CHUQ with the opportunity to reduce wait-times for exam interpretation.”

Before the introduction of PACS, CHUQ was manually sharing patient images between its healthcare institutions. With the implementation of IMPAX 6, CHUQ physicians are now sharing images electronically among its three locations and viewing current and prior exams remotely in real-time. Hôtel-Dieu de Québec, Hôpital Saint-François d’Assise and Centre hospitalier de l’Université Laval (CHUL) are now equipped with more than 900 PACS workstations, and approximately 1,479 healthcare professionals are using the solution and noting faster patient turnaround times and decrease in overall wait times.

“With many healthcare facilities facing the need to work more efficiently and effectively, CHUQ required a solution that would help reduce costs and increase productivity without compromising its high standard of patient care,” said Dave Wilson, vice-president, Agfa HealthCare Canada. “With IMPAX 6 in place, CHUQ patients benefit from shorter wait-times and faster report turnaround, which enables patients to be diagnosed more quickly.”

About Agfa
The Agfa-Gevaert Group is one of the world’s leading imaging and information technology companies. Agfa develops, manufactures and markets analogue and digital systems for the printing industry (Agfa Graphics), the healthcare sector (Agfa HealthCare) and specific industrial applications (Agfa Materials). Agfa’s headquarters are in Mortsel, Belgium. The company is present in 40 countries and has agents in another 100 countries throughout the world. The Agfa-Gevaert Group achieved a turnover of 3,032 million Euro in 2008.

About Agfa HealthCare
Agfa HealthCare, a member of the Agfa-Gevaert Group, is a leading provider of IT-enabled clinical workflow and diagnostic image management solutions, and state-of-the-art systems for capturing and processing images in hospitals and healthcare facilities. Agfa HealthCare has over a century of healthcare experience related to diagnostic imaging and has been a pioneer on the healthcare IT market since the early 1990’s. The HealthCare division has sales offices and agents in over 100 markets worldwide. Sales for Agfa HealthCare in 2008 were 1,223 million Euro.For more information on Agfa HealthCare, please visit