Capital Health selects Agfa for region-wide
EDMONTON – Capital Health announced that it has selected Agfa
HealthCare, an international imaging company, to install an integrated
information, image and speech recognition system that will schedule,
order, manage, store and display both cardiology and radiology images.
In making its announcement, Capital Health becomes one of the first
health regions in Canada to implement a fully integrated cardiology and
radiology PACS system. In addition, Capital Health and Agfa have formed
a unique public-private partnership with shared risk to guarantee the
improved delivery of diagnostic imaging services.
The shared-risk partnership is not common in the Canadian marketplace,
said Michael Green, vice-president, Agfa HealthCare, Canada. “We’re
essentially guaranteeing the clinical, operational, financial and
technical success of the system – a rarity in today’s marketplace.”
He added that a fully integrated cardiology and radiology imaging and
information system is rarely installed in Canada because most current
implementations don’t allow the two departments to easily share
the integrated system, the entire workflow for both radiology and
cardiology will be streamlined, and the report turnaround time reduced
by the speech recognition system,” said Donna Strating
(pictured at left), Capital Health’s Chief Information Officer.
“Giving our physicians and clinicians better information in a faster
timeframe will only improve patient care and safety,” she said, adding
that the overall cost of services will be reduced with the
implementation of a filmless and paperless environment.
Capital Heath will become Agfa’s largest integrated RIS (Radiology
Information System)/PACS (Picture Archiving & Communications System) and
Speech Recognition installation in North America. Users will be able to
access records and images region-wide through its electronic health
record, netCARE. Capital Health performs more than 750,000 exams a year.
This joint partnership is the latest relationship Capital Health has
established with private sector companies. Recently, the health region
worked with a consortium of five technology companies to build netCARE,
the region’s electronic health record. Capital Health is currently
working with TELUS and Hewlett Packard to build a patient internet
portal that will provide residents with access to their health
information and other tools to manage their health and the health of
Capital Health in Edmonton is Canada’s largest academic health region,
providing complete health services to 1 million residents in the cities
of Edmonton, Fort Saskatchewan, Leduc, Spruce Grove and St. Albert, and
the counties of Leduc, Parkland, Strathcona and Sturgeon (and
communities within their geographical areas), as well as the Town of
Devon and communities in the eastern part of Yellowhead County.
Capital Health serves a total of 1.6 million people across central and
northern Alberta, providing specialized services such as trauma and burn
treatment, organ transplants and high-risk obstetrics.