NS hospitals said to be 96 percent
KENTVILLE, NS – Nova Scotia Premier Rodney
MacDonald announced at a press conference that the completion of a new
digital diagnostic system at hospitals across the province will help
physicians and their patients make faster and better treatment
By installing a Picture Archive and Communications System (PACS) in 49
hospital sites, the project will replace film-based imaging with faster,
safer, more streamlined digital processes. The hospitals are using Agfa
HealthCare’s IMPAX for picture archiving and communication. As of today,
Nova Scotia hospitals are 96 percent filmless.
“Nova Scotia is providing health-care professionals with faster access
to better information by using diagnostic imaging, a key component of
the electronic health record,” said Richard Alvarez Infoway’s president
and CEO. “This will go a long way towards improving the efficiency,
accessibility and quality of patient care in Canada's health-care
The project began in 2004 at a total cost of $25 million. Canada Health
Infoway is contributing $12 million; $10 is being supplied by the
provincial government; the remaining $3 million to come from the federal
medical equipment fund.
The project is being implemented in hospitals across the province by
teams from district health authorities with support from Sierra Systems,
who provided project management; Agfa Inc., the vendor of the PACs
equipment; and EMC Corp., the centralized information management and
The Agfa IMPAX system allows hospitals to capture, analyze and transmit
digital images including X-rays, CT scans, ultrasounds and MRIs, which
are stored centrally in the Provincial Archive. Each hospital is able to
query the Provincial Archive, offering radiologists and other physicians
fast access to patient images no matter where they’re located.
“Digital imaging has transformed the way healthcare is delivered. With
IMPAX in place across Nova Scotia, the province’s radiologists and
emergency room physicians can make decisions in minutes
– often the difference between life and
death,” said Michael Green, vice president healthcare, Agfa Inc.