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Medical imaging

Agfa preferred vendor in 2 Quebec DI projects

After a lengthy analysis of the Request for Proposal (RFP) submissions, the Quebec Ministry of Health and Social Services has directed Approvisionnement des deux Rives, the organization overseeing the RFP process, to begin negotiations with the preferred vendor, Agfa HealthCare.

The goal of the negotiations is to develop a binding contract for the provision of PACS and image repositories for the Réseau Universitaire Intégré de Santé (RUIS) Laval and RUIS Sherbrooke regions of Quebec.

RUIS-Laval serves more than 1.8 million people within a 400,000-square-kilometer region. The organization plans to use PACS to improve service to patients and doctors in remote areas, as well as address its shortage of radiologists.

It offers radiologists and specialists the ability to collaborate across distances, as well as easy access to images online, enabling them to make faster diagnoses based on better information.

The RUIS-Laval region will implement Agfa’s IMPAX PACS locally at 51 sites, along with a large-scale regional image repository to handle approximately 2.3 million patient exams per year, making it one of the largest regional PACS installations in Canada.

RUIS-Sherbrooke will use Agfa’s IMPAX PACS as a regional imaging repository system to bring centralized archiving services to all 15 hospitals in the region, totaling 1.1 million diagnostic exams annually.

Agfa’s IMPAX repository will integrate with existing PACS systems from two other vendors, enabling the region to leverage its previous technology investments. Authorized users in the member hospitals will be able to access any image, at any time, from any location, regardless of where in the region the prior exams were acquired.

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 graphics industry, the healthcare sector and specific industrial applications. Agfa’s headquarters are in Mortsel, Belgium. For more information on Agfa, visit