Toronto East Network opts for Agfa’s
– Agfa HealthCare announced that it has been selected by the Toronto
East Network (TEN) as the preferred vendor for the region’s Diagnostic
Imaging Picture Archiving and Communication System (PACS) project.
Requiring the integration of several RIS and PACS from different
vendors, this project will leverage the open architecture and
interoperability offered by Agfa’s proposed IMPAX solution.
The TEN Diagnostic Imaging (DI) PACS Project is a joint initiative
commissioned by a voluntary consortium of 16 hospital corporations.
These hospitals manage 26 clinical sites throughout the central, east
and northern regions of Ontario in Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs)
7, 8 and 9.
In cooperation with these hospitals and Canada Health Infoway, the TEN
DI PACS Project Management Office has defined a three-year phased
implementation strategy for the creation of a shared Diagnostic Imaging
Repository for images and reports.
The preferred vendor status will allow Agfa HealthCare to negotiate a
binding contract for the provision of its IMPAX solution for current
non-PACS sites in the TEN (four hospital corporations across eight
sites) and for the implementation of a regional Diagnostic Imaging
Repository. The Repository will allow all participating hospital
corporations to centrally store image and report data, and to access
relevant prior patient images, regardless of which TEN site acquired
In 2004/5, the TEN hospitals performed 1.9 million diagnostic exams
(excluding mammography). Approximately 73 percent of these exams are
already electronically archived by local hospital PACS. The remaining
exam volume will be managed by the new PACS installations.
“We believe that this complex PACS implementation requires a vendor such
as Agfa who has a great deal of experience with open architecture and
interoperability between disparate systems,” said Michael Green,
President, Agfa Inc. (pictured) “The integration requirements play to
our strength as a company.”
The proposed shared digital imaging network will build on the
investments in PACS and Radiology Information Systems (RIS) already made
by some sites within the TEN. The proposed network will enable and
support interoperability across all hospital sites within the region.
Additionally, the system will enhance diagnostic imaging services across
the region and between facilities by migrating to a filmless
environment, and enabling authorized access to both images and reports
on an ongoing, as needed basis.
The TEN PACS Project is a hospital partnership initiative that uses and
adapts proven solutions to create a shared imaging data repository in
accordance with the interoperability architecture and standards
established by Canada Health Infoway. Joint planning with the e-Health
Office of the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care and Canada
Health Infoway Inc. ensures that the project identifies opportunities
and aligns local, regional, provincial and national e-Health strategies.
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. The company is active in 40
countries and has agents in another 100 countries throughout the world.
For more information on Agfa, visit www.agfa.com.