CHUM extends PACS relationship with
MONTREAL – Agfa HealthCare announced that the Centre
hospitalier de l’Université de Montreal (CHUM) will implement the Agfa
Heartlab Cardiovascular solution for echocardiography image and
information management, and upgrade its existing IMPAX solution for
Expected to go live last month, in September 2006, the Agfa Heartlab
Cardiovascular solution will manage images and information for
approximately 12,000 echocardiography exams performed annually across
CHUM’s three hospitals.
“As an expansion of CHUM’s existing IMPAX PACS (Picture Archiving and
Communications System), this implementation will leverage our current
infrastructure investments while providing many new benefits to
Cardiology users and patients,” said Dr. Guy Leclerc, Chief Officer of
Cardiology for the CHUM.
Currently, echocardiography exams are stored off-line on either VHS
tapes or Magneto Optical Disks, making them inefficient to use for
reference and comparison and difficult to distribute – a common need
when patients are sent to another CHUM site for an exam.
The Agfa Heartlab Cardiovascular solution will maintain all
echocardiography exams on-line, resulting in faster exam review between
all three hospitals and dramatically improving report turnaround times
and clinical effectiveness.
“The existing IMPAX PACS solution, operating successfully for the CHUM’s
Radiology departments since 2001, will also undergo a technology
refresh,” said Serge LeBlanc, Director of Hospital Services at the CHUM.
“This will help us reap the benefits of new hardware technology and
software functionality,” he adds.
“Implementing Agfa’s cardiology system provides the functionality and
workflow we need to help improve care. We can take advantage of existing
PACS hardware and knowledge, and it also allows us to use our existing
echo carts from different manufacturers,” notes Lyne Marquis, Manager of
Medical Electrophysiology Service at the CHUM.
The Structured Reporting component of the Agfa Heartlab Cardiovascular
solution is another key reason for the implementation. “The French
language Structured Reporting, which is nearly complete, is extremely
impressive and will help improve patient care by providing quality
reports that are more consistent and widely available to authorized
users. Additionally, the resulting database of digital cases will help
support the CHUM’s research and teaching objectives going forward,”
“The IMPAX upgrade and expansion into Cardiology is another example of
how successful partnerships can evolve to drive business value in new
ways. We expect to see CHUM’s Cardiology department reap the same
benefits and improvements that the Radiology department has over the
past five years. Integrating the information together is the key, and
this is where Agfa excels,” said Michael Green, President and CEO, 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 film related
products 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 3,308 million Euro in
2005. Agfa HealthCare supplies hospitals and other healthcare centers
with state-of-the-art systems for the capturing, processing and managing
of diagnostic images and with IT solutions that integrate information
and imaging workflows into the overall hospital operations across
departmental disciplines. In addition, Agfa is a leader in the fast
growing market of IT systems that span the entire healthcare enterprise
and through which healthcare facilities become more efficient and
effective, with improved patient outcomes. For more information on Agfa,
visit www.agfa.com. The Agfa Heartlab
Cardiovascular solution is recognized as a world leader in cardiology
image and information management. The system is installed in more than
480 leading cardiology centers throughout the globe, giving
cardiologists rapid access to imaging exam and report information and
providing robust protection for critical patient data.
About the CHUM
The Centre hospitalier de l’Universite de Montreal (CHUM) is a
university hospital centre that provides specialized and
ultra-specialized services to a regional and supra-regional clientele.
The CHUM also offers general and specialized hospital services for its
immediate service area. These services, which contribute to teaching and
research and to the evaluation of healthcare technologies and
intervention methods, are provided on an integrated network basis. The
CHUM also contributes to the ongoing promotion of health through its
front-line services. The CHUM was formed with the merger of three
Montreal hospitals: Hotel-Dieu, Notre-Dame and Saint-Luc. The CHUM’s
10,000 employees, 900 doctors, 330 researchers, 5,000 students and
trainees and 800 volunteers serve more than half a million patients