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Diagnostic imaging

Demand grows in Canada for Philips iSite PACS

TORONTO – Philips Medical Systems has announced several project wins for its iSite Picture Acquisition and Communication System (PACS) since the completion of a Preferred Solution Provider Agreement with Canada Health Infoway in August 2006.

“The Canadian market is recognizing the advantages that iSite’s unique fee-per-study model offers, along with its clinical benefits and speed of image management across the enterprise,” said Jeff Vachon (pictured), director of healthcare informatics for Philips in Canada. “iSite simplifies the adoption and implementation of PACS and regional image management.”

Hospitals and regions that have recently moved ahead with Philips iSite implementations include:

• North Bay Regional Hospital, in Northern Ontario, which has gone live with iSite Enterprise. The system is managing up to 70,000 studies annually across its regional facilities.

• Listowel Wingham Hospital, in Southern Ontario, has also chosen to upgrade its PACS to Philips iSite and is only weeks away from its clinical go-live with the new system.

• Vancouver Coastal Health Authority is completing its iSite enterprise project implementation and has started to bring on live sites. This will be a region-wide implementation of iSite Enterprise, managing approximately 500,000 studies annually across 14 facilities

• Joseph Brant Memorial Hospital, in Burlington, Ont., part Local Health Integration Network 3, has recently purchased iSite as its solution for managing 70,000 studies per year.

• Ellesmere X-Ray Associates, a large Radiology Service covering the Toronto East area, has signed on with Philips for iSite Enterprise and iSite Radiology for their private clinics. The systems will be used to manage images for patients and referring physicians, thereby improving patient access and providing timely exams and reporting.

• Saskatchewan Health Information Network (SHIN) has signed a QuickStart contract with Philips for iSite. This represents the starting point for the provincial PACS project. Planning has started on the implementation of the provincial DI-r and is expected to be completed in the first quarter of next year.

In Cardiology PACS, Philips announced that it will build on its installed base across the country with the upcoming release of the new Xcelera Cardiovascular Information System. It’s expected to become available in a matter of weeks.

For more information, contact, Jeff Vachon, Director of Healthcare Informatics, at (905) 201-4907, email:, or via the web at