Demand grows in Canada for Philips
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
“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
• 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:
via the web at