Quebec regions and Agfa reach DI
Agfa HealthCare, a leader in healthcare informatics, announced that it
has concluded negotiations with the Reseau Universitaire Integre de
Sante (RUIS) Laval and RUIS Sherbrooke regions of Quebec, for the
implementation of its IMPAX PACS (Picture Archiving and Communication
System) and diagnostic imaging repository (DI-r) solutions.
The contract negotiations included the precise planning, configuration
and timing of the two large-scale projects. The agreements, which are
worth in excess of Cdn$60 million and include a five-year plan for
support and an option for two additional years, are expected to be
signed by year-end with implementation of each region’s two mirrored
DI-r solutions starting early in 2007.
The implementation for RUIS Laval, which will see Agfa HealthCare’s
IMPAX PACS installed locally at 51 sites along with a large-scale
regional image repository, will acquire, store and manage approximately
2.3 million patient exams per year, making it one of the largest
regional PACS installations in Canada.
The regional PACS solution will allow RUIS Laval to optimize limited
radiologist resources to provide the highest levels of care for both
urban and rural populations. The deployment of the mirrored DI-r and
local PACS solutions for RUIS Laval is expected to last 30 months.
Every hospital in the region will have its own local PACS connected to
its own modalities and information systems. Each local PACS will then
send a copy of every exam to the regional DI-r for permanent storage and
to allow other healthcare providers to easily access a patient’s exam
history, regardless of where they were acquired.
The project for RUIS Sherbrooke will see Agfa HealthCare’s DI-r solution
implemented to provide permanent storage and regional exam access for
the existing PACS solutions installed in the region’s 15 hospital sites.
Approximately 1.1 million exams are generated in RUIS Sherbrooke each
year. The selection of the Agfa HealthCare DI-r highlights the
interoperability and connectivity strengths of the solution, since the
local PACS solutions are provided by two other vendors. The deployment
of RUIS Sherbrooke’s mirrored DI-r solution will begin early in 2007 and
is expected to last three months.
“We are very proud to be working with such innovative and
forward-thinking customers. The benefits that our solution will bring
will ultimately help improve healthcare across the RUIS Laval and RUIS
Sherbrooke regions of Quebec,” said Michael Green
(pictured above), General Manager, Agfa HealthCare Canada.
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.