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Image management

Quebec regions and Agfa reach DI agreement

TORONTO – 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.

About 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.