Agfa to supply DI repository in New
TORONTO – Agfa HealthCare, a
leading provider of IT-enabled clinical workflow and diagnostic imaging
solutions, announced that it has been chosen as the vendor of choice by
New Brunswick to deliver a Diagnostic Imaging Repository (DI-r).
The agreement is a major step forward for the province as it deploys its
e-Health strategy – One Patient One Record – which will provide the
infrastructure and functionality required to capture, store, view and
link relevant patient information for its 740,000 residents.
New Brunswick has partnered with Canada Health Infoway, which is
contributing $18.2 million to the project, with the remaining $17.7
million coming from the province. The province expects to implement its
One Patient One Record system over the next three years.
Working with IBM, which will provide consulting and implementation
services for the project, Agfa HealthCare will create a Diagnostic
Imaging Repository. This Diagnostic Imaging Repository is based on its
IMPAX Data Center concept for consolidating a patient’s images and
reports into a central system.
The information can be retained for a patient’s lifetime, and is
available in a standardized format, for the use of authorized
clinicians. Doctors, nurses and technologists will have secure log-in
access to relevant prior patient images, regardless of where they were
Not only will the repository help clinicians make informed decisions
about a patient’s care, healthcare facilities can also expect to
significantly reduce costs and redundancies, such as the duplication of
imaging exams due to lost paper files.
“The drive toward the implementation of the One Patient One Record
system shows that New Brunswick is a true Canadian e-Health leader,”
said Michael Green, President and CEO of Agfa HealthCare Canada.
“Leveraging Agfa HealthCare’s interoperable technology, this
province-wide repository addresses the need for integration across
healthcare facilities. Not only will this provide more informed decision
making, it will also enhance the delivery of patient care for the
residents of New Brunswick.’’
About Agfa HealthCare
Agfa HealthCare, a member of the Agfa-Gevaert Group, is a leading
provider of IT-enabled clinical workflow and image management solutions,
and state-of-the-art systems for capturing, processing and printing
images in hospitals and healthcare facilities.