Infoway, GE reach agreement for DI
TORONTO – Canada Health Infoway
announced that it has negotiated preferential conditions and pricing
with GE Healthcare Canada through a Preferred Solution Agreement for
their Centricity Picture Archiving and Communications System (PACS) and
Diagnostic Imaging Repository (DI-r).
PACS refers to systems that allow X-rays, MRIs, ultrasounds and CT scans
to be captured, viewed and transmitted electronically from one site to
another. These systems replace conventional X-ray film and greatly
improve access to patient information. Diagnostic imaging repositories
provide a secure environment for the storage and retrieval of diagnostic
images and reports.
“The project investments made in diagnostic imaging are translating into
real-time benefits and progress in diagnosis and treatment, providing
clinicians and patients with more accurate results and reduced wait
times,” said Richard Alvarez, Infoway’s president and CEO.
Through an Infoway project investment, British Columbia’s Interior
Health Authority demonstrated an average 41 percent decrease in
turnaround time for radiology results since the implementation of PACS.
Similar technology provided by GE Healthcare at the province’s Fraser
Health Authority uncovered millions in annual cost savings by reducing
film costs and storage space and increasing productivity.
By 2010, Canadians will benefit from improved radiology services made
possible by digital diagnostic imaging in all provinces and territories.
A key element of the Canada-wide agreement is preferential pricing for
jurisdictions who implement a shared service where several hospitals
agree to use a common PACS and DI-r infrastructure. GE Healthcare’s
commitment to adhere to pan-Canadian standards, and applicable privacy
and security requirements, is covered in the agreement.
“This agreement will benefit our jurisdictional partners by reducing the
cost and risk of implementing PACS and DI-r solutions,” added Alvarez.
The Canada-wide agreement will help accelerate the implementation of
electronic health records, making it simpler for provinces and
territories to acquire a diagnostic imaging solution. GE Healthcare
Canada joins Agfa Healthcare, Christie Group Ltd., McKesson Information
Solutions, and Philips Healthcare as preferred solution providers for
Infoway’s Preferred Solution Agreements show that participating vendors
like GE Healthcare have a deep understanding of the pan-Canadian EHR and
the need to adopt established standards to ensure interoperability.
While Infoway believes that these agreements offer significant value,
the selection of specific vendors rests with the individual province or
At the end of fiscal 2007/08, Infoway invested $316 million in 21
diagnostic imaging projects, currently completed or still in progress,
across eight provinces and one territory. This is part of 254 electronic
health record projects, representing $1.457 billion in investment since
About Canada Health Infoway
Canada Health Infoway is an independent, not-for-profit organization
funded by the Federal government. Infoway jointly invests in projects
with every province and territory to accelerate the development and
adoption of electronic health record systems in Canada. Fully respecting
patient confidentiality, this network of systems will provide clinicians
and patients with a faster way to manage, access, share and safeguard
patient health information. Accessing this vital information quickly
will foster a more modern and sustainable health care system for all