Agfa to deliver PACS solutions to Norwegian and German hospitals

Mortsel 05 October 2000Agfa closed a deal with Hordaland County, Bergen, Norway, for providing a state-of-the-art Picture Archiving and Communications System (PACS), designed to send radiological images and information between the radiology departments of the eight hospitals in the region. The full potential of the contract is 8 million euro. This PACS equally includes the Radiology Information System (RIS) developed by Quadrat, the company in which Agfa recently purchased an equity stake.

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Furthermore, Agfa is to digitise all image communication at the Ludwigsburg Hospital, Germany. Within the framework of a European-wide tendering procedure, the Ludwigsburg-Bletigheim GmbH hospitals awarded a corresponding order to Agfa. As part of this major order with a volume in the region of 2 million euro, Agfa will be installing the Impax digital archiving and communication system at the Ludwigsburg Hospital.

In collaboration with the experts at Agfa Impax Solutions, the hospital will be building up a modern IT network, in which all image and patient data, which are generated in radiology can be digitally stored long term and distributed to the specialist and nursing departments which ordered them. The data can be called up from any station in the network at any time. Thus when treating patients, for example, doctors have direct, round-the-clock access to all the relevant data.

With more than 400 installations worldwide, Agfa forms the market leader in digital networks for the field of medical imaging. Agfa utilised its successful North American Impax Solutions business as the model in strengthening its global structure. In keeping with this approach, Agfa has developed strong, resource-rich regional teams in Europe and Asia-Pacific. "The German and Norwegian orders demonstrate Agfa's regional market approach to gain success", stated Luc Wanten, who is General Manager Impax Solutions in Europe. "The benefits of the Afga/Quadrat alliance are significant as well and are already providing results."

The Agfa-Gevaert Group, headquartered in Mortsel, Belgium, ranks among the world's leading imaging companies. Agfa develops, manufactures, and markets analogue and digital imaging systems, primarily for the graphics industry, medical imaging, non-destructive testing, micrographics, motion picture film, and consumer imaging and photography markets. Agfa employs about 22.000 people in 40 countries, and has 120 agents throughout the world. Together, they achieved a turnover of 4731 million euro in 1999. If you like to have further details on the Agfa Impax solution, please read the VMW August 2000 article Agfa and INPHACT partner to supply ADC and IMPAX products to community hospitals and clinics.


Leslie Versweyveld

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