Sectra builds medical research centre in Sweden and captures PACS order in Norway

Stockholm 30 October 2001Diakonhjemmet Hospital in Oslo, Norway, has signed a contract for a digital radiology system with the Swedish IT and medical technology company Sectra. The order includes Sectra's picture archive and communication system (PACS). The value of the order is approximately USD 0,6 million. In addition, Sectra has agreed to establish a new medical research centre in Linkoping, Sweden, in collaboration with Linkoping University and the county council of Ostergotland.

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Sectra has its roots in Linkoping Technical University and is one of Sweden's fastest growing high-tech companies in the information technology area. Since the mid-1980s, Sectra has successfully conducted development and sales of high-technology medical IT and telecommunications products. Today, the business includes products in medical systems, secure communication systems, and wireless information systems.

The newly planned Center for Medical Image Science and Visualisation (CMIV) will develop pioneering methodologies based on information technology and digital imaging and will be closely affiliated with the Swedish National Supercomputer Center within Linkoping Institute of Technology and the radiology department of Linkoping University Hospital.

In turn, the PACS system for Diakonhjemmet Hospital is scheduled to be put into operation during the autumn of 2001. "We are investing in PACS in order to increase the efficiency of our radiology department by making use of all the possibilities which modern IT-systems offer", stated Finn Lilleas, Chief Radiologist at Diakonhjemmet Hospital. "This means that the patient flow through the department will be more efficient and the availability of data within and between departments will be much improved. We chose Sectra's system because it has shown to be a reliable solution which we have seen works very well."

"We see the order from Diakonhjemmet Hospital as a proof of continued confidence in Sectra from the Norwegian market", commented Steinar Hellum, sales and marketing director of Sectra Norge AS. "It is an honour to be asked to deliver our system to a hospital with such a positive attitude toward its activity. Many Norwegian hospitals are now digitising their radiology departments and the order from Diakonhjemmet is an important reference for us."

Sectra is one of today's major PACS providers with more than two hundred PACS installations worldwide. The Swedish based company operates through partners in most of the world, but delivers directly to end customers in Northern Europe. The core business is to deliver top-of-the-line high-availability, robust enterprise PACS for 24/7 operation.

In Sweden, which is currently the country with the largest penetration of PACS in the world, Sectra holds a dominant market leadership with more than 60 percent of all film free installations. The company has its largest number of installed systems in Sweden and in the United States through partners, but has also an installed base in Germany, Norway, Finland, the United Kingdom, Italy, Spain, The Netherlands, and the Far East.

Sectra's medical business is conducted in Sectra Imtec AB, which is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sectra AB. Internationally, Sectra PACS is marketed and sold through different partners. In Norway, the medical business is conducted in the wholly-owned subsidiary Sectra Norway AS. More news on Sectra is available in the VMW October 2001 article Sectra's low-dose digital mammography system to be in study at St. Goran's Hospital.


Leslie Versweyveld

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