Xtria signs agreement with VHA for PACS consulting and implementation services

Richardson 28 July 2003Xtria LLC, a provider of information solutions and services, has signed an agreement with VHA Inc., a United States health care co-operative, to provide Picture Archiving and Communication Systems (PACS) consulting services to VHA member health care organisations. Under the terms of the three-year agreement, Xtria will offer its digital imaging integration, implementation and management consulting services to VHA members, facilitating the transition to and deployment of complex PACS systems.


"Traditionally only the largest health care facilities could take advantage of digital imaging breakthroughs and make the complex and often costly transition to a fully digital radiology environment", stated Steve Carpenter, president of Xtria. "As a result of this agreement, facilities of all sizes, through their VHA membership, can more cost-effectively move towards PACS solutions and collaborate with Xtria experts, ensuring a successful transition."

Migrating to a digital environment is a complex transition for any health care facility. Going filmless affects work flows, roles, relationships and an organisation's culture as a whole. Embracing the full breadth of these changes throughout the PACS implementation lifecycle results in a smoother, more effective transition. The benefit of a PACS is to improve the speed and quality of clinical care by streamlining radiological service and consultation. With instant access to images from virtually anywhere, clinicians can improve their work processes, speed up the delivery of patient care and improve clinical efficiency.

"Our members have told us they want a comprehensive PACS solution. This means access to the best PACS products and services, customised to meet their specific needs", stated Richard Howe, vice president of VHA's Consulting Services practice. "Our agreement with Xtria completes this offering and gives our members access to the expertise needed to fully leverage their PACS investment."

Xtria's Digital Imaging Solutions and Services team is highly experienced in systems integration and open architecture-based digital solutions. Xtria provides the clinical engineering, physics and systems analysis and support on a continuing basis to facilitate further refinement, automation, integration, maintenance and quality control of the PACS lifecycle. Xtria's consultants have over 100 years of combined digital imaging experience working with PACS vendors, including Agfa Medical Systems, Fujifilm Medical Systems, GE Medical Systems IT, McKesson/ALI and others.

VHA Inc. is a national co-operative of not-for-profit health care organisations that work together to improve the health of the communities they serve. VHA leverages the collective strength of the membership to improve clinical, operational and financial performance. Through the VHA co-operative, members access resources to assess critical needs and identify best practices to create customised solutions that lower costs and improve clinical quality. Based in Irving, Texas, with 18 local offices across the United States, VHA distributes income annually to members based on their participation.

Xtria is a provider of software and information technology services serving organisations in the health care, finance, and insurance industries, and agencies of the United States government. The company's solutions improve information access and point-of-service performance in complex regulatory environments. Solutions are built on the company's deep experience in vertical business segments, application integration and high-end infrastructure design.

Xtria typically partners with provider organisations that have made the decision to utilise diagnostic imaging, helping clients define their vision of a digital environment including organisational goals and metrics, then driving and supporting this complex transition through management, integration and implementation services. Xtria health care clients include Bristol Hospital, Capital Health, Health First, Lahey Clinic, LA County Department of Health Services, Resurrection Health Care, Saint Peter's University Hospitals and West Virginia University Hospitals.

Xtria is a wholly owned subsidiary of Xanser Corporation. More company news is available in the VMW September 2001 article Lahey Clinic chooses Xtria to implement integrated three-phase digital imaging solution.

Leslie Versweyveld

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