Agfa HealthCare signs PACS, Information Systems and Data Center agreement with Academic Medical Center in Amsterdam

Mortsel 22 April 2010Agfa HealthCare, a provider of diagnostic imaging and health care IT solutions, has signed an agreement with the Academisch Medisch Centrum (Academic Medical Center Amsterdam - AMC) in The Netherlands to upgrade its existing Picture Archiving and Communication System (PACS) and install a Radiology Information System (RIS) and Nuclear Information System (NIS). To support the University Hospital's regional care requirements, the company has also signed an agreement for the installation of its IMPAX Data Center. Agfa HealthCare's solutions were selected after an extensive review process involving five vendors and an independent ICT advisory consultancy.


The Academisch Medisch Centrum is one of The Netherlands' leading university medical centres. It counts over 1000 beds and treats over 410.000 patients annually. The facility employs over 7000 staff members, educates over 2300 university students and publishes nearly 3400 scientific articles, studies, books and other literature each year. Agfa HealthCare's IMPAX solution manages some 200.000 studies per year.

"We went to great lengths to ensure we were signing up with a health care provider that could meet our highest expectations", stated Professor Dr. Johan S. Laméris. "To achieve this we hired an independent ICT consultancy to help us screen a total of five leading vendors in the market. We concluded that the RIS/PACS solution from Agfa HealthCare was clearly the best. We are therefore happy to continue and expand our current relationship with them."

"To have been selected by AMC after such a rigorous process is a true complement to Agfa HealthCare and its leading solutions", added Hans Vandewyngaerde, Vice President Agfa HealthCare Europe. "We are proud to continue to serve this distinguished academic institution and to be able to expand the scope of our solutions within the Radiology and Nuclear Medicine organisations."

Amsterdam's University Hospital will upgrade its current Agfa HealthCare PACS to IMPAX 6, its latest and web-deployable image and information management solution. The solution is designed to help streamline enterprise work flow and deliver increased efficiency and productivity to the facility. Agfa HealthCare's IMPAX solution will be integrated with the hospital's existing Hermes Medical Solutions software suite. Agfa HealthCare's IMPAX Data Center provides large-scale multimedia storage for medical images and diagnostic results for hospital groups, regional health care organisations and national medical archives. The solution consolidates the data from disparate systems into a single point of storage to serve the needs of the enterprise. The installation of the Data Center will enable AMC to play its part in the e-Radiology project, set up to enable the sharing of radiology studies and reports within the Amsterdam region.

Agfa HealthCare's IMPAX RIS and IMPAX NIS solutions enable users to electronically manage radiology and nuclear medicine specific operations, end-to-end, from patient registration through worklist generation and medical reporting to transcription and business intelligence. The specialized solutions for Radiology and Nuclear Medicine departments are designed to boost efficiency, improve work flow, increase productivity and help deliver high-quality information to hospital staff, patients and referring physicians. Agfa HealthCare's Nuclear Information System (NIS) has been successfully installed at 11 sites in The Netherlands and was introduced to a broader European audience at ECR 2010 in Vienna.

"The combined capabilities of IMPAX NIS, Reporting and PACS, integrated with the Hermes Medical Solutions software suite enables us to further automate our clinical work flow, improve user convenience and reduce report turnaround time within the Nuclear Medicine department", added Dr. Hein Verberne, Chef de Clinique of the Nuclear Medicine organisation at AMC.

"Agfa HealthCare's commitment to high quality, driven by its nearly 20 year experience in the PACS and RIS sector, has once again been proven by independent and rigorous testing", stated Christian Reinaudo, President of Agfa HealthCare. "We look forward to meeting our commitments to AMC and an excellent relationship with them, today and in the future."

Agfa HealthCare has also signed 28 new customers' agreements in Germany for its health care IT solutions ORBIS, IMPAX and HYDMedia in the first quarter of 2010. In Germany, new ORBIS HIS/CIS contracts were concluded with, amongst others, the Schön Klinik Harthausen in Bad Aibling, Klinik Feldafing, Rechbergklinik Bretten, Fürst-Stirum-Klinik Bruchsal, the Asklepios Krankenhäusern Burglengenfeld, Nabburg, Oberviechtach, the Diakonie Klinikum Kassel as well as the Kreiskrankenhaus Schmalkalden. Agfa HealthCare's hospital-wide IT solution, ORBIS, manages and monitors all patient-oriented processes: medical, nursing, administrative and business.

ORBIS enhances the quality of patient care and provides fast and complete availability of patients' histories, including all images and data. Accurate real-time patient data and histories will be available to authorized nursing, technical and medical staff, allowing for quicker and better diagnoses and treatments.

A large group of new customers has also selected to install IMPAX Picture Archiving and Communications System (PACS), the company's image and information management solution, designed to help streamline enterprise work flow and deliver increased efficiency and productivity to hospital and care facilities. New customers include the Klinikum Stuttgart at four of its locations, the Schön Klinik Hamburg-Eilbeck, the Klinikum Kirchheim-Nürtingen in Nürtingen, the Behandlungszentrum Vogtareuth, the Bezirksklinikum Mainkofen in Deggendorf, the St. Marienkrankenhaus and St. Annastift in Ludwigshafen, as well as the Asklepios Klinik Bad Oldeslohe.

Additionally, Agfa HealthCare also concluded several large contracts for its Document Management System (DMS) HYDMedia, including with the Diakonie Klinikum Stuttgart, the Klinikum Emden, the Katholischen Klinikum Duisburg as well as with the Saarland-Heilstätten GmbH. HYDMedia enables the archiving of medical information such as diagnoses, radiology results, microfilms and clinical and administrative documentation. This particular solution has been developed to support and enhance hospital information management on all levels, including Hospital, Clinical and Laboratory Information Systems (HIS/CIS/LIS) as well as patient, administrative and financial information.

"Agfa HealthCare's strong market presence has once again been re-enforced by the arrival of 28 new customers, and this success confirms that our strategy is the right one", stated Winfried Post, General Manager Agfa HealthCare D-A-CH. "We look forward to a fruitful commercial relationship with these new customers, today, tomorrow and in the future."

More Agfa HealthCare news is available in the VMW October 2009 article U.S. Air Force selects Agfa HealthCare's IMPAX Data Center to support worldwide Patient Medical Record needs.

Source: Agfa HealthCare

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