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Agfa Healthcare's PACS Solutions Selected By Academic Medical Center In Amsterdam

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Agfa HealthCare, a major diagnostic imaging and healthcare IT solutions provider, Agfaannounced the signing of an agreement with the Academisch Medisch Centrum (Academic Medical Center Amsterdam - AMC) in The Netherlands. According to the agreement, Agfa is going to upgrade the existing Picture Archiving and Communication System (PACS) in the medical center, in addition to implementation of a Radiology Information System (RIS) and Nuclear Information System (NIS), aiming to meet the requirements of the University Hospital's regional care. Agfa will also install its IMPAX Data Center according to the new agreement.

Agfa HealthCare's solutions were chosen after an extensive review process and comparisons that included five vendors and an independent ICT advisory consultancy. The Academisch Medisch Centrum is one of the major university medical centers in the Netherland. It has more than 1000 beds and offers treatments for nearly 410,000 patients every year. The center provides education for about 2300 university students and publishes nearly 3400 scientific articles, studies, and books each year. IMPAX solution from Agfa manages about 200,000 studies annually.

Professor Dr. Johan S. Laméris said "We went to great lengths to ensure we were signing up with a healthcare provider that could meet our highest expectations" he added "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." While Vice President Agfa HealthCare Europe, Hans Vandewyngaerde, said "To have been selected by AMC after such a rigorous process is a true complement to Agfa HealthCare and its leading solutions," he added "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 organizations."

The University Hospital of Amsterdam is going to upgrade its current Agfa HealthCare PACS to IMPAX 6. The latter is the latest, web-deployable image, and information management solution. The solution is developed to offer help in streamlining enterprise workflow and improved efficiency and productivity to the facility. IMPAX Data Center offers large-scale storage for diagnostic images and medical results for hospital groups, regional healthcare organizations and national medical archives.

On the other hand, IMPAX RIS and IMPAX NIS solutions from Agfa healthcare allow users to manage, electronically, radiology and nuclear medicine specific operations, end-to-end, from patient registration through worklist generation and medical reporting to and transcription. Both solutions for Radiology and Nuclear Medicine departments are designed in order to enhance efficiency, workflow, improve productivity and aid in the delivery of high-quality information to hospital staff, patients and referring physicians. Nuclear Information System from Agfa healthcare has been implemented successfully at 11 sites in the Netherlands.

Christian Reinaudo, President of Agfa HealthCare, said "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," he added "We look forward to meeting our commitments to AMC and an excellent relationship with them, today and in the future".

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