Agfa HealthCare and Ipswich Hospital Sign New Contract for Transition to Enterprise Imaging for Radiology

Agfa HealthCareAgfa HealthCare announces has signed a new agreement with The Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust to transition to the integrated Enterprise Imaging for Radiology platform, helping the Trust achieve its clinical and integration goals.

Ipswich Hospital is a district general hospital in Suffolk, England, providing a wide range of services to the population of East Suffolk. With around 800 beds, it serves a catchment area of approximately 360,000 people.

Integrated care and 'anywhere, anytime' images
The Enterprise Imaging for Radiology platform offers a unified imaging ecosystem, with fast software, intuitive use, dedicated clinical tools and a powerful workflow engine. The solution will integrate with Ipswich Hospital's existing, third-party electronic patient record (EPR) and document management systems.

In the new imaging management-driven workflow, reports can be generated using voice recognition at the radiologist's desktop, where the embedded applications are available. Business Intelligence tools will support the hospital to optimize existing data. Other benefits include more efficient workflow and ways of working, sharing of imaging data in multidisciplinary team meetings and on mobile devices via the XERO zero-footprint universal image viewer, and enhanced collaboration through 'chat & share' tools. The solution will thus help the hospital achieve its goals to improve efficiency, productivity and patient outcomes.

Regional and local collaboration including home reporting
Agfa's Enterprise Imaging aims to support the Trust with a highly functional Home Reporting solution. This allows users to gain access to the full 'Tool Set' over low bandwidth network connections and provides a truly flexible service for increased reporting capacity, speed of diagnosis and ultimately patient outcomes. The XERO viewer will also promote regional and local collaboration between clinicians, patients and other healthcare providers.

Enhanced performance and financial objectives
Agfa HealthCare's Managed Services offers a range of proven and trusted solutions that help healthcare facilities of any size improve performance and financial objectives. Under the agreement with Ipswich Hospital, Agfa HealthCare will provide all the required hardware, storage, software, technical and professional services to deliver a successful project.

"Ipswich has a forward thinking IT strategy that delivers solutions that benefit patient care now and in the future. I am delighted that the hospital acknowledges the benefits our Enterprise Imaging platform can bring as part of this strategy, integrating imaging data into other hospital information systems deliving 'Care You Can See', comments Grant Witheridge, Managing Director UK & Ireland, Agfa HealthCare.

"We wanted a solution that would allow us to seamlessly migrate our data from IMPAX with as little risk as possible," says Sara Clark, Senior Implementation Specialist, The Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust. "Integration is a benefit to the Trust, but Agfa HealthCare's proven track record working with the Trust for the last nine years played a big part in our decision. We have built relationships with Agfa HealthCare and are familiar with their solutions."

About Agfa
The Agfa-Gevaert Group is one of the world's leading companies in imaging and information technology. Agfa develops manufactures and markets analogue and digital systems for the printing industry (Agfa Graphics), for the healthcare sector (Agfa HealthCare), and for specific industrial applications (Agfa Materials). Agfa is headquartered in Mortsel, Belgium. The company is present in 40 countries and has agents in another 100 countries around the globe.

About Agfa HealthCare
Agfa HealthCare, present in one hospital out of two, is a leading provider of eHealth & Digital Imaging solutions. Care organizations in over 100 countries rely on Agfa HealthCare to optimize their efficiency and improve patient care.

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