Agfa HealthCare debuts powerful portfolio of integrated solutions at ASE 2007
Agfa HealthCare, a leading provider of IT-enabled clinical workflow solutions, diagnostic imaging solutions and Cardiovascular Image and Information Management Solutions (CVIS), announces today that it will debut its completely integrated CVIS-radiology Picture Archiving and Communications System (PACS) solution at the 18th Annual American Society of Echocardiography (ASE) Scientific Sessions. This PACS solution is highlighted by full-featured echocardiography image and reporting capabilities, a result of the combined technologies of Agfa HealthCare and Heartlab Inc.
Agfa HealthCare acquired Heartlab in 2005, following two years of strategic collaboration. Effectively combining their complementary technologies has resulted in the creation of its most powerful portfolio of integrated solutions for cardiology diagnosis workflow. Agfa HealthCare’s CVIS is ideal for multimodality cardiology environments. It includes cardiac catheterization, echocardiography, non-invasive vascular, nuclear cardiology, and ECG (electrocardiogram) data management to create a single integrated cardiovascular information solution. The product suite provides fast, robust, and secure access to important cardiology information. Built to satisfy the most demanding clinical workflow, the CVIS delivers innovative features, including multimodality cardiovascular image review, tightly integrated structured results management, and vendor-neutral ECG management.
“Healthcare providers are seeking ways to improve patient care by improving workflow efficiencies,” said Lisa Braunreuther, Executive Director Cardiovascular Solutions Americas, Agfa HealthCare. “This powerful combination of patient-centric focus and IT know-how provides tangible benefits for users and patients. Agfa HealthCare’s integrated approach extends information across departments to improve the delivery of patient care.”
One such healthcare provider is Genesis Health System, one of the nation’s top 100 health systems. A primary goal for the Cath Lab at Genesis was to establish a more streamlined process for the archiving and retrieval system. The goal has been met thanks to the Agfa HealthCare CVIS solution, by reducing the amount of time involved in processing, archiving and retrieving procedures, which in turn is cost-effective. The exams are now readily available for viewing by staff and physicians from any of their work sites.
“Making the switch to an all-digital environment with Agfa HealthCare was a blessing,” said Karen E. Butler RT(R), PACS Administrator, Genesis Medical Center-East Campus. “Now, thanks to our ability to access cardiovascular images and reports from anywhere, our department is able to operate more efficiently, which means patients don’t have to wait as long. It is also much easier to show patients and their families their actual procedure, either on the nursing unit or even in the cardiologist’s office. The more our patients understand and are involved in their own healthcare, the more likely they are to be proactive in caring for their heart.”
“Our physicians can look at studies for both cardiology and radiology from a single review station or their remote location. It is all integrated into one system,” said Diane Young, Supervisor of Implementations, IT Department, Genesis Medical Center. “Physicians have the information they need at their fingertips to help them make a comprehensive, accurate diagnosis.”
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