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Agfa HealthCare launches Management Consulting Services group


New Agfa HealthCare Consulting Services group will help European hospitals achieve business and healthcare objectives through strategic planning.

ECR / Vienna, Austria, March 3, 2006, Agfa HealthCare announces the launch of a new Consulting Services group, which will provide management consulting to healthcare business managers at hospitals across Europe.

Agfa HealthCare’s Consulting Services group will provide a range of consulting services including development of strategic direction, situation analyses, return on investment analyses, resource allocations advice, and workflow adaptations. The new group will be headed by Luc Maes, Program Manager for Agfa HealthCare Consulting, whose team of experienced, dedicated management consultants will work closely with hospital administrators.

“Medical quality and cost efficiency remain fundamental qualifiers for all healthcare institutions as they seek to provide enhanced patient care. The rapidly changing healthcare environment, through new governmental and demographic parameters, is making it increasingly difficult for institutions to identify the right targets and actions for their own business,” said Philippe Houssiau, President, Agfa HealthCare. “Through our experience and partnerships in the hospital environment, Agfa HealthCare has gained an in-depth knowledge of the business aspects that drive our customers’ operations. We want to share this expertise and provide sound business advice to our customers.”

Services provided by the Consulting Services group will include a Business Case service, which analyzes the strategic and financial effects of digitization projects on the whole organization (including HR, accounting, etc.) and helps create a financial plan (ROI, Net Present Value, Internal Rate of Return, etc.).

Business Intelligence is another service, where existing hospital databases are mined for validated management information, which the hospital can use to make more informed strategic decisions.

Agfa HealthCare’s business consultants use the DMAIC (Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve and Control) methodology. This industry-wide standard is a structured consultancy methodology that offers a set of tools for quantifiable and repeatable management improvement projects and analyses.


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