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Leading Australian Cardiac Center Selects Agfa Heartlab Cardiovascular Solution


The Prince Charles Hospital of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia chooses Agfa for cardiology image and information management

Mortsel, Belgium, August 7, 2006, Agfa HealthCare announces today that The Prince Charles Hospital in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, has selected the Agfa Heartlab Cardiovascular solution for cardiology image and information management. When the Agfa Heartlab Cardiovascular system is fully implemented it will manage images and information from the hospital’s three cardiac catheterization labs. A vendor-neutral solution, it integrates with the hospital’s existing modality equipment, PACS (Picture Archiving and Communications System) and hospital information systems, and hemodynamic monitoring system. The integrated solution provides cardiologists with a single point of access to all cardiology patient data, helping to increase efficiency and to facilitate diagnostic decision-making.

The Prince Charles Hospital is a 580-bed multi-speciality facility providing health services to a population of more than 600,000 in the northern suburbs of Brisbane. The hospital is a major cardiac center in Australia, offering complex cardiac care to adult and paediatric patients. It is the largest cardio-thoracic referral hospital in Australia and a world leader in cardiothoracic research and treatment. More than 4,000 procedures are performed annually, including invasive and non-invasive cardiac catheterizations, percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty (PTCA), and electrophysiology.

The hospital is part of Queensland Health, a cluster of nine tertiary-care facilities for the state of Queensland. Queensland Health has Agfa’s IMPAX PACS installed in six of its tertiary care hospitals and several of its secondary care hospitals. Agfa’s Radiology Information System (RIS) solution is being installed at multiple hospitals in the Queensland Health cluster. Based on this successful collaboration, Agfa has a strong relationship with Queensland Health, and was able to provide a cost-effective cardiology solution that demonstrated a comprehensive understanding of the hospital’s workflow needs.

“The Prince Charles Hospital is a major luminary cardiac institute in Australia. Entering into this partnership confirms the leading edge technology value of our cardiology solutions,” said Dr. Paul Gooden, General Manager of Agfa HealthCare’s Southern Asia Pacific region.

Reid Losee, Global Cardiovascular Business Director for Agfa, noted that “Prince Charles joins the growing list of world-class facilities that choose the Agfa Heartlab Cardiovascular solution to improve patient care. We have recently signed contracts with facilities in Taiwan and Malaysia adding to our large installed base in Asia Pacific. Agfa’s cardiology solution is also installed in more than 125 sites in Japan under the private label brand names Cardio Agent and Echo Agent.”


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