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Agfa HealthCare demonstrates solutions at the Center for Disease Control’s 5th annual Public Health Information Network event


Agfa HealthCare, a leading provider of IT-enabled clinical workflow and diagnostic imaging solutions, announces today that it has presented its standards-based solution for demonstrating healthcare information exchange using IMPAX™ Data Center at PHIN (Annual Public Health Information Network) 2007. The fifth PHIN conference was held in Atlanta, Georgia (USA) from August 27th to 29th, 2007. The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) invited Agfa HealthCare to participate in the event, following the HITSP/IHE (Healthcare Information Technology Standards Panel / Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise) demonstrations at the HIMSS 2007 IHE Interoperability Showcase.

State and local health department representatives - including public health managers, IT staff, public and private laboratories, hospitals and public health program staff - attended the event, and saw Agfa HealthCare/IHE interoperability demonstrations of XDS (Cross-enterprise Document Sharing) and XDS-I (Cross-enterprise Document Sharing for Imaging). XDS and XDS-I are IHE profiles that facilitate interoperability between diagnostic imaging applications interoperating with the EHR (Electronic Health Record).

At PHIN 2007, IMPAX Data Center was demonstrated to healthcare industry executives in the public and private sectors, to show how adherence to IHE and other standards in medicine are the foundation for ehealth solutions. IMPAX Data Center is Agfa HealthCare’s next-generation technology that brings PACS (Picture Archiving and Communications System) into the realm of multimedia clinical data centers that can support the Electronic Health Record.

“Today, communication between care givers is a cumbersome, inefficient process than can sometimes take weeks. It can be expensive, frustrating, and can lead to multiple re-examinations and denial by insurance companies,” said Lenny J. Reznik, Director of Enterprise Imaging and Information, Agfa HealthCare, Americas. “By using standards-based communication such as XDS and XDS-I, Agfa provides caregivers with better access to patient information putting them at the center of healthcare focus and addressing the continuity of care from the patient point of view. Now all caregivers - including specialty care facilities, imaging centers, hospitals and primary care givers - can share healthcare information seamlessly and securely.”


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