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Agfa HealthCare to display IMPAX™ Data Center at RSNA 2008


Leading vendor neutral image infrastructure solution consolidates data from disparate systems into a single point of storage

(RSNA Booth #4800) Agfa HealthCare, a leading provider of IT-enabled clinical workflow and diagnostic imaging solutions, announces today that it will be showcasing its leading enterprise imaging infrastructure solution, IMPAX™ Data Center, at RSNA 2008.

Agfa HealthCare’s IMPAX™ Data Center provides large-scale multimedia storage for all types of medical images and diagnostic results for hospital groups, regional healthcare organizations and national medical archives. The solution consolidates the data from disparate systems into a single point of storage to serve the needs of the enterprise. IMPAX Data Center is a highly scalable and fault tolerant DICOM archive system designed to store clinical DICOM data objects, including DICOM encapsulated non-imaging objects such as waveforms, structured reports and PDFs.

A key benefit of the solution is that care providers are able to easily access various datasources within the hospital or regional enterprise through one mechanism served by the IMPAX Data Center. The solution delivers clear patient management benefits as exams and results will be available at every location in the Hospital Enterprise, consequently, enhancing patient care. The system is designed to meet the needs of new technologies such as multi-slice CT and allows for the extension of PACS into other image-intensive clinical departments, including cardiology and orthopaedics.

In Canada, the solution has recently been implemented to support the imaging needs of a joint initiative of 23 hospital corporations, allowing them to share diagnostic images and reports across 33 Ontario hospital sites. Ochsner Health System in Southeast Louisiana (USA) has implemented the Data Center to consolidate data from disparate multi-vendor PACS and clinical systems from its six hospitals and 16 health centers onto a single point of storage.

Due to its adherence to open standards, the IMPAX Data Center can be part of any existing or new Agfa HealthCare PACS, or exist in legacy or multi-vendor environments, further increasing data sharing and disaster recovery.

“What we will be presenting at RSNA is a proven technology that meets the most demanding expectations in modern diagnostic image management; that is, to efficiently adminster and share clinical imaging information of thousands of users and millions of patients. IMPAX Data Center is designed to accomplish this, not only across multi-site hospital environments, but across entire regions”, states Volker Wetekam, Vice President of Agfa HealthCare’s IT Division. “Agfa HealthCare is committed to vendor-neutral, open standards solutions. Our leadership and experience in enterprise-wide interoperability is what makes the IMPAX Data Center the solution of choice for our customers”.


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