Agfa HealthCare highlights extended portfolio, European presence

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At the 2006 European Congress of Radiology Meeting & Exhibition last week in Vienna, Austria, Agfa HealthCare presented its extended portfolio of healthcare information systems and claimed the position of No. 1 electronic medical record (EMR) provider in Europe, and said it’s not doing badly in PACS either.

To this end, Agfa talked about its IMPAX 6.0 – launched toward the end of last year – an imaging and information system that features configurable design and adaptive client technology (also called smart client technology). It meets users’ needs by delivering the required information both inside and outside the hospital, any time and in a way that workflow and application are adjusted to the needs of the facility, the company said.

IMPAX 6.0 can be used as a stand-alone system or as a fully integrated enterprise solution, including RIS and speech. Combined with the Agfa IPlan web-based scheduling module, this enterprise solution allows healthcare facilities to optimize clinical and IT efficiencies, using a single workflow-based system to service users in and outside the walls of a facility, providing consolidated management of patient image and information data.

The company also showed its DX-S computed radiography (CR) digitizer which has been designed to bring a full range of imaging exams directly to the point of care in general radiography, pediatric and emergency environments. It fills the gap in the current range of digital radiography (DR) solutions, according to the company, by providing a high level of image quality, speed and flexibility to the CR market.

Agfa also introduced the NX operator workstation and advanced MUSICA image processing tool. These provide an easy-to-install and low-threshold intuitive workflow system for faster and easier diagnoses. Image quality and high throughput are safeguarded even in environments where hardcopy images are a key diagnostic tool, through the use of A#Sharp image quality software on the company’s high-productivity imagers, Agfa said.

Demonstrated as a work-in-progress at ECR, new clinical application tools, such as MIP, MPR, Volume 3D, colonoscopy, and nuclear medicine diagnostic viewing, have been designed to add to the capabilities of the IMPAX diagnostic workstation.

Agfa also provided details at the show regarding its new Management Consulting Services group, which will provide a range of management consulting services including development of strategic direction, situation analyses, return on investment analyses, resource allocations advice, and workflow adaptations. Other support services include the 24x7 remote Solutions Monitoring and Management Service (SMMS), which allows Agfa HealthCare to remotely monitor its installations.