Agfa, Teranet team for image storage in Canada

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Agfa HealthCare and Teranet, a Toronto-based provider of integrated land-based information products and services, have partnered to provide and host a new diagnostic imaging data center and virtual private network (VPN) service for 33 hospital sites across Ontario.

Agfa said it will implement the Diagnostic Imaging Data Center, which will centrally store the patient information in Teranet's secure data center.   

The Hospital Diagnostic Imaging Repository Services (HDIRS) PACS project is a joint initiative involving 23 hospital corporations that want to share diagnostic images and reports, as part of the Canadian Health Infoway initiative to accelerate the implementation of reliable and secure health information systems, Teranet said.

In addition, the project will provide disaster recovery, business continuity services and network management to improve hospital services and the delivery of patient care, according to Agfa.

“The Ontario-based HDIRS project is a massive leap forward toward achieving Canada's EPR goals, and will help healthcare organizations improve the delivery of patient care while improving the security of medical records,” according to Michael Green, regional manager IT business division, Agfa.