Agfa installs cardiology suite at Belgian Hospital
16 October 2007
Agfa HealthCare has completed the installation of its
Impax Cardiovascular Suite at the AZ Imelda hospital in Bonheiden, Belgium.
The enterprise-wide, cardiology information management system and reporting
solution allows physicians to view both cardiology and radiology images and
reports, enhancing diagnostic confidence.
Patient information on two
cardiology image management servers is fully integrated with the hospital's
main archive, IMPAX PACS.
"We were looking for an integrated,
hospital-wide solution that would independently connect with any modality or
enterprise information system, providing us an integrated view of patient
data from a single point of access," says Eric Verschueren, Head of the
Medical Equipment Department of the AZ Imelda hospital. "Agfa HealthCare was
the only independent software provider that could fulfil these criteria," he
Dr Luc Janssens, Head of the Cardiology Department of the AZ
Imelda hospital, said "We are very enthusiastic about this solution. The
integration of imaging and reporting streamlines the departmental and
hospital workflows by consolidating information from cardiology
subspecialties and the radiology department.
"Physicians have access to
all necessary information at the patient's bedside, which facilitates more
informed physician decision-making vis-à-vis therapy and diagnosis. This
greatly enhances the service towards the patients."
Suite encompasses multiple modalities, including cardiac angiography,
cardiac ultrasound, non-invasive vascular ultrasound and cardiac nuclear
medicine, as well as non-image data such as measurements and other
text-based information, simplifying access to images and reports.
"This improves interaction between the employees of the hospital, as they
can now more easily discuss patient data, not only internally but also
'extra muros'. General practitioners and physicians in external hospitals,
for example, can also use the system via a single point of access to
cardiology and radiology images and reports, which is certainly a plus,"
said Dr Janssens.
"Furthermore, the integrated IMPAX Cardiovascular
solution is a valuable asset for teaching. The system allows for the
comparison of medical information and allows us to teach people how to make
reports and point out problems, limitations and medical examination
possibilities and options," he concluded.
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