Sectra and DIPS co-operate to provide IT systems for Norwegian hospitals

October 2008

Swedish digital radiology supplier Sectra Imtec AB (STO:SECTB) and DIPS ASA, the largest supplier of electronic patient-record (EPR) systems in Norway, have signed a co-operation agreement to integrate their systems for EPR, radiology information (RIS) and radiology images (PACS).

Both of the companies’ systems are currently installed in a large number of hospitals throughout Norway. Through the co-operation, Sectra and DIPS will offer these hospitals more efficient handling of patient information and radiology images. The long-term goal is fully integrated EPR and image functionality based on the customers’ user needs and integration and efficiency-enhancement potential.

“Increased coordination of healthcare IT systems is paramount in meeting tomorrow’s demands for increased productivity,” says Torbjörn Kronander, President of Sectra Imtec AB. “Initially, this cooperation will strengthen the offering to our joint customers in Norway, but it may also be expanded to other markets in which both companies are active.”

There is an increasing need to achieve increased efficiency in the healthcare sector. More patients, more information and a growing number of radiology images must be processed more rapidly at a lower cost – without the hospital compromising on the quality of care.

“This cooperation means that we will be able to better utilize the systems’ integration possibilities,” says Tor-Arne Viksjø, President of DIPS ASA. “As a result, we can further enhance the efficiency of the management of information and images at the hospitals. The cooperation supports our strategy of delivering user-friendly solutions that improve the efficiency of our customers’ operations.”

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