Agfa HealthCare: Enterprise Imaging Crosses the Tipping Point Around the Globe

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New movie showcases real-life benefits of an enterprise-wide approach

MORTSEL, Belgium, October 11, 2017 /PRNewswire/ --

Health Imaging reaches the tipping point: more and more hospitals

around the world are adopting an enterprise imaging approach:

  • Recent study by Logicalis Healthcare Solutions lays out how Enterprise Imaging can support the clinician's success within a value-based care model.
  • Real-life testimonial shows Enterprise Imaging from a patient point of view.
  • HIMSS Europe study focusses on the ROI of Enterprise Imaging in large acute care hospitals
  • Frost & Sullivan white paper, "Health Imaging - Vision for 2027" describes the evolution from "information islands to a patient-first ecosystem".

(RSNA 2017, Booth #3300, South Hall A) The new Agfa HealthCare movie "Enterprise Imaging crosses the tipping point" takes viewers on a journey around the world to visit hospitals that have adopted Enterprise Imaging. Through real customer cases and third-party studies it demonstrates the impact of moving from departmental image management systems to enterprise-wide solutions.

According to Malcolm Gladwell, the tipping point is that moment of critical mass, when an idea or trend crosses a threshold and suddenly spreads like wildfire. Agfa HealthCare's movie shows how the healthcare industry is now reaching one such tipping point, with more and more hospitals around the world adopting an enterprise imaging approach.

Enterprise Imaging and value-based care 

An interview with Principal Consultant Kim Garriott, from Logicalis Healthcare Solutions, highlights the role Enterprise Imaging can play in helping healthcare enterprises achieve value-based care. Kim discusses the misconception that Enterprise Imaging is only about moving the storage of patient images from the picture archiving and communication system (PACS) to the vendor neutral archive (VNA). She also provides insight into the problems within the radiology workflow approach, and how the need for consistency, shareability and regulatory compliance is influencing the management of images from "non-imaging" disciplines.

Borderless healthcare 

Among the real-life stories covered is that of cancer patient Patrick McArdle, from County Donegal in the Republic of Ireland, whose treatment experience was completely changed by an innovative, cross-border agreement between the Saolta University Health Care Group in the Republic of Ireland and Altnagelvin Hospital, in Northern Ireland (UK). The program, supported by Agfa HealthCare's Integrated Care Suite, enables patients like Patrick to receive radiotherapy and follow-up at a facility that is much closer to home, even though it is across the border.

Financial savings in many areas 

The financial ramifications of a major IT investment such as Enterprise Imaging are significant.  HIMSS Europe has published a study with qualitative and quantitative assesments based on the real experiences of large acute care hospitals. The study reveals how many hospitals have been able to improve their delivery of quality care while realizing financial savings in many areas, making a real difference for their patients and staff.

Market trends and evolution 

The film includes an interview with Nadim Daher, who authored Frost & Sullivan's white paper, "Health Imaging - Vision for 2027". The report lays out how management, distribution, access and integration of imaging data will evolve from "information islands to an interoperable ecosystem", and from a silo approach to an integrated platform. In the interview, Nadim dives into the market trends and evolution of imaging, addressing cloud solutions, financial aspects, and artificial intelligence/deep learning.

You can view the movie "Enterprise Imaging crosses the tipping point" at RSNA 2017, 26 November - 1 December, Chicago, IL, USA, South Hall A, Booth #3300 or download it here.

For an image, courtecy of Agfa HealthCare, click here.

About Agfa HealthCare  

Agfa HealthCare, present in one hospital out of two, is a leading provider of eHealth & Digital Imaging solutions. Care organizations in over 100 countries rely on Agfa HealthCare to optimize their efficiency and improve patient care.

Contact: Marc De Fré Global Marcom Director, Agfa HealthCare T: +32(0)3-444-73-19

SOURCE Agfa HealthCare

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