Agfa HealthCare enhances Enterprise Imaging Suite with launch of integrated ECM system at HIMSS15

Enterprise Content Management (ECM) system integrates with Agfa HealthCare’s Enterprise Imaging platform to enable care-centric document workflows throughout the health system; makes debut in North America at Lennox & Addington County General Hospital (LACGH).

Integrated ECM system is specifically developed for healthcare environments and existing hospital IT solutions, enabling the sharing of full medical images and documents with existing clinical systems to help enable a clinically rich ‘visual healthcare infographic’ of each patient – Enables care facilities like LACGH to digitally archive their paper-based documentation such as diagnoses, modality print-outs, microfilms and clinical and administrative records and organize them within the patient’s electronic record (EHR) for complete accessibility of content across the enterprise – Agfa HealthCare’s ECM system, already in use by more than 410 customers worldwide, is designed to support care facilities of all sizes in saving extensive amounts of physical archiving space, reducing retrieval times for information and, as a result, reduce cost significantly

(HIMSS 2015, Booth #1248) Agfa HealthCare announced the commercial launch of a new version of its Enterprise Content Management (ECM) system featuring improved workflow capabilities that facilitate the capture, archiving, access and sharing of any type of documents outside of the Imaging scope across the hospital enterprise. The solution will be on display at HIMSS 2015, April 13-15, 2015 in Chicago, IL.

Agfa HealthCare’s ECM system is a vendor neutral solution that allows care facilities of all sizes to digitally archive their paper-based and all kinds of electronic documentation such as diagnostic findings, modality print-outs, microfilms, invoices and other administrative records. The solution, specially developed for healthcare environments and fully compatible with existing hospital IT solutions, allows the care facility to realize multiple benefits including reduced physical archiving space, easy web-based information retrieval across the enterprise, and reduced risk of patient information being lost or destroyed. The latest software improvements made to the ECM system support Agfa HealthCare’s Enterprise Imaging continuity of care approach by enabling the sharing of full medical images and documents with existing clinical systems to help enable a clinically rich ‘visual healthcare infographic’ of each patient.

Recently, Agfa HealthCare completed its first Canadian installation of the technology at Lennox & Addington County General Hospital (LACGH). The installation is part of LACGH’s strategic initiative to become a paperless hospital by reducing and eventually eliminating physical archiving of documents, providing physicians throughout the enterprise with easier and faster access to a complete record of patient information. LACGH is a progressive hospital located in Napanee, Ontario that is currently operating active care, palliative care, and long-term care convalescent care, which focus on rehabilitation.

Colin Catt, Manager of Information Services, LACGH, commented, “After an evaluation of several products we chose Agfa HealthCare’s ECM system to lead our hospital’s efforts to become paperless primarily because of its ability to be fully integrated with the hospital’s existing IT solutions, including our Meditech EHR. Paper documents that physicians and hospital staff formerly had to travel to different departments of the hospital to retrieve will now be available in our web-based platform from anywhere inside or outside of the hospital. Being able to connect systems and modalities once considered ‘orphaned’ allowing us to capture, store, organize information and have it be accessible to clinicians – it’s very exciting. We expect this to result in significant time and cost savings and be especially useful to our ER department where fast, 24-hour access to a patient’s complete record is paramount to providing optimal care.”

“The installation of Agfa HealthCare’s new integrated ECM system at LACGH is an exciting next step as Agfa HealthCare seeks to expand on our commitment to providing enterprise-wide, care-centric solutions,” stated Lenny Reznik, Vice President, Marketing, Agfa HealthCare North America. “While providers throughout North America have embraced the electronic health record, there remain troves of paper-based patient information and all kinds of electronic documents that are essential to ongoing care, but are in jeopardy of becoming unusable due to inaccessibility via the EHR. Our ECM system offers a direct solution to this problem, and given its compatibility with widely used EHRs and IT technologies, we expect that it will serve to bring this final paper-based workflow in to a fully web-based future.”

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