May 2007

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Belgium hospital gears up to deploy Agfa's solution

Agfa HealthCare, a leading provider of IT enabled clinical workflow and diagnostic imaging solutions, has announced that the Heilig Hartziekenhuis Mol hospital in Belgium has awarded it a significant contract to unify its medical workflow through the company's ORBIS solution. ORBIS is Agfa HealthCare's integrated hospital and clinical information system, specifically to manage the entire patient-centric information flow through all hospital departments. The implementation of ORBIS is expected to start in April 2007.

Explains ICT Manager Benny Peeters, “Teaming up with a provider of solutions that we know to be of high quality will help us to position our hospital at the forefront of modern medicine in our region. We were the first hospital in the region to implement PACS, and now ORBIS will help us to strengthen our pioneering approach. We are proud to be among the first hospitals to implement the ORBIS platform, adapted to the specific healthcare needs in our country”.

Agfa HealthCare's ORBIS solution will provide the Heilig Hartziekenhuis Mol hospital a comprehensive view of clinical information processes, including medical and nursing records, scheduling, order management, results reporting and medication workflow. The hospital has worked with Agfa HealthCare for almost 4 years, successfully using its Picture Archiving and Communications System / Radiology Information System (PACS/RIS) solution.

The Heilig Hartziekenhuis Mol hospital's nine-month decision process involved information scouting, several medical workgroup meetings, and an elaborate request for proposals, as well as a field visit to the Troisdorf hospital near Bonn, Germany and interviews with users.

Says Benny Peeters, Heilig Hartziekenhuis Mol's ICT Manager, “With ORBIS, we will be able to address the needs of our entire healthcare enterprise. We have chosen ORBIS because it offers us a complete hospital-wide solution, which allows us to integrate advanced functionalities more easily. Agfa HealthCare's vendor neutral solution was the ideal choice for us as it allows us to integrate our existing solutions with ORBIS.''

Informs Hans Vandewyngaerde, Cluster Manager, Benelux & France: “Supporting our customers over a longer period, by helping them enhance and improve their overall solutions offering, is a key priority for Agfa HealthCare. We have always treasured our positive relationship with Heilig Hartziekenhuis Mol and we look forward to further enhancing and evolving our leading solutions with them, for the benefit of the hospital and its patients.”

Heilig Hartziekenhuis Mol provides a comprehensive range of health services to the eastern 'Kempen' region of Belgium's Antwerp province. The hospital has positioned itself as a modern healthcare provider, applying significant resources to staff education and advanced infrastructure. Its 500 staff members and 60 doctors manage approximately 18,000 hospital stays per year.  

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