New contract delivers a complete technical refresh delivering 30% cost saving per annum whilst making over 10 years’ image data available to users in less than 2 seconds.
- A smooth and efficient full technical refresh replacing reporting stations and backend architecture;
- Clinical Applications within the new PET CT facility for fusion and registration analysis.
Agfa HealthCare (AgfaHealthcare.com) announces today that it has signed a four year contract extension with Cardiff and Vale University Health Board (UHB). The extension runs until 2015 and includes a complete refresh of all equipment including backend architecture. In addition, UHB will also upgrade its picture archiving and communication system (PACS) to Agfa HealthCare's IMPAX 6.4.
Cardiff and Vale University Health Board (UHB) is one of the largest NHS organisations in Wales providing health services to a population of more than 465,000 people living in Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan. UHB also serves a wider population across South and Mid Wales for a range of specialties and centres of excellence.
An Agfa HealthCare customer since 2000, UHB performs over 500,000 radiology examinations per year across nine hospitals creating 29 terabytes of gross data and 44 million images annually.
Andy Thomas, Radiology Services Manager/Clinical Director, Radiology, comments: "The current PACS contract was due for renewal. We wanted to continue to benefit from the investment that we have placed in our PACS solution over the last 11 years, rather than take the risk of a replacement. With over 3,000 users across UHB, staff have been using the IMPAX solution for many years and are able to maximize the benefits of the system both in productivity and quality."
Smooth and efficient technical upgrade
He adds: "Importantly, the smooth implementation of the technology refresh has already enabled further quality and efficiency benefits without major disruption. For example, we now have over ten years worth of image data available to our users online in less than two seconds and have a reduced server real estate, saving us 30% per annum."
A true partnership approach
Grant Witheridge, General Manager of Agfa HealthCare UK, comments: "We are delighted that Cardiff and Vale University Health Board have chosen to remain with Agfa HealthCare against a competitive market including national radiology initiatives across Wales. This is testimony to the long standing relationship we have with UHB, working in partnership to deliver their radiology vision. The contract extension and technology refresh continues to provide benefits and allows UHB to deliver the highest quality imaging services, whilst increasing performance and reducing costs."
Radiology real-estate for the future
Cardiff and Vale University Health Board uses IMPAX 6.4 Picture Archiving and Communications System (PACS) alongside the RADIS Radiology Information Systems (RIS) and Phillips/G2 digital dictation with contextual integration at the desktop. Over 100 modalities are connected, with 56 new reporting stations, 25 dedicated touch screen theatre units and 30 high-end clinical review units. There is also connection to their EPR portal and the Burnbank Systems' Image Exchange Portal as well as direct 'Peer to Peer' connections as part of the South Wales Referral Centre.
UHB is now using the IMPAX Clinical Applications within the new PET CT facility for fusion and registration analysis. MIP/MPR is also available to all users and the Agfa HealthCare advanced 3D clinical application can be used throughout the enterprise.
The complete refresh not only replaced the reporting stations with Barco Coronis Fusion 6MP monitors and HP base stations but also the backend architecture with a high availability installation. All the backend Wintel services are also virtualized which gives increased levels of high availability whilst reducing server real estate. The refresh went live in November 2011 with completion due in March 2012.
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