Finnish healthcare network chooses Agfa radiology and PACS system

Mortsel, Belgium. Finnish healthcare IT company Medi-IT Oy has chosen a RIS/PACS (radiology information system/picture archiving and communication system) solution from Agfa HealthCare Business Group  for the KAAPO project in South Eastern Finland. The KAAPO (South-Karelia hospital district and Kymenlaakso hospital district area) project  aims to create an integrated regional healthcare network to serve the 300,000 inhabitants of two districts. This is the first time that a RIS/PACS solution will be shared between district hospitals in Finland.

Under the agreement, the Agfa HealthCare Business Group will deliver a single RIS/PACS solution. Agfa will install its QPlanner and QDoc RIS modules and its IMPAX ES and WEB1000 solutions. The project currently involves hospitals and healthcare centres in 14 municipalities, with the total number of annual radiology examinations amounting to 210,000.

Medi-IT Oy is a Finnish healthcare IT company dedicated to providing IT and EPR (electronic patient record) services to the social and healthcare sectors in Finland. It is owned by the Kymenlaakso and South Karelia hospitals and is responsible for network security and services at the Kymenlaakso and South Karelia hospital districts.

The KAAPO project will provide local referring doctors with all radiological information (including images) on their patients, once the consent of the patient has been obtained. A regional radiology operational model has been developed, combining a single RIS and PACS approach with a regional archiving concept. The main goal of the project is to introduce the same healthcare information and EPR system to nine healthcare centres, two hospital districts and one occupational healthcare centre across South Eastern Finland.

The KAAPO works closely together with the HUS (the hospital district of Helsinki and Uusimaa in southern Finland) university hospital region; the decision to partner with Agfa on the KAAPO project is an extension of Agfa's current role in the HUSpacs project, one of Europe's largest PACS projects.

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