Agfa selected to supply digital radiology solutions for English NHS IT
16 September 2005
Mortsel, Belgium. Agfa-Gevaert has been selected by Accenture to provide
digital radiology imaging management solutions to the North East and East
clusters of England's National Programme for IT (NPfIT). The imaging
services Agfa will provide include picture archiving and communication
system (PACS) and computed radiography (CR).
Accenture is the local service provider contracted to provide all the
computerised systems specified in NPfIT for the North East and East regions
NPfIT is being delivered by the National Health Service agency Connecting
for Health (CfH) and is considered to be the world's largest
government-sponsored rollout of healthcare IT solutions. The North East and
East clusters encompass 30 hospital trusts made up of 75 hospitals that
conduct approximately 10 million radiology exams per year.
The NPfIT PACS program will integrate radiology services across England,
ultimately allowing radiology images to be stored, transmitted and viewed
"With Accenture, we are poised to provide our customers with a strong
blend of imaging & systems integration capability. We look forward to making
a significant contribution to the Connecting for Health program and
healthcare delivery in the UK," says Philippe Houssiau, President of Agfa's
HealthCare business group. "The successful closure of the contract confirms
Agfa as the leading supplier of PACS solutions in Europe."
"This is an excellent example of how technology is helping to improve
patient care by ensuring clinicians across the country have quick and easy
access to patient x-rays and other digital scans," said Ken Lacey,
Accenture's Health and Life Sciences Global Managing Partner.
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