Agfa wins PACS contract from private UK group Classic Hospitals
11 December 2006
Classic Hospitals, a group of ten private hospitals
headquartered in Reading, UK, has signed a £1.5m agreement with Agfa
HealthCare to install Agfa IMPAX 6.2 picture archiving and communications
systems (PACS) and CR 35-X computed radiography solutions in each hospital.
The installation will begin in December 2006, with all ten hospitals
expected to be complete by March 2007.
Classic Hospitals is the UK's fifth largest group of private hospitals
and was formed in 2005 when Legal & General Ventures bought nine hospitals
from BUPA Hospitals for £85m. Each of Classic Hospital's ten facilities is
multi-modality, including orthopaedics, gynaecology and breast imaging.
"Three important considerations in choosing Agfa HealthCare solutions were
their state-of-the-art web-based solutions, the value for the money, and the
benefit of connectivity with the National Health Service (NHS)," said David
Gray, COO, Classic Hospitals. "It will soon be mandated that the private
sector and the public sector be able to transfer images electronically. This
arrangement will ensure that we can service public patients."
partnership further endorses Agfa HealthCare's commitment to the private
sector in the UK, building upon the deployment of PACS in the UK under the
'Connecting for Health' NHS IT programme," said Adrian Stevens, HealthCare
director, Agfa HealthCare, Northern Europe.