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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."

"This 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.


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