Agfa launches second phase of hospital digitization in central Tuscany
12 December 2006
Mortsel, Belgium. Agfa HealthCare has launched the
second phase of the Tuscan Medical Technology (TMT) hospital digitization
project, in which it will install its integrated radiology information
system (RIS) in the hospitals of the central Tuscany region.
The project is part of the larger IDIT project (Informatizzazione della
Diagnostica di Immagine in Toscana) , which is part of a contract of
partnership between Agfa HealthCare and Area Vasta Centro, the central
health region in Tuscany. The contract with Agfa HealthCare was signed in
the second half of January 2006. The first phase of the project, which
included the installation of Agfa’s CR solutions, has been for a large part
Signing the IDIT contract: at the front on the right is Dr
Ruggero Lietti (Agfa Italy General Manager) and in the middle is Dr Luciano
Fabbri (Head of Area Vasta Centro).
The central Tuscany region
comprises five hospital groups (twelve hospitals in total): the AO Careggi
University hospital group, the AO Meyer hospital group, the ASL 10 Firenze
hospital group, the ASL 4 Prato Hospital group and the ASL 3 Pistoia
The hospitals together total more than 1300 general practitioners and
some 180 paediatricians who perform more than 1,300,000 examinations per
For the TMT project, Agfa HealthCare formed a temporary consortium,
called the Raggruppamento Temporaneo d'Impresa (RTI), to satisfy the
requirements of the tender. The consortium aims to improve the delivery of
diagnostic imaging services in the region. By linking their radiology
departments, the hospitals of the area will be able to share data and
imaging across the different healthcare organizations, in this way improving
the quality of their service and the delivery of patient care.
project is one of the most important RIS/PACS projects in Europe, with a
total tender value of €45 million.
During the first phase of the project, which commenced in March 2006, Agfa
HealthCare installed twenty CR digitizers, more than forty NX workstations,
two QS Mammo Servers and some twenty-five Drystar printers. In only nine
months, more than half of the imaging activities in Tuscany's Area Vasta
Centro region were migrated to a fully digital environment and can be
integrated in the planned RIS/PACS environment.
The next phase of the
project, in which Agfa HealthCare will install its web-based RIS solution in
the twelve hospitals of the region, is now starting. The RIS system, when
implemented and fully integrated to the hospitals' PACS system, will greatly
enhance patient and exam workflow and permit authorized users to access
information available anywhere and at any time.
"With an annual average of
over one million examinations, it is vital for the medical staff in the Area
Vasta Centro region to go digital. It will allow them to increase the
operational efficiency substantially. In addition, the installation of
Agfa's RIS will result in a considerable cost reduction for the Radiology
departments," said Riccardo Ferraris, Sales Manager Agfa HealthCare Italy.
"With this project Agfa HealthCare is recognized for the width of its
portfolio," Giovanni Chiodini, Manager IT Division Agfa HealthCare Italy,
added. "We are able to deliver the tools for the CR part of the project, as
well as the RIS solution and can seamlessly connect these solutions to those
of other vendors. Agfa also proves its pioneering role, in terms of its
experience and long-term presence in the Italian market."
In the final
phase of the project, which is currently planned for July 2008, all twelve
hospitals of the Area Vasta Centro region will be linked. This will allow
for the entire radiology workflow to be streamlined and improved. As a
result, the clinicians in the region will get better information in a faster
timeframe, allowing for better patient care.