Diagnostic imaging, information technology  

Agfa and Free University of Brussels in agreement to develop healthcare IT and imaging solutions

18 April 2007

Mortsel & Brussels, Belgium. Agfa HealthCare and the Universitair Ziekenhuis Brussel hospital, linked to the Vrije Universiteit Brussel university (Free University of Brussels) have signed a long-term research agreement to develop hospital IT and diagnostic imaging solutions.

The contract covers core projects designed to improve clinical IT workflow solutions, including patient scheduling, reporting, medical documentation, image management and advanced decision support, and to deliver next-generation clinical imaging applications.

The agreement is part of an extensive research program run by Agfa HealthCare across a number of academic institutions, as well as national and international healthcare initiatives. In support of the agreement, Agfa HealthCare and the Universitair Ziekenhuis Brussel hospital have set up a professorial chair to help advance research related to healthcare informatics and medical image processing.

“This level of co-operation is key to the future of healthcare, which requires collaboration between academic and industrial partners, bringing the best of both worlds together for the benefit of patients worldwide,” said Philippe Houssiau, President of Agfa HealthCare. “Our agreement with the Vrije Universiteit Brussel university will allow us to actively continue our pursuit of evidence based solutions and innovations to meet the ever growing needs of our customers in the near future”.

“The research programs which we have agreed to undertake today will help ensure that academics and industrial partners are continuously innovating, for the benefit of clinicians and their patients worldwide,“ states Professor Doctor Marc Noppen, Managing Director of the Universitair Ziekenhuis Brussel hospital, “Together with Agfa HealthCare we will strive for ever evolving and improving healthcare solutions, delivering next generation applications for tomorrow’s hospital environments.”

Recent research supported by Agfa Healthcare has revealed that European hospitals are increasingly investing in IT infrastructure to improve their overall efficiency, with over 42% of hospitals surveyed currently spending between 2 and 5% of their annual operating budget on IT solutions (1). This level of spending is expected to increase over the coming years, with 75% of all hospitals surveyed indicating that IT solutions are already a key strategic requirement for them in the short term.

1. 2007 Leader Health — HIMMS Analytics Health Care Leaders Report: The changing landscape of Healthcare IT Management and governance. Over 200 hospitals in 14 European countries were surveyed)

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