News | June 08, 2012

Agfa HealthCare and Dell Form Strategic Alliance

June 8, 2012 — Agfa HealthCare announced that it has selected Dell, of Round Rock, Texas, to host its cloud clinical archive portfolio, including the Imaging Clinical Information System (ICIS) platform. By extending its existing managed-services platform with the new availability of ICIS in the cloud, Agfa HealthCare is providing its U.S. customers simplified image archiving, management and viewing that supports healthcare facilities’ needs to image-enable the EMR. With this cost-effective, innovative cloud solution, Agfa HealthCare addresses the need for a comprehensive patient record. Because Agfa HealthCare provides comprehensive service and support, organizations can now focus their expertise more fully on diagnosis, treatment and care delivery.

Storage, Access, Viewing and Beyond

By delivering a cloud-based solution for the core components of ICIS –IMPAX Data Center and the XERO Technology Viewer – Agfa HealthCare is able to provide “anytime, anywhere” access to and fast viewing of securely-stored patient medical images. The solution enables quick desktop streaming to deliver the comprehensive imaging services platform today’s busy providers demand. Though previously available for installations in private clouds at customer data centers, the availability of ICIS as a totally managed service in the cloud expands the clinical information system options available to healthcare providers.

In addition to ICIS, Agfa HealthCare will also offer its U.S. customers the Dell Cloud Clinical Archive, providing offsite expansion for quick access to archived data in the event of a natural disaster or system downtime.  Agfa HealthCare’s U.S. customers will also be offered the Dell Cloud Clinical Recovery, designed to provide business continuity and disaster recovery for organizations with an existing onsite archive. Dell manages one of the world’s largest cloud-based clinical archives, with more than 72 million clinical studies, 5 billion diagnostic imaging objects and supports more than 800 clinical sites.

By taking ownership of the day-to-day management of expanding, complex IT systems — a major challenge for imaging departments and facilities — Agfa HealthCare’s cloud portfolio supports significant financial benefits, including high return-on-investment and expense predictability. The offerings allow organizations to focus IT resources on technology development, strategic services and patient care support—leaving the “heavy lifting” to Agfa HealthCare’s Cloud and Managed Services.

Experience Meets Innovation

“By leveraging the ability of Agfa HealthCare to host our innovative ICIS, Imaging Clinical Information System, securely in the cloud,” said Michael Green, Agfa HealthCare's President and CEO of Americas Region, "healthcare organizations can now better meet their requirements to provide an enterprise-wide imaging platform and longitudinal medical imaging record access.  We strategically selected Dell in this initiative so that our customers can count on the excellent experience and success that Dell brings in operating technology services for numerous and diverse healthcare delivery systems.

For more information: www.agfahealthcare.com

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