Technology | January 18, 2013

Full Business Intelligence platform combines RIS and PACS clinical data to support decision-making

IMPAX Business Intelligence

January 18, 2013 — Agfa HealthCare previewed version 2 of its Impax Business Intelligence solution to the U.S. market at the 98th annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) in November 2012. Built on Agfa HealthCare’s Impax advanced, integrated RIS/PACS (radiology information system/picture archiving and communication system) workflow system, the solution allows healthcare managers and care providers to use existing data to increase transparency, improve the patient experience, identify cost-saving opportunities, and more. Impax Business Intelligence v2 includes enhancements to Impax Business Intelligence v1 that improve accessibility and optimize usage. The solution is already being used at Imelda Hospital in Bonheiden, Belgium.

Usable business intelligence supports better decision making
Part of Agfa HealthCare's advanced RIS and PACS offering, Impax Business Intelligence allows hospitals and healthcare facilities to intelligently combine clinical and quality data with financial and administrative data, to generate usable business intelligence. It delivers reports and dashboards intended for managers of imaging departments. With this business intelligence, they can make their operations more transparent, enrich the patient experience, improve the decision-making process, identify trends and potential cost savings, and improve data quality and integrity.

“Impax Business Intelligence is a strong solution that is well worth the effort it requires from the hospital,” said Dirk Perdieus, M.D., radiologist and head of the medical imaging department at Imelda Hospital. “It supports the department in decision making, helps us work more efficiently, and has clear value for the long and short terms. For example, we intensively use a dashboard that shows all of the patients in the radiology department with color codes according to their waiting times. This allows us to react to decrease patient waiting times.”

Greater accessibility and more tools
Accessible from anywhere via a standard Web browser, the Impax Business Intelligence solution offers a single point of access to both live and historical data analysis. A live dashboard monitors and provides alerts to the patient’s workflow in real time. With 90 standard reports already available upon implementation, it also includes an easy-to-use custom report building option. The drill-down capacity and ad-hoc structured queries to mine clinical data support the optimized use of existing data. The new version also adds 7 new languages to the solution: Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, Finnish, Norwegian, Swedish, Danish and Dutch.

State-of-the-art technology and standards
“Agfa HealthCare’s Impax Business Intelligence solution is designed to deliver the insight managers need for truly informed decision making. By adding new functionalities, we continue to demonstrate the attention we pay to our customers’ evolving needs and input, in order to promote their success as a healthcare organization,” sa Alexandre Salvador, global business and solution manager, business intelligence, Agfa HealthCare.

For more information: www.agfahealthcare.com

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