Technology | February 04, 2013

New Agfa HealthCare Monitoring Solution Oversees PACS and IT Infrastructure for Greater Availability

GRIP remote monitoring and event management can identify, stabilize and prevent incidents before they occur

GRIP Agfa Healthcare Remote Viewing System Electronic Medical Records

February 4, 2013 — Agfa HealthCare has introduced its global remote incident prevention (GRIP) services to provide state-of-the-art electronic monitoring of all IMPAX picture archiving and communication systems (PACS) worldwide, as well as linked devices from other suppliers. GRIP’s ultimate goal is to prevent unsettling downtime surprises in the healthcare environment.

  • GRIP services consist of a real-time, centralized global monitoring center and technical team observing all connected customer sites for disruptive incidents.
  • Provides upfront awareness of potential disruptions 24/7 to facilitate quick intervention before outages or incidents occur.
  • Initial offering supports all versions of Agfa HealthCare’s IMPAX radiology and cardiology solutions and certain third-party devices. Will eventually cover other Agfa HealthCare solutions.

The services, available worldwide, are initially based at the company’s central monitoring center in Rijswijk, a suburb of The Hague in the Netherlands. Other regional GRIP facilities are planned to open soon. “From Rijswijk, we have a continuous overview of all connected customer sites through each one’s main PACS server and other data sources,” says Ron van Zonneveld, regional service manager, Agfa HealthCare. “Constant oversight by our technical team allows them to quickly spot potential issues and take action, ranging from calling a local technician to, in many cases, intervening remotely to correct the situation.”

Monitoring is performed using highly specific system dashboards providing color-coded warnings that let technicians access the details of an alert for greater accuracy.

Essential building blocks enhance availability of all connected solutions

GRIP consists of three key building blocks — remote monitoring of the complete infrastructure; event management, a feature that facilitates fast action remotely when issues arise; and event reporting of all warnings with instant graphical displays and historical records of past events. “Fast responses fostered by GRIP will prevent many disruptions from happening, providing greater overall system availability, which positively impacts the provision of high-quality healthcare,” adds Frits Paauw, global service design and transition manager, Agfa HealthCare. “It’s one less thing busy doctors, clinicians and administrators have to worry about, and that is exactly what our service vision is about: providing peace of mind to our customers resulting in better delivery of patient care.”

GRIP supports Agfa HealthCare’s radiology information technology (IT) and integrated cardiovascular solutions, and interfaces with select products and systems from other suppliers.

The services are also “future-ready” to accommodate new technologies and system developments as they are introduced, to easily grow within the customer’s ever-changing environment.

For more information: www.agfahealthcare.com 

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