Expand Your Cardiology Business Through the Use of Image and Information Technology

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US Cardiology 2006;2005:2(1):1-2


Developing New and Additional Business Opportunities by Using and Promoting the Benefits of a Cardiology Image and Information System

Hospitals utilising information technology (IT), such as a picture archiving and communication system (PACS) or hospital/departmental information systems (IS) are aware of the benefits this technology can provide - namely, improved access to images, reduced diagnostic report turnaround, increased examination capacity, improved control over business processes, by allowing for visibility of quality and administrative parameters, and financial savings due to the elimination of film and chemistry-related costs. As an additional benefit, PACS and IS give staff more time, allowing them to focus on patient care rather than managing film archives or similar administrative tasks. Furthermore, a digital system can be used to promote your hospitalÔÇÖs services within your local community and to attract external specialists and their referrals. The key lies in promoting how technology can help physicians to integrate their practices with your facility, in that way enabling them to share the efficiencies, convenience and clinical benefits of your technology investment.

PACS began in radiology and has branched out into other departments incorporating clinically-specific tools and features to meet their specific needs. With more than a century of experience providing imaging solutions and over 900 PACS installations worldwide, Agfa has a unique understanding of how physicians and medical specialists use imaging and information management in their daily routine and are now delivering this expertise to cardiology. With IMPAX┬« for cardiology, AgfaÔÇÖs cardiology image and information management solution, technology can be used to its full potential by providing access to all the information the cardiologist needs, even coming from multi-modalities or across hospital departments, all accessible from a single point of access - the cardiology workstation.

Current cardiology departments face a number of issues - an ageing population, increased demand for services, ever-increasing volumes of data and a shortage of cardiologists and support staff. AgfaÔÇÖs IMPAX for cardiology is an enterprise-enabled image and information management solution designed to meet the image review and reporting needs of your cardiology department. Combining AgfaÔÇÖs integration expertise with the market-leading cardiology solution provided to them by Heartlab, Inc., IMPAX for cardiology is a feature-rich cardiology image review, departmental information system and reporting solution that independently connects with modalities and enterprise information systems. It is the premier cardiology solution currently available providing the required image acquisition, storage, review and reporting capabilities.