Palmetto Health chooses Agfa HealthCare’s IMPAX PACS to deliver improved productivity and enhanced c

Agfa HealthCare announces today that Palmetto Health of South Carolina has renewed its commitment to Agfa HealthCare's IMPAX solution as the facility's PACS (picture archiving and communication system). Specifically, the facility installed IMPAX 6.5, the latest software version, which is based on customer feedback and engineered to streamline workflow and provide enhanced image processing capabilities for busy radiology departments.

Upgrade of existing solution provides higher quality of care

Palmetto Health requires a PACS solution that provides quick access to the retrieval of images, enables communication between different departments and referring physicians, and provides efficient workflow to increase productivity. "Upgrading our existing solution with the newest release of IMPAX is allowing us to better manage our case load, immediately identify critical tasks to be completed, and ultimately provide a higher quality of care for our patients," said Dr. Douglas Bull, radiologist for Pitts Radiology, an imaging services provider for Palmetto Health.

IMPAX 6.5 is a fully integrated RIS/PACS workflow solution for data management and reporting, offering improved productivity through the complete imaging chain, from order management to results distribution. IMPAX 6.5 leverages automated task management with an efficient presentation of relevant clinical information synchronized to the study to support informed healthcare delivery.

High praise for new workflows

IMPAX 6.5 also introduces several new workflows to facilitate communications between healthcare providers including an image enabled chat, permitting clinicians to dialogue about images in context with the IMPAX display. Assigned Tasks, Voice Clip, enhanced comments, and IHE Key Image Note support complete the new communication tools in IMPAX 6.5.

"Our customers were engaged in the development of IMPAX 6.5, and we're seeing the results in the satisfaction of those facilities that have implemented IMPAX 6.5," said Bob Craske, Senior Marketing Manager, Agfa HealthCare U.S. "From the PACS administrators and IT staff who are responsible for supporting the system to the radiologists and referring physicians who are reading complex cases each day, IMPAX 6.5 is getting high praise from all for its new workflows for managing large volume studies, advanced image processing and improved communications and its overall efficiency and reliability."

Key focus for workflow efficiency in mammography

One of the key focuses for workflow efficiency in IMPAX 6.5 is in the area of Women's Care. IMPAX 6.5 builds on the inherent benefits of a vendor neutral, multi-modality review station for Breast Imaging and takes the workflow efficiency to a whole new level. Many of these efficiencies come as a result of compliance with the IHE Mammography Image Profile. Features such as "same size display" allow the radiologist to view all images at the same size regardless of vendor or paddle size for improved efficiency and accuracy when looking for changes from year to year. Other features such as 1:1 Smart Navigator, dual workflows, image scale to fit, and enhanced CAD integrations make this solution the choice for demanding radiologists.

One of the most extended desktops in the industry

IMPAX 6.5 also delivers one of the most extended desktops in the industry, offering advanced image processing in a multi-modality environment for consistent and productive reporting workflows. Agfa HealthCare has teamed with third party market leaders to deliver market advanced solutions for peer review, teaching file management, orthopaedic templating, advanced image processing and new in 2011, a fully integrated Nuclear Medicine processing platform.