Chicago (PRWEB) December 1, 2006
Agfa HealthCare, a market leader in Radiology Information Systems (RIS), Picture Archiving and Communications Systems (PACS), and Reporting, and Vocada, Inc., a leading provider of Critical Test Result Management (CTRM) solutions, have agreed to integrate their systems and offer radiologists an improved methodology for clinical result distribution and notification.
The companies announced the strategic alliance at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America, being held in Chicago, Nov. 26 - Dec. 1, 2006.
"This integration will provide radiologists with a user-friendly interface for PACS, Reporting and communicating critical patient findings," said Thomas White, co-founder and executive vice president of Vocada. "The combination will enhance patient safety and boost staff productivity at the same time."
Delays in the communication of critical test results can have an adverse effect on the delivery of healthcare. The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) and the National Institute of Medicine have identified these types of communication problems as a threat to patient safety. JCAHO's National Patient Safety Goals specifically address the issue.
Vocada's Veriphy™ CTRM solution offers one-step convenience and automates compliance with all legal and professional standards concerning critical communications. It is a hosted system that requires no additional investment in hardware or software. CTRM is a technology-based strategy to improve patient safety and outcomes and boost staff productivity. It does this by verifying the communication of critical test results from a reporting clinician to the responsible ordering clinician in time to benefit the patient.
"Healthcare providers are always looking for ways to improve the quality of patient care and improve workflow efficiencies. The combination of Agfa HealthCare's and Vocada's solutions provide tangible benefits for the user and the patient," said Lenny J. Reznik, business unit manager, RIS, PACS, Reporting, Americas, Agfa HealthCare. "Because of our open systems architecture, we have the ability to interface with technologies such as Vocada's and deliver more comprehensive solutions resulting in better patient care."
About Vocada, Inc.
Vocada's Veriphy critical test result management solution is the only enterprise solution for communicating critical test results from hospital diagnostic departments to ordering clinicians. Using a patented, hosted system, Veriphy automates and verifies communication of critical test results in a real-time, assured and trackable solution, simultaneously enhancing patient safety and boosting physician productivity. The privately held, Dallas-based company was founded by brothers Peter and Thomas White, who were previously involved with other innovative and successful technology ventures. The company introduced its first product, VoiceLink™, predecessor to Veriphy, in 2004. For more information, visit http://www.vocada.com .
The Agfa-Gevaert Group (Agfa) is one of the world's leading imaging and information technology companies. Agfa develops, manufactures and markets analogue and digital systems for the printing industry (Agfa Graphics), the healthcare sector (Agfa HealthCare) and film related products and specific industrial applications (Agfa Materials). Agfa's headquarters are in Mortsel, Belgium. The company is active in 40 countries and has agents in another 100 countries throughout the world.
The Agfa-Gevaert Group achieved a turnover of 3,308 million Euro in 2005.
Agfa HealthCare supplies hospitals and other healthcare centers with state-of-the-art systems for the capturing, processing and managing of diagnostic images and with IT solutions that integrate information and imaging workflows into the overall hospital operations across departmental disciplines. In addition, Agfa HealthCare is a leader in the fast growing market of IT systems that span the entire healthcare enterprise and through which healthcare facilities become more efficient and effective, with improved patient outcomes. For more information on Agfa, visit http://www.agfa.com.