|Agfa Agility's Mascot|
Following on the heels of GE's Universal PACS Viewer, Agfa will announce its new Agility PACS (affectionately known as IMPAX 7 to me, anyway) at ECR 2013. Here is today's press release from Agfa HQ in Mortsel, Belgium:
By "Work in Progress, Agfa means that this has been in the pipeline for several years. I know because I and two of my partners have been able to help with it here and there, although we are under NDA and can't talk about it. (Am I allowed under the NDA to say that I'm under the NDA??)
What I can tell you is that, like GE, Agfa has seen fit to copy AMICAS' offerings from the early to mid 2000's, which you can gather from reading between the lines above. Agility will provide a simpler, yet more powerful interface as compared to the earlier impact of earlier IMPAX's. Hanging protocols will be a welcome addition, something IMPAX has never done well if at all. But despite my cynicism, Agility will actually be a very worthy competitor in this space, and while it offers many of the advantages pioneered (or borrowed or lifted or whatever) by AMICAS 10+ years ago, it puts some new and quite powerful spins on what it does, and I think it will be very favorably received. I, for one, would love to have it in place NOW. I'm told this is possible, but then I would have to deal with angry partners who would pine for the "old days". That's why Moses had to wander the desert for 40 years...
I'll report my "hands on" experience as soon as possible.
In late 2012 Agfa HealthCare, a leader among the providers of medical imaging and IT solutions to the healthcare, took a step forward in the evolution of their systems by announcing its new generation of RIS / PACS to IMPAX called Agility.Within a select group of customers, one in Europe, one in North America and another in Brazil, IGESP Hospital, located in the district of Bela Vista, Sao Paulo, was a guest validate the platform.
The IMPAX Agility mobilized the market because it is a system developed on the Web platform and with complete portability for use on mobile devices, unifying environments RIS / PACS in the same database, which facilitates the management of the entire environment, as well a significant simplification in the process of implementation, upgrade, support and maintenance.
With this platform Agfa HealthCare again revolutionizes the market as integrate into a single system, images and workflow services of Radiology (ultrasound, MRI, CT, mammography and x-rays) and cardiology, which still has resources preparation of structured reports, using voice recognition, which facilitates the extraction of statistical data and streamlines the delivery of results to patients.
Already familiar with digital imaging systems, staff IGESP mobilizes to absorb and adapt new technology to the needs of the hospital. "Being the first to use the solution has allowed even contribute suggestions to make the system even better and more effective. In practice, we gain flexibility in displaying images and preparation of reports, especially with the voice recognition tool," says Dr. Alexander Oksman, radiologist at Hospital IGESP.
The union between Agfa HealthCare and Hospital IGESP is very positive and promising in the evaluation of Dr. Alcides Felix Terrible, vice president of the hospital. "The partnerships have been instrumental in the consolidation of our technology park. Agfa HealthCare With this relationship is productive few years, thanks to solutions that meet the needs of IGESP and streamline our operation. We feel proud to be among the hospitals selected to validate Agility design, being pioneers in Latin America.'s a stimulus for future business, for sure, "he concludes.