Press Release: Agfa selected as Accenture subcontractor to supply digital radiology solutions for NHS IT-project in England

Mortsel / Belgium, September 14, 2005 - 8.00 a.m. CET. Agfa-Gevaert has been selected by Accenture to provide digital radiology imaging management solutions to the North East and East clusters in England as part of Accenture's work for the National Health Service's Connecting for Health (CfH) program. The imaging services Agfa will provide include Picture Archiving and Communication System (PACS) and Computed Radiography (CR).

This contract extends Accenture's work for CfH, the NHS' long-term program to deliver an improved integrated care record service.  The NHS program is considered to be the world's largest government-sponsored rollout of healthcare IT solutions, and the North East and East clusters encompass 30 trusts made up of 75 hospitals that conduct approximately 10 million radiology exams per year.
The CfH program will integrate radiology images across England, ultimately allowing images stored in the North East and East regions to be transmitted and viewed digitally with Agfa's IMPAX PACS solutions.
"With Accenture, we are poised to provide our customers with a strong blend of imaging & systems integration capability. We look forward to making a significant contribution to the Connecting for Health program and healthcare delivery in the UK," says Philippe Houssiau, President of Agfa's HealthCare business group. "The successful closure of the contract confirms Agfa as the leading supplier of PACS solutions in Europe."
"This is an excellent example of how technology is helping to improve patient care by ensuring clinicians across the country have quick and easy access to patient x-rays and other digital scans," said Ken Lacey, Accenture's Health and Life Sciences Global Managing Partner.
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About Accenture
Accenture is a global management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company. Committed to delivering innovation, Accenture collaborates with its clients to help them become high-performance businesses and governments. With deep industry and business process expertise, broad global resources and a proven track record, Accenture can mobilize the right people, skills and technologies to help clients improve their performance. With more than 115,000 people in 48 countries, the company generated net revenues of US$13.67 billion for the fiscal year ended Aug. 31, 2004. Its home page is .
About Connecting for Health
NHS Connecting for Health was formed as an agency of the Department of Health on 1 April 2005 with the primary role of delivering the National Programme for IT (NPfIT).
The programme has its origins in the 1998 Department of Health strategy Information for Health (PDF Format) which committed the NHS to lifelong electronic health records for everyone with round-the-clock, on-line access to patient records and information about best clinical practice for all NHS clinicians. For more info
About Agfa
The Agfa-Gevaert Group is one of the world's leading imaging and information technology companies. Agfa develops, manufactures and markets analog and digital systems for the graphic industry and for healthcare. Agfa's headquarters are in Mortsel, Belgium. The company is active in 40 countries and has agents in another 100 countries throughout the world. Together they achieved a turnover of 3,762 million Euros (or US$ 4,677 million*) in 2004.

Agfa's HealthCare business group 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 the imaging workflow into the overall hospital operations across departmental disciplines. In addition, Agfa 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.
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* 1US$ = 0.804281 Euro
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Posted: Wed - September 14, 2005 at 08:53 AM