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Agfa HealthCare’s new product to aid communication in emergency

Agfa HealthCare has launched IMPAX ConnectED, which automates and expedites communication between a hospital’s radiology and emergency department (ED) regarding preliminary findings.

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IMPAX ConnectED provides multiple mechanisms to notify the ED physician of a critical result or to notify multiple individuals in the ED as desired. It also offers department-level visibility of messaging activity, with the complete communication trail automatically stored in a searchable archive for more than 10 years. Like IMPAX Veriphy, for critical test result management (CTRM), IMPAX ConnectED facilitates and automates compliance with legal and professional standards for clinical communications. “When the radiology department reviews an emergent case first, the conventional Veriphy CTRM workflow can be used,” said Lenny J Reznik, director of Enterprise Imaging and Information, Agfa HealthCare United States. “When emergency physicians review the patient first, they can create a preliminary read which is automatically routed to the radiologist assigned coverage. The radiologist can agree or disagree and a response is sent immediately to the ED.” IMPAX ConnectED is the only solution of its kind to offer tight integration with a PACS system. This means that radiologists and ED physicians can create customised work lists within the IMPAX solution streamlining their review of emergent exams. Consolidated views of all ED activities are available within the radiology or the emergency department and performance reports are available for management. Both the ED clinician and the radiologist can send messages via IMPAX ConnectED. The solution is being offered as a stand-alone package for IMPAX or as an enhancement to IMPAX Veriphy, Agfa HealthCare’s CTRM solution. IMPAX ConnectED is an exclusive Agfa HealthCare offering, developed through close collaboration between Agfa HealthCare and Nuance Communications.

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