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Agfa HealthCare launches nursing solution ORBIS Care

Agfa HealthCare, a leading provider of IT-enabled clinical workflow and diagnostic imaging solutions, and the Imelda Hospital in Bonheiden (Belgium) announced recently that more than 15,000 nursing documentation forms have been registered electronically in ORBIS(TM), after the initial go-live in November, 2007. The Imelda Hospital is one of Agfa HealthCare’s pilot sites in Belgium and the first of eight Belgian ORBIS customers that have gone live with ORBIS Care. ORBIS’ capabilities to easily customize electronic forms based on best-practice standards now allows the nurses at Imelda Hospital document their main nursing activities within ORBIS Care. Successfully reaching this important milestone for an electronic nursing record with a stable interface to Imelda’s existing ADT System (“Admission, Discharge, Transfer”) underlines the close cooperation of Agfa HealthCare and the Hospital. ORBIS now transparently represents Imelda’s efficient nursing workflows electronically acknowledging individual needs and how the nurses prefer to work. Since January 1, 1988, all Belgian general hospitals are required by law to collect data for a Nursing Minimum Data Set (NMDS) four times a year. Since 2007 the NMDS has been revised from 23 to 78 items. ORBIS today delivers an answer to these requirements through electronic registration and, in a second phase, planned for completion by the end of 2008, through the seamless integration between the NDMS and the electronic care workflows of ORBIS, thus avoiding redundant data entry. “We have developed a deep feeling of trust and confidence in Agfa HealthCare as a leading healthcare solutions provider, which grew in part from our implementation of Agfa HealthCare’s innovative RIS/PACS (Radiology Information System/Picture Archiving and Communication System) solution. We were one of the first hospitals in Belgium to implement PACS, and now we’re proud to be among the first Belgian hospitals to implement ORBIS”, states Marc Gevels, Nursing Director at Imelda. “This important milestone was made possible due to intensive and fruitful collaboration between users at Imelda and production teams at Agfa HealthCare. We activated our ORBIS specialists in Belgium and internationally to deliver a solid solution and we are proud to say that we have delivered on our promises”, states Twan Weegels, Commercial Director Agfa HealthCare Benelux. “We look forward to a continuing and strong relationship with Imelda, who has put their trust in us to deliver a fully integrated enterprise IT solution across its hospital and we will continue to meet their challenges and needs head-on.” One of the next project steps at Imelda will be the implementation of Care Planning within ORBIS, where the captured data from the Nursing Documentation is immediately available for planning processes. Additionally the patient chart, a user friendly tool to uate the status of the patient and adapt the corresponding care planning in ORBIS, will provide nurses and physicians with a complete overview of all activities and observations that need to be performed resulting in a reduction of unnecessary paper work, redundancies and transmission errors.

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