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Integration of Agfa’s PACS into Primary Care

Agfa HealthCare, a leading provider of diagnostic imaging and healthcare IT solutions, announced that NHS Blackpool has provided local healthcare professionals from Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre Hospitals NHS Foundation with access to the diagnostic imaging records of their patients.

The first primary care facility to benefit from this development is the brand new Whitegate Health Centre in the centre of Blackpool. The centre, commissioned by NHS Blackpool houses a GP Practice, a GP Led Health Centre, a Walk-In Centre, dental services and diagnostics, including MRI scanning, x-ray and ultrasound. The Centre has been equipped with Agfa HealthCare’s IMPAX Picture Archiving and Communications System (PACS), operating as extension to the established Acute Trust PACS, which ‘went live’ in 2001. The new deployment comprises an additional workflow manager, image storage and a diagnostic reporting workstation.

Since the nature of services provided by the new ‘Dazi Health Centre’ means that full integration with the Acute Trust PACS offered the most appropriate solution for seamless primary and secondary patient care across the Fylde Coast.

Images acquired at the Whitegate Health Centre are stored onto a SAN server sited within the centre and then copied to long-term storage and web servers within the Acute Trust PACS. This makes them available for viewing at any of the six sites supported by the Acute Trust, where they can be accessed via 26 diagnostic workstations or any of the 4,500 networked PCs located within the Trust and NHS Blackpool.

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