Agfa Healthcare, a leading provider of diagnostic imaging and healthcare IT solutions, has signed an agreement with the Academisch Medisch Centrum (Academic Medical Center Amsterdam – AMC) in The Netherlands to upgrade its existing Picture Archiving and Communication System (PACS) and install a Radiology Information System (RIS) and Nuclear Information System (NIS). To support the University Hospital’s regional care requirements, the company has also signed an agreement for the installation of its IMPAX Data Center. Agfa HealthCare’s solutions were selected after an extensive review process involving five vendors and an independent ICT advisory consultancy. The Academisch Medisch Centrum is one of The Netherlands’ leading university medical centers. It counts over 1000 beds and treats over 410,000 patients annually. The facility employs over 7000 staff members, educates over 2300 university students and publishes nearly 3400 scientific articles, studies, books and other literature each year. Agfa HealthCare’s IMPAX solution manages some 200,000 studies per year. Amsterdam’s University Hospital will upgrade its current Agfa HealthCare PACS to IMPAX 6, its latest and web-deployable image and information management solution. The solution is designed to help streamline enterprise workflow and deliver increased efficiency and productivity to the facility. Agfa HealthCare’s IMPAX solution will be integrated with the hospital’s existing Hermes Medical Solutions software suite. Agfa HealthCare’s IMPAX Data Center provides large-scale multimedia storage for medical images and diagnostic results for hospital groups, regional healthcare organizations and national medical archives. The solution consolidates the data from disparate systems into a single point of storage to serve the needs of the enterprise. The installation of the Data Center will enable AMC to play its part in the e-Radiology project, set up to enable the sharing of radiology studies and reports within the Amsterdam region. Agfa HealthCare’s IMPAX RIS and IMPAX NIS solutions enable users to electronically manage radiology and nuclear medicine specific operations, end-to-end, from patient registration through worklist generation and medical reporting to transcription and business intelligence. The specialized solutions for Radiology and Nuclear Medicine departments are designed to boost efficiency, improve workflow, increase productivity and help deliver high-quality information to hospital staff, patients and referring physicians. Agfa HealthCare’s Nuclear Information System (NIS) has been successfully installed at 11 sites in the Netherlands and was introduced to a broader European audience at ECR 2010 in Vienna.