Diagnostic Imaging Data Centre and Virtual Private Network help provide
patient record access
TORONTO, Feb. 25 /CNW/ - Agfa HealthCare, a leading provider of
IT-enabled clinical workflow and diagnostic imaging solutions, and Teranet, a
leading provider of integrated land-based information products, announce today
the provision and hosting of a new Diagnostic Imaging Data Centre and Virtual
Private Network (VPN) services for select hospitals across Ontario.
The Hospital Diagnostic Imaging Repository Services (HDIRS) PACS project
(Picture Archiving and Communication System) is a joint initiative by 23
hospital corporations to share diagnostic images and reports across 33 Ontario
The HDIRS project - formerly known as the Toronto East Network (TEN) - is
part of the Canadian Health Infoway initiative to accelerate the
implementation of reliable and secure health information systems, leading to
the eventual goal of an Electronic Medical Record (EMR) for every Canadian.
Agfa HealthCare will implement the Diagnostic Imaging Data Centre to
centrally store patient images and reports, all of which will be stored in
Teranet's secure data centres. The 33 participating hospital sites will have
secure and real-time access to relevant patient images including ultrasounds
and x-rays from different hospital sites - regardless of the original point of
care. In addition, the project will provide disaster recovery, business
continuity services and network management to improve hospital services and
the delivery of patient care.
"Today's Canadian health system requires a more secure and efficient
method to process increasing amounts of medical data. Teranet's proven
capabilities are helping to improve the secure delivery of patient information
across the HDIRS network of Ontario hospitals," said Pat Ryan, General
Manager, HDIRS. "We are looking forward to extending this partnership and
working to make Canada Health Infoway's national eHealth initiative a
Donald Stokes, Healthcare Business Lead at Teranet said: "This innovative
project is a clear example of how Teranet's secure electronic services can
benefit medical care while increasing efficiencies and reducing costs for
health administrators. We are excited to support Ontario's eHealth goals, and
to work with Agfa HealthCare to bring those to fruition."
According to Michael Green, Regional Manager, IT Business Division, Agfa
HealthCare Canada, "the Ontario-based HDIRS project is a vital undertaking as
shared electronic patient information is a huge piece of the eHealth puzzle.
This project is a huge leap forward toward achieving Canada's EMR goals, and
will help healthcare organizations improve the delivery of patient care while
improving the security of medical records."
About the Agfa-Gevaert Group
The Agfa-Gevaert Group is one of the world's leading imaging and
information technology companies. The Agfa-Gevaert Group develops,
manufactures and markets analogue and digital systems for the printing
industry (Agfa Graphics), the healthcare sector (Agfa HealthCare) and film
related products and specific industrial applications (Agfa Materials). The
Agfa-Gevaert Group has its headquarters in Mortsel, Belgium. The company is
present in 40 countries and has agents in another 100 countries throughout the
world. The Agfa-Gevaert Group achieved a turnover of 3,401 million Euro in
About Agfa HealthCare
Agfa HealthCare, a member of the Agfa-Gevaert Group, is a leading
provider of IT-enabled clinical workflow and image management solutions, and
state-of-the-art systems for capturing, processing and printing images in
hospitals and healthcare facilities. The company has over a century of
experience in diagnostic imaging and has been a pioneer on the healthcare IT
market since the early 1990's. Agfa HealthCare today employs 5,700 staff
members, with sales offices and representatives in over 100 markets worldwide.
Sales for Agfa HealthCare in 2006 were 1,452 million Euro, accounting for 43%
of total group sales.
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About Teranet Income Fund and Teranet
Teranet Income Fund is an unincorporated, open-ended trust established
under the laws of Ontario by way of a declaration of trust. The Fund was
created to indirectly acquire all of the outstanding shares of Teranet Inc.
The units of the Fund trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol
Teranet is a leading provider of integrated land-based information
products and services.
Teranet operates in Ontario and provides access to the Ontario Electronic
Land Registration System ("ELRS") through its proprietary application,
Teraview(R) software. This product enables customers to conduct electronic
registrations as well as title and writ searches relating to real property.
Teranet has the exclusive right to access the data in and operate the ELRS and
the Writs of Execution database, and create and market value-added products
and services in connection with the ELRS and writs until March 31, 2017. These
licences extend on a non-exclusive basis in perpetuity for the ELRS and until
2047 for writs. Teranet has leveraged its core capabilities to create
electronic service offerings in complementary information and e-commerce
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historical fact, may be forward-looking statements about the objectives,
financial condition and results of operations of the Fund. These statements
are forward-looking and reflect management's current views and are based on
certain assumptions and expectations. Actual results could be materially
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