Regionale Kliniken Holding Ludwigsburg, Germany, Aims to Expand its Role as a Major Healthcare Provider with Agfa HealthCare DR

Agfa HealthCareAgfa HealthCare announces that it has signed a four-year framework contract to supply digital imaging solutions to Regionale Kliniken Holding (RKH) Ludwigsburg, in Germany. This group currently includes eight acute care facilities, an orthopedic clinic and a geriatric rehabilitation clinic, all providing healthcare services to the counties of Ludwigsburg, Enzkreis and Karlsruhe. The hospitals will implement 13 direct radiography (DR) solutions for the imaging departments, as well as mobile devices for the intensive care units, by 2018. A tailored service and support package helps support maximum system availability.

Image quality and mobility
RKH's goal for the coming years is to strengthen its position as a major provider of healthcare in the region. Taking a phased approach to going digital in the hospitals is part of this strategy. In the first phase, all X-ray and computed radiography (CR) systems in the Ludwigsburg hospital (the largest facility in the group) will be replaced by up-to-date DR workstations. "In the first phase, the hospital group will implement three ceiling-mounted, fully automated DR 600 devices in the radiology department, a mobile digital DX-D 100 with the new FreeView technology in the intensive care unit, and mobile DX-D Retrofit systems," says Michael Strüter, General Manager and Head of Sales Agfa HealthCare DACH region.

Maximum productivity, versatility and safety
The high-performance DR 600 will play a major role in the future of the RKH organization. Fully automated, the DR 600 streamlines workflow, increases throughput and enhances the experience of patients and operators alike, even in the busiest imaging environments. The ZeroForce Technology means manual movement of the tube head in all directions is quick and requires almost zero effort, while the EasyStitch technology minimizes distortions, for high-precision full leg full spine imaging. "The system has been immediately accepted by the users," comments Frank Barzen, Imaging Business Division Manager, Agfa HealthCare DACH.

The highly maneuverable, wireless DX-D 100 is ideal for the busy intensive care unit, as well as for emergency departments, operating rooms or at the patient's bedside. With the new FreeView technology, the telescopic arm of the DX-D 100 can be collapsed for an unobstructed view that offers better maneuverability and navigation.

The group will also implement the mobile DX-D Retrofit. Offering a quick, simple and non-invasive installation, the solution is ready to go in next to no time, very cost-effectively. There is no battery-operated mobile retrofit box to fit and no cabling around the X-ray unit, for greater flexibility and hygiene.

All DR solutions are empowered by Agfa HealthCare's gold-standard MUSICA image processing software, providing consistently high image quality across all of Agfa HealthCare's digital radiography solutions and robustness against variations including patient size, tube quality and exposure settings.

Tailored, end-to-end service
"RKH was convinced not only by the good price-performance ratio, but also by our detailed, custom-tailored, end-to-end concept," explains Michael Strüter. "This makes it very clear how our sales, service and product management teams will work with the individual requirements and requests from the group's various organizations and services, and will accommodate the specific needs of individual departments."

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About Agfa
The Agfa-Gevaert Group is one of the world's leading companies in imaging and information technology. Agfa develops manufactures and markets analogue and digital systems for the printing industry (Agfa Graphics), for the healthcare sector (Agfa HealthCare), and for specific industrial applications (Agfa Materials). Agfa is headquartered in Mortsel, Belgium. The company is present in 40 countries and has agents in another 100 countries around the globe. The Agfa-Gevaert Group achieved a turnover of 2,620 million euro in 2014.

About Agfa HealthCare
Agfa HealthCare, a member of the Agfa-Gevaert Group, is a leading global provider of diagnostic imaging and healthcare IT solutions. The company has nearly a century of healthcare experience and has been a pioneer on the healthcare IT market since the early 1990's. Today Agfa HealthCare designs, develops and delivers state-of-the-art systems for capturing, managing and processing diagnostic images and clinical/administrative information for hospitals and healthcare facilities, as well as contrast media solutions to enable effective medical imaging results. The company has sales offices and agents in over 100 markets worldwide. Sales for Agfa HealthCare in 2014 were 1,069 million euro.

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