Agfa HealthCare Enterprise Imaging Provides Consistent Alignment with HIMSS® Health IT Value STEPS(TM)

Agfa HealthCareWith the introduction of its innovative, convergence approach to Enterprise Imaging, Agfa HealthCare is dedicated to improving the delivery of care by empowering physicians to make informed decisions, while simultaneously supporting strategic initiatives for population health management, value-based care, and risk sharing. These tenets closely align with the HIMSS Health IT Value STEPS, which Agfa HealthCare believes should be a cornerstone for health IT ventures and which Agfa HealthCare will be highlighting during HIMSS16 as an important guide for meeting the challenges of today's enterprise-wide economic and quality care imperatives.

The HIMSS Value STEPS, a component of the HIMSS Health IT Value Suite, is an optimization framework that is intended to provide an easily understood vocabulary for stakeholders to utilize when formulating value strategies. The STEPS(TM) model is built around five categories:

  • Satisfaction
  • Treatment/Clinical
  • Electronic Secure Data
  • Patient Engagement & Population Management
  • Savings

In line with the HIMSS Value STEPS, Agfa HealthCare Enterprise Imaging is designed to offer hospitals and networks a long-term, value-based solution that aligns with their EHR strategy by enabling multiple service lines, for instance, Cardiology, Radiology, Ophthalmology, and Gastroenterology, to manage and collaborate image information within the same consolidated platform. Developed as a care-centric, standards-based workflow platform, Agfa HealthCare Enterprise Imaging is designed in modular services to anticipate the needs of today's dynamic healthcare systems: from department image acquisition workflows through interoperability of disparate systems, to clinical decision drivers and patient experience enhancement. As a result, Agfa HealthCare Enterprise Imaging furthers cross-enterprise collaboration and enables hospital groups, Integrated Delivery Networks (IDNs), and public/private health information exchanges (HIEs) to create and efficiently share unified patient records containing both images and textual information within the EHR.

"The HIMSS Health IT Value Suite, and the HIMSS STEPS in particular, have become a key measure by which providers assess the benefits of health IT technologies because the model addresses the core opportunities for improving healthcare delivery overall, from clinical advantages to data security, patient engagement, and cost savings," stated Frank Pecaitis, Senior Vice President of Sales, North America, Agfa HealthCare. "We are already seeing growing demand for Agfa HealthCare Enterprise Imaging's single platform which is designed to support integrated care and deliver immediate value through a unified technology that reduces cost and complexity through the consolidation of imaging systems. Doing so, Enterprise Imaging has been shown to enable clinical collaboration, enhance decision making, and improve productivity in the pursuit of optimal patient outcomes. We believe these advantages closely align with the HIMSS STEPS and look forward to discussing with attendees at HIMSS16."

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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 2,865 million euro in 2013.

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 2013 were 1,160 million euro.

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