Agfa integrates PACS and RIS in next-generation system

November 28, 2005

Agfa HealthCare designed its next-generation PACS, the IMPAX 6.0, to meet the specific workflow requirements of multiple users. Introduced at the RSNA meeting, the IMPAX 6.0 is a Web-deployable application that improves the planning, capture, interpretation, distribution, and archiving of images throughout an enterprise, according to the company.

Agfa HealthCare designed its next-generation PACS, the IMPAX 6.0, to meet the specific workflow requirements of multiple users. Introduced at the RSNA meeting, the IMPAX 6.0 is a Web-deployable application that improves the planning, capture, interpretation, distribution, and archiving of images throughout an enterprise, according to the company.

Agfa integrated the IMPAX 6.0 with its IMPAX RIS to optimize clinical and IT efficiencies. A single workflow-based system serves users both within and outside a facility, consolidating the management of patient images and information.

In developing the IMPAX 6.0, Agfa consulted with IT and management experts who indicated a need for technology that reflects individual user preferences as much as basic archival needs. Agfa built the IMPAX 6.0 around common work behaviors of six identified target user groups: healthcare administrators, radiologists, PACS administrators, technologists, clinicians, and IT specialists.

IMPAX 6.0 features, navigation tools, and display modes were designed in flexible and intuitive fashion to tailor them to the individual preferences within these groups. Essentially, users can match applications to their chosen work habits.

The system is more user-friendly than its predecessors, and its intuitive interface reduces training time, according to the company. Because the system is centrally managed, IMPAX 6.0 makes it easier to deploy solutions, manage users, provide support, and configure permissions and roles.

The company claims that users may experience greater time efficiencies and achieve higher job satisfaction levels because the IMPAX 6.0 makes it possible for them to perform their specific functions with greater confidence.