Agfa HealthCare’s Managed Services relieves staff of tedious technical support for improved IT reliability, availability and cost savings.
The ZNA multi-site hospital group in Antwerp marks a major first in Belgium with the implementation of the SaaS*/Managed Cloud Services solution for PACS.
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With all the buzz about migrating to the cloud, perhaps it’s time to make the change.
But for those hesitating organizations that aren’t ready to go all-in to cloud-based image sharing and storage, there’s another option: an incremental approach …
While 71 percent of healthcare organizations are either using or considering the deployment of cloud computing or storage technologies, trust in public-cloud services such as those offered by Amazon, Google and others remains weak, according to a new KLAS report. PACS is an area of particular interest in terms of leveraging the cloud, according to the report.
The CIO of a facility with more than 1,000 beds told KLAS, “I don’t know that there are a ton of major healthcare providers putting their patient data in the (public) cloud right now. From a liability perspective, it isn’t as mature as some other industries. That is a major concern for me right now.”
There’s currently no unified ‘giant retail approach’ to the provision of American healthcare. It’s more like a cottage industry, with plenty of small players each providing their own care. But a technology-driven paradigm shift is looming: as most hospitals go digital, they will soon embrace cloud-based IT solutions and consumer-priced digital tools that will change the face of healthcare at ever-faster speed. Dr. Keith Dreyer, one of the US’ key thought leaders in the field of healthcare imaging and radiology, holds some outspoken opinions about the challenges this profession faces.
INTERVIEWEE Dr. Keith J. Dreyer, Vice-Chairman Radiology Massachusetts General Hospital, Assistant Professor of Radiology Harvard Medical School, Co-Chairman Informatics Committee American College of Radiology
Read the full interview in the latest edition of THERE magazine.
Agfa HealhCare expands its managed services baseline to offer comprehensive packages for medical image archiving, viewing and PACS:
- Designed to facilitate enterprise and departmental resource planning, benefiting from the program’s operational and budgetary consistencies
- Consultative approach assures the right Managed Services are selected to support each facility’s clinical and operational needs
- Cost-effective, flexible solutions reflect our vision for meeting healthcare IT challenges.
“As healthcare facilities today are finding themselves under increased pressure to deliver improved clinical and operational results, many times with less resources, Agfa HealthCare has taken an approach to managed services that will help meet the unique challenges of most any facility,” said Lenny Reznik, Director, Enterprise Imaging and Information, Agfa HealthCare. “We understand the day-to-day demands of IT in supporting clinical performance, and so are taking a consultative, customized approach to the delivery of our expanded Managed Services to best meet the needs of each customer facility.”