Agfa HealthCare’s Cardiovascular Information System

The Impax CV12A, a new version of Agfa HealthCare’s Cardiovascular Information System (CVIS), was introduced this March during the American College of Cardiology’s (ACC’s) 61st Annual Scientific Session & Expo in Chicago, USA.

Photo: Agfa HealthCare’s Cardiovascular Information System

Agfa HealthCare has listed among its assets that it is designed and delivered in an innovative modular approach, enabling users to adopt and benefit from new features when released the first CVIS platform to offer industry-wide standardisation that enables interoperability, with its support for SNOMED CT*, LOINC** and RxNorm Reporting Improved access to technology The particular modular design of the platform lies among its core advantages, the firm points out. 

As the first of its products to use this structure, Impax CV12 enables users to take advantage of new product developments as and when they are released. Beginning with version 12.0 and continuing through future product releases, the system ‘… establishes a framework in order to provide users with the robust functionality that they need,’ the company points out. ‘With the very first release, users can benefit from a new patient management module that includes enhanced search capability, an improved graphical user interface (GUI), and a patient work list designed for improved cardiologist workflow.’

According to Charles Wickens, the firm’s Global General Manager for Cardiovascular IT, ‘By adopting best practices from other areas of healthcare, Agfa HealthCare is successfully delivering a redesigned version of our IMPAX Cardiovascular product that will bring improved access to technology and feature developments, while also enabling users to achieve a new level of regulatory standardization. 

Impax CV12 is the first step in a long-term product vision that, because of our innovative design approach, will enable us to continue meeting the needs of cardiologists and their healthcare organizations both in the short term and for years to come.’ The manufacturer also adds that the system has been developed to support SNOMED-CT* and, subsequently, other standard terminologies, to help facilitate regulatory reporting compliance by customers. Central to the Impax system is a robust infrastructure that, along with support for Oracle 11g and Microsoft Windows Server 2008r2 software, makes the product easily upgradable and able to be rolled out remotely, the firm adds.

‘This streamlines the process for upgrades and serviceability, saving facilities time and resources. The product can also be virtualised to reduce the hardware footprint so organisations can achieve a lower total cost of ownership. Finally, facilities can depend on the security of the system, which meets the rigorous Department of Defence (DoD) security requirements.’ The new system also supports the company’s Imaging Clinical Information System (ICIS) platform to bring images into the Electronic Patients’ Record (EPR). ‘Whether a facility elects to have integrated cardiovascular DICOM archiving and viewing at the departmental level, or on the enterprise level, Impax Cardiovascular can meet the need. A vendor-neutral CVIS, Impax CV12 will feed into the vendor-neutral ICIS repository, eliminating the need to manage images and data at the departmental level, while also allowing for improved delivery of care by providing access to the comprehensive longitudinal patient imaging record. With the ICIS services platform, images and associated data are available to clinicians, at virtually any location, in a meaningful and clinically useful way.’



* SNOMED CT – Systematised Nomenclature of Medicine – a registered trademark of the International Health Terminology Standards Development Organization.

** LOINC – Logical Observation Identifier Names and Codes – a registered US trademark of Regenstrief Institute, Inc. SNOMED-CT, LOINC and RxNorm Reporting support features are expected to be released this year. They are not available in the USA and Canada.


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