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Press Release

New York Healthcare Provider Expands Agfa IMPAX® PACS Capability to Cardiology with EMC Networked Storage

Agfa and EMC Work Together to Help Elmhurst Hospital Center Embrace Future Growth with Confidence

Chicago, Ill and Hopkinton,, Monday, March 31, 2003 - 

Elmhurst Hospital,a 525-bed acute care hospital in Queens New York, is embarking upon an expansion of its Agfa IMPAX® Picture Archiving and Communications System (PACS) and EMC networked storage infrastructure to provide growth capacity for incorporation of cardiac catheterization and percutaneous coronary intervention, as well as additional imaging modalities, including digital mammography, obstetrical ultrasound, MRI, and Multislice CT.

The current expansion to Agfa IMPAX for Cardiology will enable Elmhurst to:

  • Incorporate cardiac images and workstations (catheterizations and PCI);
  • Increase its archive capacity from 5 TB to 25 TB by implementing EMC Centera content addressed storage (CAS);
  • Refresh workstation hardware with the latest PC technology; and
  • Redesign archive architecture to maximize the capacity, speed and utility of its purchased computing power.

Since installing Agfa's IMPAX for radiology in 2000, Elmhurst has been a healthcare pioneer in the transition to PACS, leading the way among its affiliated New York City Health and Hospitals institutions in recognizing the clinical and cost benefits of the new digital technology. Building upon three years of Agfa IMPAX operation at Elmhurst, the newest Agfa technology will extend the hospital's immediate image availability across cardiology and other modalities and continue the dramatic improvement in report turnaround time, with its resultant improvements in workflow and the delivery of patient care.

Agfa's Strategic Relationship with EMC Makes Expansion Possible

To provide the reliable, available and scalable networked storage infrastructure required by the IMPAX expansion, Elmhurst purchased EMC Automated Networked Storage solution for PACS, promoting high levels of performance,information availability and integration across the healthcare enterprise.

Steven R. Alexander, Associate Executive Director at Elmhurst, commented: "The Agfa-EMC solution will bring the latest networked storage technology into the framework of our digital imaging world. This step opens the door for us to employ state-of-the-art imaging modalities,aiding physicians in the diagnosis,treatment and prevention of disease. By establishing a long-term relationship with experienced business partners who bring the expertise required to implement and manage this level of technology,our hospital can better focus on its business of providing care."

Michael Green, Head of Informatics, Americas, Agfa HealthCare stated: "The original Agfa system design at Elmhurst kept pace with volume growth, but newer modalities generate exponentially greater image storage requirements to support cardiac catheterizations and echocardiography. Agfa's most advanced cardiac PACS technology, coupled with EMC's Automated Networked Storage solution for PACS, is the blueprint for the future of healthcare."

Agfa has teamed with EMC to provide a solution to integrate clinical imaging and administrative/financial and research data onto standardized information infrastructure with scalability across the enterprise. EMC's CLARiiON® CX series of networked storage systems will provide a cost-competitive storage solution to manage, protect, and share short-term active files. For long-term archiving, EMC's Centera CAS solution will offer flexible, secure storage for unchanging digital assets, including medical images and patient records.

Brian Hermanspan, EMC's Director of Global Healthcare Marketing said, "Implementing an EMC Automated Networked Storage PACS solution ensures that information is always available to speed decision-making, reduce medical errors and enhance patient care. EMC Automated Networked Storage PACS solution helps clinical and administrative professionals manage, share and protect electronic patient records and medical images with flexibility and scalability."

About EMC

EMC Corporation is the world leader in information storage systems, software, networks and services, providing automated networked storage solutions that enable organizations of all sizes to better and more cost-effectively manage, protect and share their information. More information about EMC's products and services can be found at www.EMC.com.

About Agfa

The Agfa-Gevaert Group is one of the world's leading imaging companies. Agfa develops, manufactures and markets analogue and digital systems, intended mainly for the graphics industry, healthcare, non-destructive testing, micrographics, motion picture and photography markets.

Agfa's headquarters are in Mortsel, Belgium. The company is active in 40 countries and has 120 agents throughout the world. Together they achieved a turnover of 4,911 million Euros in 2001. Product and company information can be found on Agfa's home page on the World Wide Web at: www.agfa.com.

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