Agfa HealthCare recently held a workshop in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) highlighting new technologies that enable healthcare providers to view multidisciplinary image information by unifying the patient record across departments and create a true longitudinal patient-imaging record. ICIS (Imaging Clinical Information System) is a workflow-centric enterprise imaging solution that unifies medical imaging and integrates it with clinical data across borders: regional, hospital or departmental. His Excellency Christian Tanghe, Ambassador of Belgium to the UAE, attended the event and emphasized the expertise of Belgian healthcare industries in the demanding field of medical imaging technology.
Mr. Mike Reagin, CIO of Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi (CCAD), presented the significant technical challenges of a modern multi-site healthcare organization and how they were able to build a highly advanced medical imaging network. Together with Agfa HealthCare’s solutions and expertise, the hospital aims to become a truly state-of-the-art healthcare institution in the region.
A comprehensive view of multidisciplinary patient images
ICIS is an enterprise clinical IT platform that provides a comprehensive view of multidisciplinary patient imaging records. It unifies the patient record across regions, facilities and departments, creating a true longitudinal patient-imaging record, and allows data sharing across hospitals, whether or not the same vendor delivered their individual PACS. Jean-Pierre Slabbaert, Agfa HealthCare’s Director of Information Technology for the Export region, remarked, “The ICIS technology enables healthcare providers to create, collaborate, exchange, and manage a comprehensive medical imaging record through the continuum of care. It is a solution that lets hospitals go beyond the borders of a single, individual department, enhancing care collaboration.”
Offering a new level of digitization
The workshop underscores Agfa HealthCare’s commitment to the region. Zyad Benaissa, Managing Director of Agfa HealthCare Solutions, Middle East, reflected on the longstanding relationships between Agfa HealthCare and the most important healthcare institutions in the region, including CCAD and the Dubai Health Authority (DHA). He highlighted, “We introduced digital imaging to the region in 1999 with our first PACS installation in a radiology department. Since then, we have extended our installed base of imaging IT solutions across the Middle East. Today, we are very proud to be able to introduce ICIS, a new imaging platform that will allow our customers to build a true enterprise imaging strategy.”
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