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At ECR 2017, Agfa HealthCare shows how its solutions reflect its commitment to Care You Can See(TM) for radiologists and patients

Company's innovations deliver efficiencies and clinical collaboration, aligning clinical and business advantages with radiology's value-based care models

  • Agfa HealthCare is committed to maximizing the diagnostic usefulness of visual information for value-based patient care.
  • Advanced radiology features and single, converged Enterprise Imaging platform support clinical confidence and collaboration across the enterprise.
  • Dynamic MUSICA adds moving images to 'gold standard' image processing.

 At ECR 2017, Agfa HealthCare shows how its commitment to enhancing the value of imaging and strengthening radiology's role in patient care is realized across its portfolio: from dynamic imaging powered by award-winning MUSICA image processing, to the single, converged Enterprise Imaging platform, with its specialized departmental workflow and image management services.

With the theme of "Care You Can See", Agfa HealthCare is demonstrating its focus on enhancing quality care throughout the imaging chain, in a way that is visible to anyone in the healthcare community.

Facilitating communication and collaboration for patient care
At ECR 2017, Agfa HealthCare will demonstrate how its Enterprise Imaging platform enhances clinical collaboration and supports the role of the radiologist. By enabling secure consolidation and exchange of medical images, non-DICOM unstructured multimedia information and paper documents, the solution helps support greater satisfaction amongst clinicians, referring physicians and patients. The single, completely unified platform also meets the needs of healthcare providers, by allowing future enhancements based on the needs and strategy of users, targeted at specific clinical use cases and deployed at the hospital's own pace.

Innovative, radiologist-curated features
With its broad diagnostic workflow spectrum, task-based workflow engine, and collaborative features, Enterprise Imaging for Radiology helps improve communication and handoff between the different stakeholders in the diagnostic imaging process. Innovative productivity features and radiologist-curated capabilities such as accurate protocoling, automatic exception detection, fully integrated advanced image processing, re-defined hanging protocols and rich native teaching files are designed to enable consistent, predictable, and efficient study management.

A new report by respected, independent research firm KLAS, indicated that Agfa HealthCare customers are increasingly satisfied with the company's Enterprise Imaging solution. In the report "Enterprise Imaging 2016: Early Leaders in a Growing Market", KLAS highlights that the expectations of healthcare providers regarding vendor neutral archive (VNA) and universal viewer vendors have risen. At the same time, it states, "Potential enterprise imaging customers are looking at Agfa HealthCare more than ever before. Agfa HealthCare's solution is solid overall and provides decent functionality and above-average integration." On top of this, Agfa HealthCare's XERO universal viewer received the KLAS category award and was identified as top-rated vendor product.

Engage Suite for Integrated Care, with a web-based portal offering access to patient info
Visitors to ECR 2017 can discover Agfa HealthCare's Engage Suite for Integrated Care: a web-based platform that supports patient healthcare management and access to patient health information beyond the hospital walls, for both patients and care providers. This modular portal solution offers an easy-to-integrate and -use set of applications, with clear and user-friendly interfaces. Each stakeholder has the tools they need to prepare, follow, and monitor the patient's healthcare, 'anywhere and anytime'.

*DR 800: A single, multi-purpose solution
Along with its DR portfolio, Agfa HealthCare will demonstrate the new multi-purpose DR 800 digital radiography suite, which is designed to enable radiology to meet the growing demand for fluoroscopy, without requiring multiple investments. This robust and reliable solution can handle a full range of radiographic exams (skeletal, thorax, abdomen, weight bearing) and fluoroscopy exams (including barium studies, arthrograms, cystograms, myelography and catheter placement, etc.). It supports Agfa HealthCare's role as a value-based healthcare provider offering solutions that assure every image counts.

**MUSICA goes Dynamic
The DR 800 is empowered by Agfa HealthCare's revolutionary Dynamic MUSICA. The gold-standard MUSICA image processing software offers excellent image quality, while supporting care providers' goals of delivering the lowest patient radiation dose reasonably achievable and a smooth and efficient workflow, which results in greater productivity. As well as the ability to process moving images, Dynamic MUSICA enhances noise suppression, offers superb brightness control, reduces veiling glare and plays a significant role in enabling potential dose reduction.[1]

Flexible, affordable technology upgrades, with Fast Forward to DR
Visitors to ECR 2017 can discover how Agfa HealthCare's Fast Forward to DR program can help them upgrade their imaging equipment in an affordable way, often with no capital expense. The flexible program allows healthcare organizations to leverage their existing imaging investments, to achieve higher quality images, the potential for lower radiation dosages (when Cesium Iodide (CsI) detectors are used), increased productivity and a smooth, more efficient workflow. Fast Forward to DR includes step-by-step, individualized return on investment guidance from Agfa HealthCare's team of specialists, to assure that the healthcare providers get the most from their high quality digital radiography solutions.

"All along the care continuum, our customers require innovative solutions and features that meet their real need for value - value of images, value of radiologist expertise, value of technological investment, and more," comments Hans Vandewyngaerde, Vice President EMEA Agfa HealthCare. "We are very excited to show our extensive portfolio at ECR 2017, with our theme of
Care You Can See(TM), because we are confident that it demonstrates our commitment to a stronger role for radiology and the radiologist, and to continuously enhancing excellent, efficient patient care."

To discover  how Agfa HealthCare can help radiologists accelerate their journey as leaders of value-based care, visit our booth #103 at ECR 2017, March 1-5 2017, Austria Center Vienna.

*DR 800 is currently not available in the U.S. and Canada

**Dynamic Imaging is not currently available in the US and Canada.

Papyrus customer wins global BPM award for contingent workforce management system

60 BPM award submissions – 27 judges – 15 distinct evaluation criteria for innovation, implementation and impact set by WfMC.

Judge commenting on the comprehensive nature of the Papyrus ACM platform: “This is a complete case management system that involves a comprehensive mobile app, significant data integration and multiple sources - it is a very big and advanced end-to-end system with substantial documented benefits and significant improvements over the old paper, manual, single-threaded solutions.”

From recruitment and candidate management to payroll and client invoicing, across multiple departments and user environments:
• A mobile app for onboarding new workers and assigning work shifts to enhance communication and activity between clients, workers and employees
• Intuitive user interface to considerably cut time for data validation
• Data-driven invoice generation and automatic delivery to clients
• Output in different data formats suitable for external systems processing
• User tracking of process operation with built-in BPMN designer/viewer
• Revenue reporting data generated for each client

Annemarie Pucher,
ISIS Papyrus Software

Epicor Buys docSTAR
Epicor Software Corporation, a global provider of industry-specific enterprise software to promote business growth, has announced that it has acquired privately-held docSTAR, an award-winning developer of document management software based in Schenectady, New York. The transaction closed on Jan. 3, financial terms were not disclosed.

The acquisition brings docSTAR collaborative cloud-based enterprise content management (ECM) and automated accounts payable (AP) solutions to the Epicor enterprise resource planning (ERP) solutions portfolio. Founded in 1996, docSTAR has over 20 years of experience delivering solutions that enable organizations to increase productivity, reduce cost and transaction cycle times through business process automation.

Today, nearly 2,000 organizations in North America rely on docSTAR solutions—available as a cloud hosted service or on premises. docSTAR enables customers to streamline business processes with smart enterprise content management, document management, automated accounts payable and electronic forms technology that integrates with third party ERP solutions.

docSTAR solutions are suitable for a number of industries including insurance, financial services, healthcare, real estate, manufacturing, legal, non-profit, education and the public sector. docSTAR customers include Allison Marine Contractors, Inc., Crescent Crown Distribution, The Cleveland Indians, Mohawk Fine Papers, Inc., and The United Way of Greater Knoxville, to name a few.

The acquisition of docSTAR supports our strategy to strengthen and expand our cloud offerings to continually enhance customer experience and the value we deliver to our customers,” said Kathy Crusco, chief operating and financial officer, Epicor. “docSTAR brings valuable knowledge and experience in the development and implementation of cloud-based document management software, with a successful track record integrating its solutions with leading ERP offerings. A near term focus following the acquisition will be on extending docSTAR integration to Epicor ERP.

With the close of the acquisition, former President and CEO of docSTAR, Tom Franceski, will lead the document management business at Epicor as general manager reporting directly to Crusco.

We are excited to join forces with Epicor, a recognized leader in the global ERP market, as we share a commitment to enhance the customer experience through cloud offerings that automate business processes and promote growth,” said Franceski. “The increased scale gained as part of a global organization will enable us to further technology innovation to deliver greater value to customers.

The Crowley Company Adds Corporate Sales, Support and Imaging Staff

Pat Crowley, vice president of The Crowley Company, announce in December the addition of several key team members to three divisions of the company. “2016 was a very healthy year for The Crowley Company in both scanner sales and conversion services, allowing us the opportunity to add personnel. These skilled individuals complement an already strong team and will help lead us into 2017 with forward momentum. I’m very happy to welcome them to our company.”  

Business Development
Scott Filipek
and Timothy Ginster have joined the business development team for capture hardware sales (digital and micrographic scanners, duplicators and processors) under the leadership of Matt McCabe, vice president of sales of marketing. They will represent Crowley, Mekel Technology, Wicks and Wilson, InoTec, Zeutschel and other leading preservation and records management scanner brands. “Both of these gentlemen have significant backgrounds in the imaging industry and have already shown their ability to succeed at Crowley,” states McCabe. Filipek has a decade of experience in sales, marketing and technical support and will represent The Crowley Company primarily in the Northeast. With more than twenty years of experience spanning hardware and software sales, conversion services, workflow solutions and training, Ginster will serve the western region of the United States.  

Imaging Services
Kevin Kapel
, a former Crowley Imaging project manager, has signed on in a consulting capacity to review and refine service bureau processes and workflows for maximum efficiency. Says Crowley, “Kevin has spent the last several years in project management at a major government subcontractor of records management. That experience, combined with his knowledge of our own operations, makes him uniquely qualified to assess and help streamline our operations. He will also serve as project management support on several of our large, out-of-state projects.”  

Technical Support
Joining the technical support team from Pittsburgh, Pa. is John Truver. With background that spans information technology, project management, software support and technical sales and support, Truver brings significant experience to the Crowley technical support team which provides training, installation, and technical support on all Crowley manufactured and distributed scanners and micrographics equipment. Notes Debbie Harris, technical support manager, “John has a full range of skills that will enable him to provide the best in technical support to our customers. He has hit the ground running and I don’t expect him to stop.”

Agfa HealthCare to implement Enterprise Imaging for Radiology in first Acibadem International Medical Center in the Netherlands

Turkish group chooses Enterprise Imaging for Radiology for its performance and Agfa HealthCare's excellent customer approach

  • The Acibadem Hospitals Group is a subsidiary of Integrated HealthCare Holdings, the largest supplier of healthcare services globally.

  • The Enterprise Imaging for Radiology platform offers a unified imaging ecosystem including image management, reporting, advanced image processing and integration of clinical information.

  • Enterprise Imaging for Radiology enables "anywhere, anytime" image access, enhancing collaboration, while supporting hospitals to optimize the costs of centralized imaging.

 Agfa HealthCare has announced today that it has signed an agreement to implement Enterprise Imaging for Radiology in the new Acibadem International Medical Center, expected to open in Amsterdam shortly. This is the first contract for Agfa HealthCare with a subsidiary of the largest supplier of healthcare services globally, Integrated HealthCare Holdings.

The Acibadem Hospitals Group was founded in 1991 and now comprises 21 hospitals and 17 outpatient clinics, cross 11 countries, and has more than 7000 beds. The 3600 m2 Acibadem International Medical Center in Amsterdam will be the first branch of this Turkish company in the Netherlands, and will provide a range of services to both Dutch and international patients.

Integrated care and "anywhere, anytime" images

Enterprise Imaging for Radiology delivers a completely unified imaging platform, with fast software, intuitive use, dedicated clinical tools and powerful workflow engine that all maximize productivity while keeping cost of ownership low. This integrated solution built on a modern platform goes far beyond the traditional PACS. It supports image exchange, collaboration and mobility, as well as patient-focused healthcare.

A personalized approach and comprehensive portfolio

"With Enterprise Imaging for Radiology, Agfa HealthCare was able to offer us the best value," explains Koray Yürük, Director of Acibadem International Medical Center. "In addition, the personal and international attention we received from Agfa HealthCare showed us that they were able to fulfill our specific requirements, and are the right partner for us."

"We are very pleased that the Acibadem Hospitals Group chose Enterprise Imaging for Radiology for their first clinic in the Netherlands," says Rene Stenvert of Agfa HealthCare.   "We look forward to building our relationship with this key international healthcare provider as it grows into new regions, with our comprehensive portfolio, customer focus and knowledge of the evolving healthcare environment."


USA Microfilm Horror Story

Discarded Microfilm Prompts Frustration

By Betsy Abraham
November 29, 2016

A group of Westbury residents have expressed frustration and disappointment with a recent decision by the Westbury Memorial Public Library to get rid of the library’s microfilm, which included microphotographs of The Westbury Times dating back to 1954.

 I thought it was awful,” said Allison Clonmel, who periodically used the film for genealogy projects. “We rely on the news media for information regarding our community and culture. To hear the film was gone, I couldn’t believe it.”

 Microfilm Library Director Cathleen Merenda said the decision to get rid of the microfilm and machine was a “multiple step process” that took a number of years to get to. She said that the resources were only used once or twice a year, and that the library checked with Anton Media Group to see if hard copies of the papers would be available for residents looking for information.

Anton Media Group Circulation Director Joy DiDonato said she did get a call from the library asking if hard copies of The Westbury Times were available, but that there was no mention of the library getting rid of the microfilm or machine. Papers dating back to 1957 are stored at the Mineola office and are available to the public; however, many of the older editions are in delicate condition and are not able to be scanned.

 Merenda said the microfilm machine at the library was old and that they were having trouble getting parts to have it repaired.

 That was part of the decision too, the machine was getting to the point that it was not usable,” Merenda said. “The board didn’t want to invest $10,000 in what was an antiquated technology. Once the machine was gone, that in combination with the film not being used, made the decision.”

 Merenda said they thought about storing the film in the historical society building, but there was inadequate space to store the metal cabinets. The library board of trustees approved the decision to get rid of the microfilm machine in the spring; but no discussion was had (or required by library policy) about discarding the film, which was discarded over the summer.

The library still has hard copies of the paper from 1937-80, which Merenda says they plan to keep. Residents can also still get microfilm sent to the library, however, they will have to take it to the East Meadow Library to use the microfilm machine there (which has been the practice since the Westbury library’s microfilm machine went out of use).

Denise Parillo, secretary of the Westbury Historical Society, found out about the deaccessioned microfilm when she was looking for an old copy of The Westbury Times to further her research for a historical society program.

 I’m furious. I think there has been a tremendous disrespect to the people of Westbury. A part of our history is irretrievable,” said Parillo, who voiced her frustration at a library board of trustees meeting. “I was told there were three file cabinets that contained the film and there was needed space for staff. There were other places in the library where staff members could have been.”

 Parillo said this was the first time she had went to use the microfilm, but working on the project gave her reason to believe she would use it more in the future. The historical society is now urging the board to digitize the copies they have, and if that is not a feasible option, to place the hard copies in a climate controlled room that will better preserve the old papers.

 The library looked into the cost of digitization five years ago, and it was an expensive process, said Merenda. Board president Kenneth Little said the board is open to exploring options on preserving the papers, but cost is a factor that will definitely be taken into consideration. Little also said the board will be “discussing preventative measures, so something like this doesn’t happen again.” ■

IDMi believes ....

  • The world still needs educating, regarding what can be done with legacy microfilm
  • Although some issues are available in print form – it’s not all of them
  • It is sacrilege to ‘throw out’ any form of film or printed matter (the Deputy Editors study is testament to that!)
  • There are organisations in the USA and around the world who will take hard copy and/or microfilm, digitise it FOR FREE then share revenue with the owner/custodian

If you would like to know more contact

Should We Be Worried?

Agfa-Gevaert press release ....
With reference to the recent media speculation, Agfa-Gevaert NV ("Agfa") announces that it has been approached by CompuGroup Medical SE ("CompuGroup") who has indicated an interest in a potential acquisition of all of the issued shares of Agfa by way of a voluntary conditional public takeover offer.

The Board of Directors of Agfa, together with its financial and legal advisors, will carefully evaluate CompuGroup's expression of interest, taking into account the interests of its shareholders and other stakeholders.

There is no certainty as to whether a public offer for all issued and outstanding shares of Agfa will materialize.

Further announcements will be made in due course, if and when circumstances so require. (End of message)


About Agfa
The Agfa-Gevaert Group develops, manufactures and distributes an extensive range of analogue and digital imaging systems and IT solutions, mainly for the printing industry and the healthcare sector, as well as for specific industrial applications.
Agfa's headquarters and parent company are located in Mortsel, Belgium. The Agfa-Gevaert Group achieved a turnover of 2,646 million euro in 2015.

IDMi COMMENT: Back in 2009, IDMi's John Baker foresaw the demise of another photographic giant, Kodak, which was illustrated in a more subtle manner than the above, by the inclusion of the giants first three letters 'KOD' in a cover illustration for IDMi.





Tens of millions of people don't have passcodes set on their Smartphones: Industry Comment
According to a new report, tens of millions of people don't have passcodes set on their Smartphones. The TransUnion® survey polled 1,263 consumers ages 18 and older about their experiences with and perceptions of cyber threats in anticipation of National Cyber Security Awareness Month in October. Despite increasing fear, nearly half of respondents don’t take common protective measures, such as locking their phone with a password (45 percent) and changing their passwords frequently (51 percent).

Comment from Robert Capps, VP of business development at NuData Security

“The survey brings out some fascinating data, particularly that “despite the increasing fear, nearly 50 percent of the participants admit that they don’t take actions such as setting a password on their cell phones”, echoing the reality that, when it comes to mobile, convenience is king. Users do not want to have any friction between them and their device. Therefore, instead of continuing to be surprised by results like this, we should look for ways to meet the need for security in ways that don’t inject more friction.

The security industry, as a whole, typically is most comfortable requiring that customers conform to methodology. But, forcing users into a security paradigm is always going to be a risky proposition, especially in technological environments, where they will only want to interact with their devices in the ways they most prefer. Hackers and fraudsters benefit from this dynamic (at present) because it’s tilted in their favour. Single-point authentication methods, especially on mobile, unlock a wealth of vulnerable PII (personally identifiable information) that is a rich source of income for hackers when mined from phones and sold on the dark web. Until authentication methods no longer require this data, we can’t expect this economy to go away and the dynamic will continue.

Let’s imagine another scenario whereby authentication may require this data, but doesn’t rely solely upon it. Instead, identity verification is reliant upon a myriad of data points that form intricate web of complex, rich and real-time data that is impossible to spoof, mimic or replicate by nature of its interconnectivity and complexity. Friction dissolves in this scenario because the verification of the user is so accurate and ‘white-glove’ experiences can be offered to what we know to be the genuine human user. 

So, while we might continue to bemoan user stubbornness in up-taking basic security protocols against their own best interests, we can start to see that users’ natural behaviour can be the basis of the security method. Analysing sessions in terms who how users are behaving, how they typically behave, how other humans behave in this context, offers non-invasive pathways to stunningly accurate identification. 

We can stop enforcing security methodology and our tactical requirements on end users and start working with what they are offering -- natural behaviour and the ability to discern who they are from it. Currently, many major online retailers and banks are beginning to utilise this powerful passive biometric model. We anticipate that while usernames and passwords will always have some relevance, it will become less and less relevant for user authentication and verification in the future to come.”

Cybersecurity audit of the US Secret Service found unacceptable vulnerabilities
A cybersecurity audit of the US Secret Service found unacceptable vulnerabilities that leave the possibility of insider-threat activity and privacy violations.
According to this article, the Office of the Inspector General performed a cybersecurity audit after the Secret Service improperly accessed and disclosed information about Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, which monitors U.S. Secret Service (USSS) operations. A number of weaknesses were found, including inadequate system security plans (SSP), systems with expired authorities to operate, inadequate access and audit controls, noncompliance with logical access requirements, inadequate privacy protections and over-retention of records.
Commenting on this, Stephen Gates, chief research intelligence analyst at NSFOCUS, said "Mandated by Congress, the role of United States Secret Service (USSS) is to protect our leaders, visiting dignitaries, and designated sites and events in the U.S. In addition, they’re tasked with safeguarding the nation’s critical financial infrastructure and payment systems. In other words, they’re responsible for protecting the “stability” of our nation.
Secrecy is in their name; however, that secrecy may be at risk due to the poor state of information security within their organisation that was recently exposed. According to reports, their latest cybersecurity audit points to numerous flaws in their approach to securing themselves, and our national interests. This situation highlights a serious lack of leadership and overall responsibility.
Being tasked with protecting our nation’s critical financial infrastructure and payment systems, how can we expect the nation’s financial organisations to clean up their own acts and harden their cyber defences when the agency who has oversight does not do the same. The USSS is also designated to protect our leaders and visiting dignitaries. Hackers and miscreants gaining inside information about USSS protection plans put out leaders and dignitaries at series risk as well. Being unsure what it’s going to take to clean up their internal operations, the first step they need to take is shoring up their cyber-defensive posture. Hackers gaining access to “secret” information within their organisation makes us all more vulnerable. An intelligent hybrid security strategy combined with global cyber-threat intelligence, cloud defences, and on-premises defence will reduce their risk; while they take steps to implement good policies and procedures to defend themselves and our national interests."

High-Quality Imaging technology from Agfa HealthCare is catalyst for new Direct Radiography contract with Vizient Supply, LLC
Complete portfolio of Agfa HealthCare Direct Radiography products including DR retrofits, DR mobiles and full DR rooms available on contract to Vizient members

• Contract accessible to the more than 362,000 acute care provider and non-acute care provider Vizient members.
• Vizient members can select from a comprehensive line of Agfa HealthCare Direct Radiography (DR) systems, all with award-winning MUSICA ® image processing software.
• Agfa HealthCare continues its long-standing relationship with Vizient with this new contract.

Agfa HealthCare has been awarded a new three-year group purchasing contract with Vizient Supply, LLC, a leading healthcare improvement company, to provide special pricing and terms on its entire product line of direct radiography (DR) products to Vizient's approximately 362,000 acute and non-acute care provider members.
Agfa HealthCare's full portfolio of DR products is included in the contract, along with the third generation of MUSICA advanced digital X-ray image processing software and the workstation. MUSICAtechnology provides consistent, high-quality results and virtually eliminates the need for post processing adjustments by the technologist or radiologist. The high image quality, when used with Cesium Iodide detector technology, also means up to a 60 percent dose reduction* for patients using Agfa HealthCare DR systems.
"We at Agfa HealthCare truly appreciate the opportunity to continue meeting Vizient member needs for Digital Radiography," said Jared K. Houk, Agfa HealthCare's North American VP of Imaging. "From our industry-leading MUSICA image processing software, which provides excellent image quality, while maintaining the potential to provide up to a 60 percent dose reduction*, to the efficiency gains in transitioning to DR, we are committed to and focused on working with Vizient's members to provide the best DR solutions that enable exceptional patient care."
Following is a list of DR systems and DR detectors available:
Agfa HealthCare DR Systems powered by MUSICA Image Processing:
DX-D Retrofit: A complete line of cost-effective and versatile DR upgrade solutions that extend the useful life of existing radiology systems. Available with wireless or tethered Cesium Iodide (CsI) or Gadolinium Oxy-Sulphide (GOS) detectors.
DX-D 100+: Wireless portable DR systems with FreeView Technology for better maneuverability and ease of use in crowded critical care areas.
DR 400: Flexible and affordable floor-mounted DR system that meets the high- quality image standards of high throughput imaging departments.
DR 600: The DR 600 is a fully automated ceiling-mounted X-ray system with ZeroForce technology, which enables easy manual movements. Optional EasyStitch full leg and full spine imaging is available.
DX-D 300: Fully automated, versatile U-Arm DR system with high productivity and a compact design. Optional EasyStitch full leg and full spine imaging is available.
Effective October 1, 2016 for an initial three year term, automatically renewing for two additional one year terms, this contract is the latest in a long-term relationship with Vizient. Agfa HealthCare also has contracts with Vizient for Image management and Enterprise Imaging, Computed Radiography, and diagnostic printing and medical film products.

*Testing by Agfa HealthCare with board-certified Radiologists has determined that Cesium Bromide (CR) and Cesium Iodide (DR) Detectors when used with MUSICA processing can provide dose reductions between 50 to 60 percent when compared to traditional Barium Fluoro-Bromide CR systems. Contact Agfa HealthCare for more details.


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