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First French teaching hospital implements Agfa’s Orbis system

Agfa HealthCare Benelux : 23 October, 2007  (New Product)
Agfa HealthCare’s Orbis, the company’s Hospital Information System (HIS), has gone live at the Digestive Surgery department of Purpan hospital.
Purpan hospital is one of the hospitals of the University Hospital Center of Toulouse (CHU or Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Toulouse), one of the top five hospitals in France.

The Digestive Surgery department is specialised in oesophagus, stomach, pancreas, and liver surgery, counting 1270 operations in 2006. The University Hospital Center of Toulouse, which is currently making preparations for the certification visit of the High Authority of Health in September, 2008, has chosen for Orbis to fulfil one of its main priorities: the deployment of the Electronic Patient Record (EPR).

The University Hospital Center is the fourth largest French hospital in size with 614,800 outpatients and 179,900 inpatients recorded in 2006. With 2,791 beds, it serves the Midi-Pyrenees Area. All the personnel at the hospital, some 7,000 staff members, are directly involved in the deployment of Orbis. The go-live of the solution includes the recovery of medical and administrative histories since 2004. As of December 2007, the Agfa HealthCare HIS will become the central access portal for the hospital's healthcare units.

Yann Morvezen, director information systems and controlling of the University Hospital Center of Toulouse, said: 'Last year, the EPR Committee, chaired by Franck Boutault, unanimously chose Orbis as the most suitable solution for our hospital. One of the main reasons for this decision is the fact that Orbis covers the whole patient clinical pathway: admissions, Medical record management, integration of medical history, care record management, connections with various technical platforms, and the medico-economic side, which is essential for activity-based management.'

Professor Franck Boutault, head of the Medical Information Department and of the Face Plastic Surgery Department at Purpan hospital added: 'We have decided to organise the deployment of the Orbis solution in two phases, that will be spread over five years. The first phase, which will last until 2009, will be dedicated to the replacement of the various existing electronic medical records. The second phase will relate to the care record and the electronic prescription.'

Philippe Blanco, managing director Agfa HealthCare France, commented: 'With over 750 installations of our Orbis solution across Europe, Agfa HealthCare has established itself as a leading healthcare IT player. As with other installations, the success of this important project is based on a solid co-operation between the University Hospital Center of Toulouse and Agfa HealthCare. To help assure a smooth operational transition, Agfa HealthCare will also provide the hospital with a high quality training and coaching program as an integral part of its service.'

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