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Agreement for PACS Supports Exceptional Patient Care - 9/24/2012

Picture archiving communication system between Harrison and three providers
Harrison Medical Center announces an agreement with four healthcare providers, Harrison, Advanced Medical Imaging, Olympic Radiology Associates, and The Doctors Clinic, to deploy a single-platform picture archiving communication system (PACS) across 17 outpatient imaging centers located throughout the Kitsap County Peninsula. This solution allows these imaging centers access to all relevant patient images and information through a data center hosted by Harrison Medical Center.

“We are excited about this agreement because it provides a single, standard platform from which to securely share radiological images, such as CT scans and x-rays, among our local medical community,” says Ty Walker, the chief information officer at Harrison who led development of this project.

This strategic configuration between Harrison Medical Center, Advanced Medical Imaging, Olympic Radiology Associates, and The Doctors Clinic, allows each organization to have access to necessary patient information through a virtual database, regardless of where it originated. The centralized archive will greatly reduce information technology (IT) cost infrastructure for the providers and improve access to the continuum of patient care.

“Our shared PACS agreement gives easy, real-time access of diagnostic images that were done anywhere in our community. It is a necessary element to further our mission of providing exceptional patient care throughout the peninsula,” says Adar Palis, executive vice president and chief administrative officer (CAO) for Harrison.

“We believe this type of partnership reflects the future of imaging,” says Mikael Anden, president of Sectra in North America, the provider of this technology solution. “Collaboration efforts like this enables reduced costs per exam and, more importantly, it allows greater access to vital patient information when providers need it most.”

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Harrison Medical Center is a not-for-profit hospital offering medical, surgical, and emergency services at five locations—Bremerton, Silverdale, Port Orchard, Belfair, and Poulsbo—to serve the Kitsap and Olympic peninsulas. To learn about Harrison’s many healthcare services, call 866-844-WELL or visit www.harrisonmedical.org.

With more than 20 years in the business, Sectra develops and sells IT systems and services for radiology, women’s health, orthopaedics and rheumatology. More than 1,100 hospitals, clinics and imaging centers worldwide use the systems daily, together performing over 55 million radiology examinations annually. This makes Sectra one of the world-leading companies within systems for handling digital radiology images. Sectra’s systems have been installed in North America, Scandinavia and most major countries in Europe and the Far East. For more information, visit www.sectra.com.