Mortsel, Belgium – 3rd March 2016
Agfa HealthCare announces today that it will sign a global collaboration agreement with VisionWare, a leader in Master Data Management (MDM) solutions for the healthcare sector. Under the agreement, Agfa HealthCare can include VisionWare’s Enterprise Master Patient Index (EMPI) and Enterprise Master Provider Registry (EMPR) capabilities within its integrated care portfolio offers. The agreement will be signed on the occasion of the HIMSS 2016 conference, which runs from February 29-March 4, in Las Vegas, NV, USA.
A single patient view
With healthcare enterprises facing ever-increasing data volumes and complex legacy data silos, Agfa HealthCare is committed to providing hospitals with access to a ‘single view’ of the patient, across departments, sites and regions. One challenge to integrated care is that hospitals across a region rarely use the same patient ID, making it more difficult to merge a patient’s information. Integrated care solutions also need to handle unique provider IDs.
Agfa HealthCare carried out a tender to select an MDM partner that could support its own solution portfolio with enterprise-class performance and scalability. Following a competitive process that included real-life testing of data merging, Agfa HealthCare chose VisionWare, which offered the best performance and matching accuracy, and value proposition. Under the agreement, Agfa Healthcare will be able to embed EMPI and EMPR capabilities across its broad range of integrated care solutions, from imaging through to patient portals.
Enhanced data reliability and patient satisfaction
“Embedding VisionWare MDM into our portfolios will allow us to provide healthcare enterprises with solutions that enhance patient satisfaction, improve access to and reliability of information, make outreach more efficient, and simplify adherence to regulatory compliance measures and meaningful use,” comments Joost Felix, Manager Integrated Care Solutions of Agfa HealthCare. “We believe that robust data management strategy is fundamental in facilitating the rationalization of the volume and variety of data across enterprises and at a very personal level enables the exchange of information that makes a difference to everyday lives.”
“Healthcare enterprises today need a single, accurate and trusted view of patient data. Our global agreement with Agfa HealthCare will provide customers with the solutions offering their stakeholders access to accurate, complete and available data across care settings, geographies and multiple vendor systems,” comments VisionWare Chief Executive Gordon Cooper. “We are proud to have been able to meet the various challenges put in front of us, and delighted that Agfa HealthCare trusts us to perform a key role in its end-to-end solution that allows customers to leverage the business outcomes associated with data-driven healthcare.”
VisionWare is a Master Data Management (MDM) Company. Its technology enables organizations to break down the inefficiency of data silos by creating a single and complete view of the customer across the enterprise. Enabling this ‘single view of the truth’ is an essential pre-requisite to leverage the benefits of a data driven business including improved customer engagement and operational efficiency alongside reduced reputational and regulatory risk.
For the last seven years, VisionWare has achieved industry recognition in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for MDM of Customer Data and in the Information Difference MDM Landscape. Founded in 1993, VisionWare is headquartered in Glasgow, Scotland and has offices in Newton MA.
The Agfa-Gevaert Group is one of the world’s leading companies in imaging and information technology. Agfa develops manufactures and markets analogue and digital systems for the printing industry (Agfa Graphics), for the healthcare sector (Agfa HealthCare), and for specific industrial applications (Agfa Materials). Agfa is headquartered in Mortsel, Belgium. The company is present in 40 countries and has agents in another 100 countries around the globe. The Agfa-Gevaert Group achieved a turnover of 2,620 million euro in 2014.
About Agfa HealthCare
Agfa HealthCare, a member of the Agfa-Gevaert Group, is a leading global provider of diagnostic imaging and healthcare IT solutions. The company has nearly a century of healthcare experience and has been a pioneer on the healthcare IT market since the early 1990's. Today Agfa HealthCare designs, develops and delivers state-of-the-art systems for capturing, managing and processing diagnostic images and clinical/administrative information for hospitals and healthcare facilities, as well as contrast media solutions to enable effective medical imaging results. The company has sales offices and agents in over 100 markets worldwide. Sales for Agfa HealthCare in 2014 were 1,069 million euro.