Medical IT companies cooperate to optimize efficiency at Norwegian hospitals
Sectra Imtec AB, the market leading provider of digital radiology systems in Scandinavia, and DIPS ASA, the largest supplier of electronic patient-record (EPR) systems in Norway, have signed a cooperation agreement. The aim is to offer the Norwegian market’s most efficient healthcare IT solutions through tight integration of the companies’ systems for EPR, radiology information (RIS) and radiology images (PACS).
Both of the companies’ systems are currently installed in a large number of hospitals throughout Norway. Through the cooperation, Sectra and DIPS will offer these hospitals more efficient handling of patient information and radiology images. The long-term goal is fully integrated EPR and image functionality based on the customers’ user needs and integration and efficiency-enhancement potential.
“Increased coordination of healthcare IT systems is paramount in meeting tomorrow’s demands for increased productivity,” says Torbjörn Kronander, President of Sectra Imtec AB. “Initially, this cooperation will strengthen the offering to our joint customers in Norway, but it may also be expanded to other markets in which both companies are active.”
There is an increasing need to achieve increased efficiency in the healthcare sector. More patients, more information and a growing number of radiology images must be processed more rapidly at a lower cost – without the hospital compromising on the quality of care.
“This cooperation means that we will be able to better utilize the systems’ integration possibilities,” says Tor-Arne Viksjø, President of DIPS ASA. “As a result, we can further enhance the efficiency of the management of information and images at the hospitals. The cooperation supports our strategy of delivering user-friendly solutions that improve the efficiency of our customers’ operations.”
For additional information contact:
Dr. Torbjörn Kronander, President, Sectra Imtec AB, +46 705 23 52 27
Tor Arne Viksjø, President DIPS ASA, +47 901 43 417
DIPS ASA has developed IT systems for hospitals since 1987 and the company is the largest supplier electronic patient-record (EPR) systems in Norway. It has framework agreements with such clients as the Sør-Øst RHF, Helse Vest RHF and Helse Nord RHF healthcare regions. The company has 127 employees at offices in Bodø (Head Office), Oslo, Trondheim and Tromsø. DIPS is a financially stable company undergoing robust growth, with estimated sales of NOK 135 million in 2008.
About Sectra’s medical operations
Sectra develops and sells IT-systems and products for radiology, mammography and orthopedic departments. More than 1,000 hospitals worldwide use the systems daily, together performing over 45 million radiology examinations annually. This makes Sectra one of the world-leading companies within systems for handling digital radiology images. In Scandinavia, Sectra is the market leader with more than 50% of all film-free installations. Sectra’s systems have been installed in North America, Scandinavia and most major countries in Europe and the Far East.
About the Sectra Group
Sectra successfully develops and sells cutting-edge products in the expansive niche segments of medical systems and secure communication systems. The company was founded in 1978 and has its roots in Linköping University in Sweden. Today, Sectra has offices in eleven countries and operates through partners worldwide. Sales in the 2007/2008 fiscal year totaled SEK 743 million. The Sectra share is quoted on the NASDAQ OMX Stockholm AB exchange. For more information, visit www.sectra.com.