More efficient collaboration concerning patients when major Norwegian care provider orders region-wide IT solution from Sectra

Linköping - October 25, 2016 - The Norwegian healthcare provider Helse Vest RHF is investing in a region-wide radiology IT solution from Sectra (STO: SECT B) for managing radiology images and patient information. The agreement extends for 6 years and the order is, over this agreement period, valued at a total of NOK 57 million (corresponding to approximately EUR 5,7 million). Sectra’s IT solution (RIS and PACS) will improve the availability and simplify the communication of patient images within and between the hospitals in the region, making it easier for radiologists to carry out their daily work and contributing to more efficient and higher quality care. In addition, the solution will help provide greater opportunities to share resources between hospitals.

“High operational reliability and usability were important criteria in our choice of radiology solution – criteria that Sectra was able to meet. It was also crucial that the solution could be integrated with our existing VNA in order to facilitate joint regional work processes and efficient, region-wide collaboration and information exchange. Our hope is that this will contribute to improved quality and higher productivity in healthcare by providing better access to updated clinical information,” says Erik M. Hansen, CEO of Helse Vest IKT.  

Helse Vest already uses Sectra’s medical media archive (VNA), where all of the region’s medical images and film sequences, such as ultrasound and endoscopy examinations, are managed. By combining Sectra’s media archive with this new, region-wide radiology IT system, Helse Vest will be equipped with a total solution that provides physicians with simple and secure access to all patient information and image materials – including non-radiological images – concerning a specific patient. This facilitates a closer collaboration between the various medical disciplines involved in the patient’s care chain. Quick and easy access to all patient data particularly improves multidisciplinary rounds, which are an important component of cancer care. 

Helse Vest is responsible for the care of the approximately one million people living in the region. Health and medical care is provided through four care companies at a total of 15 public hospitals with radiology departments.

For further information, please contact:
Dr. Torbjörn Kronander, CEO and President Sectra AB, 46 (0) 705 23 52 27
Marie Ekström Trägårdh, Executive Vice President Sectra AB and President Sectra Imaging IT Solutions, 46 (0)708 23 56 10

About Sectra 

The world needs more efficient healthcare and more secure communication. Sectra plays a key role in meeting these needs. Sectra assists hospitals throughout the world to enhance the efficiency of care, and authorities and defense forces in Europe to protect society’s most sensitive information. The company was founded in 1978, has its head office in Linköping, Sweden, with subsidiaries in 14 countries, and operates through partners worldwide. Sales in the 2015/2016 fiscal year totaled SEK 1,073 million. The Sectra share is quoted on the Nasdaq Stockholm exchange. For more information, visit www.sectra.com

In the medical market, Sectra develops and sells IT solutions for the management and communication of all types of medical images – primarily in radiology, mammography, pathology and orthopaedics, as well as other departments where medical images are used. Sectra has a strategic focus on making cancer care more efficient. More than 1,700 hospitals, clinics and imaging centers worldwide use Sectra’s systems daily. This makes Sectra one of the world’s leading providers of IT solutions for managing medical images and patient information. The company commands a market-leading position in Sweden, Norway, the Netherlands and Portugal, holds a prominent position in the UK and is growing in the US. Sectra has delivered some of the largest installations of medical IT systems worldwide and its systems have been installed in North America, Scandinavia and most major countries in Europe and the Far East.

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Sectra assists hospitals throughout the world to enhance the efficiency of care, and authorities and defense forces in Europe to protect society’s most sensitive information. Thereby, Sectra contributes to a healthier and safer society. The company was founded in 1978, has its head office in Linköping, Sweden, with direct sales in 19 countries, and operates through partners worldwide. Sales in the 2017/2018 fiscal year totaled SEK 1,267 million. The Sectra share (STO: SECT B) is quoted on the Nasdaq Stockholm exchange. For more information, visit www.sectra.com.

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High operational reliability and usability were important criteria in our choice of radiology solution – criteria that Sectra was able to meet. It was also crucial that the solution could be integrated with our existing VNA in order to facilitate joint regional work processes and efficient, region-wide collaboration and information exchange. Our hope is that this will contribute to improved quality and higher productivity in healthcare by providing better access to updated clinical information
Erik M. Hansen, CEO of Helse Vest IKT