Fujifilm wins $28 million health contract

Five year deal covers nine agencies

The Victorian Department of Human Services has awarded Fujifilm Australia one of the nation's largest health care contracts of its kind.

The $28 million contract is spread over five years with an option to extend for a further five years.

During this period Fujifilm will provide at least nine Victorian public health care agencies with a range of equipment and support services.

The deal covers a picture archiving and communications system known as Synapse, computer radiography diagnostic equipment, DryPix laser printers as well as support and maintenance.

Fujifilm Australia medical systems general manager Peter Carmody said each of the nine public health care agencies have a number of hospital sites within each region.

Carmody said the statewide system design is standardised on a distributed architecture connecting to a long term central archive system.

"Once Fujifilm's equipment has been installed, there will be a common platform across Victoria's participating public health care agencies that will provide a seamless solution for managing, storing and distributing images and information throughout their facilities," he said.

"Other benefits include direct access to electronic information by all participating agencies enabling more informed diagnostic assessments, speedy access to medical images, more efficient and effective use of personnel, and a chemical free environment."

Carmody said it was a comprehensive selection process over a period of 12 months.

He said it involved extensive demonstrations and presentations, site visits to existing customer locations in Australia and the United States, as well as panel discussions.

Implementation will begin with a planning and study process (IPS) which will be followed by an IPS reconnaissance at each hospital that is scheduled to receive the new equipment.

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