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Agfa and Hitachi Data Systems announce global reseller agreement

  • 24 March, 2004 12:17

<p>- Companies team to consolidate information across business units and address the regulatory compliance concerns of the healthcare industry</p>
<p>Sydney, AUSTRALIA - March 24, 2004 - Agfa, a leader in digital imaging solutions for the healthcare market, and Hitachi Data Systems, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi. Ltd. (NYSE:HIT), today announced a global agreement where Agfa will resell Hitachi storage systems and services to healthcare providers. This powerful combination will allow healthcare providers to create patient-centric information systems that consolidate data across business units.</p>
<p>“The collaboration between Agfa and Hitachi Data Systems is another example of Agfa’s commitment to provide to our customers a broader range of integrated technologies,” commented Michael Green, Vice President Global Marketing, Agfa HealthCare. “By teaming with leading technology providers like Hitachi Data Systems, Agfa is able to provide streamlined access to integrated solutions.”</p>
<p>The worldwide healthcare sector is undergoing an unprecedented technological transformation that is changing the face of patient care as well as the way health sites are managed. CIO’s are faced with an exponentially growing volume of patient information, and the need to implement Customer Relationship Management systems as well as comply with various regulatory requirements. The result is ever-escalating data storage demands which necessitate a new approach for melding IT and medical applications.</p>
<p>As the needs of the global healthcare industry evolve, including cost control and legislative requirements for image and information management and protection, the collaboration between Agfa and Hitachi Data Systems can offer added choice to those hospitals seeking to deploy an integrated PACS/storage strategy.</p>
<p>“Hitachi Data Systems is pleased to team with Agfa to deliver tailored PACS/storage solutions and services that will not only streamline the delivery of health care, but also help provide a rapid return on investment,” said Michael Cremen, General Manager of Hitachi Data Systems in Australia and New Zealand. “Moving forward, we look to deliver a full data life cycle management strategy that will enable healthcare providers to deploy a multi-tier storage architecture which matches the value of data to the cost of storage.”</p>
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<p>For further information, please contact:</p>
<p>Gabriel Wong / Geoff Hoddinott
Network Communications
Phone: (02) 9267 9477
Email: gabriel.wong@networkpr.com.au / geoff.hoddinott@networkpr.com.au</p>
<p>About Agfa
The Agfa-Gevaert Group is one of the world's leading imaging companies. Agfa develops, manufactures and markets analogue and digital systems, intended mainly for the graphics industry, healthcare, micrographics, motion picture and photography markets. Agfa's headquarters are in Mortsel, Belgium. The company is active in 40 countries and has 120 agents throughout the world. Together they achieved a turnover of 4,215 million Euros in 2003. Product and company information can be found on Agfa's home page on the World Wide Web at: www.agfa.com.</p>
<p>About Hitachi Data Systems
Hitachi Data Systems leverages global R&amp;D resources to develop storage solutions built on industry-leading technology with the performance, availability and scalability to maximise customers' ROI and minimise their risk. By focusing on the customer's perspective as we apply the best hardware, software, and services from Hitachi and our partners, we uniquely satisfy our customers' business needs. With 2,700 employees, Hitachi Data Systems conducts business through direct and indirect channels in the public, government and private sectors in over 170 countries. Its customers include more than 50 percent of Fortune 100 companies. For more information, please visit our Web site at www.hds.com</p>
<p>About Hitachi, Ltd.
Hitachi, Ltd. (NYSE: HIT), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is a leading global electronics company, with approximately 340,000 employees worldwide. Fiscal 2002 (ended March 31, 2003) consolidated sales totaled 8,191.7 billion yen ($68.3 billion). The company offers a wide range of systems, products and services in market sectors, including information systems, electronic devices, power and industrial systems, consumer products, materials and financial services. For more information on Hitachi, please visit the company's Web site at www.hds.com.</p>

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