The 100 new jobs created at Agfa HealthCare will include software development roles, general support services and back office functions designed to meet the company's regional, national and global needs. In total Agfa HealthCare will employ nearly 400 people in Ontario, focusing on the development, implementation and support of the company's eHealth, Regional Health and Digital Imaging Solutions. The company's Waterloo office will also strengthen its position as one of the company's primary Research and Development facilities, developing the company's leading Picture Archiving and Communication Systems (PACS), called IMPAX(TM) and other advanced software solutions for hospitals and healthcare facilities worldwide.
"We're proud to support Agfa HealthCare's investment in their Ontario operations and workforce. We have a skilled and educated workforce, a culture of innovation, and a competitive business environment. The Next Generation of Jobs Fund leverages those advantages to create quality jobs for Ontario families," said Ontario's Premier, Dalton McGuinty.
Supporting Premier McGuinty's statement, Michael Bryant, Ontario's Minister of Economic Development states "We're proud to work with innovative companies that come to the table with their own growth plans and resources. Agfa HealthCare's new technology represents a step forward in the development of e-health, providing an Ontario solution to a global need and a shot in the arm to the local economy."
Agfa HealthCare, a member of the Agfa-Gevaert Group, is a leading provider of IT-enabled clinical workflow and diagnostic image management solutions, and state-of-the-art systems for capturing and processing images in hospitals and healthcare facilities. Agfa HealthCare has over a century of healthcare experience related to diagnostic imaging and has been a pioneer on the healthcare IT market since the early 1990's. The company develops and delivers its solutions to hospitals and healthcare facilities in over 100 markets worldwide and is an active provider of IT-enabled diagnostic tools supporting Canada's transition to fully fledged e-health solutions through its Picture Archiving and Communication Systems, advanced clinical applications and consolidated data centers.
"This is an exciting moment in our long history in Canada and signals a continued dedication to our customers in terms of research and development. The systems which will be developed in Waterloo will be an integral part of our next generation of enterprise-wide solutions, designed to help our customers transform from analog to digital to full fledged IT solutions. This will in turn support improved workflow, accuracy and patient care for hospitals and healthcare facilities worldwide. The support from the McGuinty government allows us to accelerate our growth plans and bring our new technology to market, as well as anchoring our investment here in Ontario," concludes Michael Green, Vice President North America Region, Agfa HealthCare.
About the Agfa-Gevaert Group
The Agfa-Gevaert Group is one of the world's leading imaging and information technology companies. Agfa develops, manufactures and markets analogue and digital systems for the printing industry (Agfa Graphics), the healthcare sector (Agfa HealthCare) and specific industrial applications (Agfa Materials). Agfa's headquarters are in Mortsel, Belgium. The company is present in 40 countries and has agents in another 100 countries throughout the world. The Agfa-Gevaert Group achieved a turnover of 3,283 million Euro in 2007.
About Agfa HealthCare
Agfa HealthCare, a member of the Agfa-Gevaert Group, is a leading provider of IT-enabled clinical workflow and diagnostic image management solutions, and state-of-the-art systems for capturing and processing images in hospitals and healthcare facilities. Agfa HealthCare has over a century of healthcare experience related to diagnostic imaging and has been a pioneer on the healthcare IT market since the early 1990's. The HealthCare division has sales offices and agents in over 100 markets worldwide. Sales for Agfa HealthCare in 2007 were 1,392 million Euro, accounting for 43% of total group sales.
For more information on Agfa HealthCare, please visit www.agfa.com/healthcare.