Agfa HealthCare

Agfa HealthCare

October 13, 2010 13:54 ET

Agfa HealthCare Institute Competition Challenges Bright Young Minds

Agfa HealthCare Inspires Ontario Students to Submit Ideas to Make Canada a Leader in Healthcare Innovation

WATERLOO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 13, 2010) - Agfa HealthCare, a leading provider of IT-enabled clinical workflow and diagnostic imaging solutions, today announced the opening of the 2010 Agfa HealthCare Innovation Challenge. Now in its third year, the Agfa HealthCare Innovation Challenge calls on students across the province to pitch their new and innovative ideas on how to improve eHealth in Canada.

The annual event is an exciting month long competition designed to engage the most talented minds from various disciplines in information technology, health sciences, and engineering faculties, among others, across Ontario post-secondary institutions. Throughout the competition, Agfa is asking students to submit proposals that help make Canada a healthier place to live. Students can register at http://www.agfachallenge.ca/, where the official question was posted on Oct. 5th at 12 a.m. ET.

The Agfa HealthCare Innovation Challenge was created to provide Canadian students with the opportunity to contribute to improving the quality of patient care, support the continuation and growth of Canada's health informatics industry, and drive the advancement of healthcare IT solutions. The top five participants will have the opportunity to pitch their proposals to a panel of executive judges. The winner will receive a $3,000 CAD scholarship or summer employment opportunity at Agfa HealthCare, and all finalists will receive a guaranteed job interview.

"When it comes to ideas for improving patient care in Canada, the number of fresh and innovative presentations we've received from talented Canadian students in previous competitions have been exceptionally brilliant," said Jeff Nesbitt, Vice President of Government Relations and Strategic Programs, Agfa HealthCare in Canada. "This year, we're challenging all Ontario students to bring their brightest and most creative ideas to make this year's Innovation Challenge the best yet."

The top five finalists will receive an all expenses paid trip to Waterloo, Ontario, where they will present their ideas and engage in personal coaching sessions on their proposal submission with key industry influencers and lead sponsoring organizations including Research in Motion (RIM), Christie, Jet Airways, Ontario Centres of Excellence and The Health Technology Exchange, as well as senior software architects from Agfa HealthCare in Canada. The call for proposals closes on November 5th, 2010, and presentations will take place in Waterloo on November 19th – 21st.

For more information, or to enter the annual Agfa HealthCare Innovation Challenge, visit http://www.agfachallenge.ca.

About Agfa

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 film related products 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 3,401 million Euro in 2006.

About Agfa HealthCare

Agfa HealthCare, a member of the Agfa-Gevaert Group, is a leading provider of IT-enabled clinical workflow and image management solutions, and state-of-the-art systems for capturing, processing and printing images in hospitals and healthcare facilities. The company has over a century of experience in diagnostic imaging and has been a pioneer on the healthcare IT market since the early 1990's. Agfa HealthCare today employs 5,700 staff members, with sales offices and representatives in over 100 markets worldwide. Sales for Agfa HealthCare in 2006 were 1,452 million Euro, accounting for 43% of total group sales. For more information on Agfa HealthCare, please visit www.agfa.com/healthcare.

Contact Information

  • Agfa Press Office
    Septestraat 27
    B - 2640 Mortsel
    Belgium
    or
    Agfa HealthCare
    Jeff Nesbitt
    Vice President, Government Relations and External Programs
    +1 519 746 6210
    jeff.nesbitt@agfa.com
    or
    Agfa HealthCare
    Geertrui De Smet
    Global Communications Manager
    +32 (0)3 444 73 06
    geertrui.desmet@agfa.com
    or
    Agfa-Gevaert NV
    Johan Jacobs
    Corporate Press Relations Manager
    +32 (0)3 444 80 15
    johan.jacobs@agfa.com