LINCOLNSHIRE, Ill., May 15, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Sysmex America, Inc., a global leader in medical diagnostic testing equipment and information systems technology, today announces it has been awarded a five-year Cost Per Reportable Result (CPRR) Agreement with VA Midwest Health Care Network (VISN 23), a Veteran Integrated Service Network. Under this hematology standardization agreement effective July 1, 2013, Sysmex America will supply new state-of-the-art Sysmex XN-Series® Automated Hematology Analyzers, training, technical support and service to 12 VISN 23 medical facilities located in Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. While Sysmex America holds Veterans Administration hematology contracts and standardization agreements within 15 of the 21 VISNS, this agreement represents the first placement of the new XN-Series analyzers in the VA System.
VISN 23 offers veterans a range of healthcare services, including acute medical, surgical and psychiatric inpatient services as well as a full range of outpatient services via multiple full-service hospitals, community-based clinics and veterans' centers. The XN-Series analyzers perform complete blood counts (CBC); one of the most frequently ordered clinical laboratory tests. In addition, the advanced laser fluorescent flow technology provides additional information used by physicians throughout the continuum of patient care. The Sysmex XN-Series automated hematology analyzers will help physicians diagnose and treat a wide range of diseases that can impact an aging population, as well as help address network-wide cost and labor pressures. With an estimated volume of more than half a million CBCs per year and an enrolled veteran population of more than 400,000, the XN-Series provides VISN 23 with a powerful, scalable platform that will meet clinical, workflow and informatics needs across the entire enterprise with built-in flexibility to adapt to growth.
"It is an honor to have been entrusted with this important role in serving the healthcare needs of our distinguished veterans," said John Kershaw, President & CEO, Sysmex America, Inc. "This prestigious and comprehensive partnership is testimony to the transformative aspects of our new XN-Series line, including its high-performance modular design and sophisticated diagnostic capabilities. We look forward to serving VISN 23 and its affiliates as we continue to reshape the future of healthcare at the clinical laboratory level."
About the Sysmex XN-Series
The Sysmex® XN Series suite of products includes the Sysmex XN-1000™, the Sysmex XN-2000™, the Sysmex XN-3000™ and the Sysmex XN-9000™ Automated Hematology Analyzers. These configurations are built on the award-winning concept of Silent Design®. This design approach provides a simplified system of operation and user interface that enables an expanded parameter menu for a lab's evolving clinical needs; configurable modularity for a lab's workflow needs; and a reagent handling system that saves time and storage space. Regardless of which configuration a lab chooses, each highly productive system operates identically and efficiently.
About VISN 23
The VA Midwest Health Care Network, also known as Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN) 23, is one of 21 Veteran Integrated Service Networks within the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Veterans Health Administration. The Network serves more than 400,000 enrolled Veterans residing in the states of Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and portions of Illinois, Kansas, Missouri, Wisconsin and Wyoming. Healthcare services are delivered through an integrated system of eight hospitals, 60 community based outpatient or outreach clinics, eight community living centers and four domiciliary residential rehabilitation treatment programs. The Network employs over 12,000 full-time employees and has an annual operating budget in excess of $2 billion.
About Sysmex America, Inc.
Sysmex America, Inc., the U.S. headquarters of Sysmex Corporation (Kobe, Japan), is a world leader in clinical laboratory systemization and solutions, including clinical diagnostics, automation and information systems. Serving customers for over 40 years, Sysmex focuses on extending the boundaries of diagnostic science while providing the management information tools that make a real difference in clinical and operational results for people worldwide. For more information about Sysmex, please visit www.sysmex.com/us.
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