Gateshead trust to deploy PACS and RIS systems


Carestream technology ordered through NHS Supply Chain Framework Agreement

Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust is to deploy a new Carestream Vue RIS and Carestream Vue PACS system.

The Trust, centred on the Queen Elizabeth Hospital site in Gateshead, is the first in the North East of England to purchase the new systems using the NHS Supply Chain Framework Agreement.

The radiology department at the hospital currently performs around 170,000 examinations a year and IT systems manager, Clare Jones, expects to see improvements in workflow and data quality from the new RIS/PACS.

“The Carestream Vue RIS and Vue PACS will replace separate systems,” she explained.

“With both existing contracts coming to an end, the trust was keen to install a fully-integrated solution that was fit for purpose and value for money. In addition to our detailed functional requirements we required a solution that would be delivered and supported by the solution provider and not a third party.”

The contract with Carestream includes an initial seven-year support package.

Jones said: “The new RIS/PACS needed to be fit for purpose, enable greater efficiencies and improvements to patient care and offer overall value for money. In the end, Carestream’s solution and service delivery was the best match for our requirements.”

The new web-enabled Carestream Vue PACS will provide fast and easy access to the clinical tools and applications the radiologists at Queen Elizabeth Hospital will need, integrated into one efficient workspace, while the Carestream Vue RIS will improve workflow by automating the patient’s diagnostic journey from order entry to results distribution. The web-based radiology information system is designed to adapt to the needs of multi-site hospitals and will be accessible across the trust.

In this customer story, BridgeHead Software explores the recent project undertaken at Gateshead in localising its PACS data from the Accenture Central Data Store into BridgeHead's vendor neutral archive (VNA).

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