Delft Diagnostic Imaging digitizes the best hospital in The Netherlands

Utrecht 14 October 2004The Dutch daily Algemeen Dagblad (AD) has conducted a survey into the quality of Dutch hospitals, the results of which were published on 14 October 2004. The Diakonessenhuis Utrecht, which went digital with Delft Diagnostic Imaging, was ranked number 1. The Dutch Association of Hospitals (NVZ) commended the survey. "We value the thorough way in which AD conducted the survey", stated NVZ chairman, Joan Leemhuis-Stout.


The Diakonessenhuis is the first filmless hospital in the Utrecht region. In 2003, the Diakonessenhuis established a glass fibre link between its hospitals in Zeist and Utrecht, enabling immediate access to information from both locations. The hospital also introduced a Picture Archiving and Communication System (PACS). With this system, radiologists are able to digitally archive X-rays and radiological reports, which can then be viewed throughout the hospital.

Since 2003, treatment protocols can be viewed on computers through the file management system, Manual Master. Systems for appointment planning and treatment records are being modernised this year. Substantial investments will be made in ICT in the coming years in an effort to better support the care offered.

Hospital staff are able to view electronic data in the consulting rooms and on the wards. This includes administrative details, as well as radiological and bacteriological reports and images. The PACS system combines the examination results with the patient images which means an important step towards the introduction of an electronic patient record.

The PACS system provides many benefits and cost savings to the hospital staff since less administrative and logistic actions are taking place within the hospital. Images no longer get lost during transportation. Digital images are being processed in the computer and do not have to be captured again in case they are under- or overexposed. The hospital needs less physical space to store the image archive.

More news about Delft Diagnostic Imaging is available in the VMW October 2004 article Rogan-Delft releases next generation View Pro-X workstation while Maasziekenhuis Pantein in Boxmeer goes digital with Delft Diagnostic Imaging.

Leslie Versweyveld

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