Carestream Health and Lothian Health Board sign access agreement for Scotland PACS project

Geneva 09 August 2007Carestream Health has signed an Access Agreement with the Lothian Health Board in Scotland, as part of its contract with National Services Scotland (NSS), the procurement body for National Health Service (NHS) Scotland, for the National PACS Project. With the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary at its heart, Lothian is one of the largest Health Boards in Scotland and offers a range of care to the people of Edinburgh, Lothian and beyond over ten hospital sites, three of which have A&E facilities.

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"NHS Lothian is delighted to commence our PACS implementation in conjunction with Carestream Health and NSS", stated Martin Egan, Director of eHealth, NHS Lothian. "The benefits to patients and clinicians alike will be significant and I look forward to the system going live on the first site towards the end of 2007, when we can start to reap the rewards of the substantial work required by all parties between now and then."

NSS awarded the prime contract for the National PACS Project in December 2005 for CARESTREAM PACS and Information Management Solutions (IMS) to be installed at 39 hospitals within Scotland's 15 Health Boards and connect to a further 67 satellite centres with X-ray departments. Following successful implementation across 4 Health Boards including two initial sites in Glasgow during 2006 - the Southern General Hospital, which includes the Institute of Neurological Sciences and the Victoria Infirmary, and more recently Dumfries & Galloway Health Board and the Golden Jubilee National Waiting Time Centre, Clydebank - a phased roll-out is well under way throughout Scotland and remains within budget. Full deployment is scheduled for 2008 and is set to manage an estimated 3,2 million exams annually.

As the PACS roll-out progresses, each Health Board is required to sign an Access Agreement both to requisition the agreed bundles of hardware assigned to each hospital in the Board and to gain access rights to the National Software License to cover the required functionality. The equipment is delivered as standard bundles already pre-configured with PACS and designed around the workload volume of each hospital, based on the number of annual exams.

Carestream Health's Solution for the Scotland National PACS Project utilises the unique benefits of the KODAK Versatile Intelligent Patient Archive (VIParchive) software to realise the ambition of NHS Scotland of creating a holistic view of a patient's medical record. The VIParchive solution stores and manages virtually all types of multi-media clinical information, including radiology images, laboratory results, video files and other non-DICOM data, from multiple sources into two central data centres. Key to the Scotland solution is that authorised users at every hospital across the country can access prior images and reports, regardless of where they were generated, making this a true national archive and regional solution where images can be shared across Scotland.

Carestream Health, an independent company, has licensed the Kodak brand for use with its own brands such as CARESTREAM, DIRECTVIEW AND DRYVIEW, across its portfolio of leading-edge medical imaging and health care IT products.

"At Carestream Health we embrace a culture of innovation and customer focus that makes us totally committed to helping our customers achieve real results", stated Graeme Allan, Regional General Manager, Healthcare Information Solutions, Europe, Africa and Middle East Region (EAMER). "Our products are found in more than 90 percent of hospitals around the world and more than any other vendor, we have been selected to implement a wide range of regional eHealth solutions across Europe including, BUPA Hospitals, England; the RATU project in Northern Finland; Uppsala County, Sweden; East Tallinn, Estonia, as part of the Baltic e-health project and the Tuscany South East Region of Italy."

More Carestream Health news is available in the VMW August 2007 article Carestream Health debuts new digital radiography system and launches turnkey digital radiology solution to streamline work flow at outpatient imaging centres.


Leslie Versweyveld

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