The 360-bed Saint Luc Bouge Hospital is a long-term pioneer in digital health care technology, first installing PACS and digital capture seven years ago to become the first private hospital in Belgium to be fully digitised.
"Over the years we have enjoyed an excellent relationship with Carestream Health, formerly Kodak's Health Group, who have always listened to our growing needs and have a history of providing outstanding service and support to our facility", stated Dr. Jean-Paul Joris, M.D., Head of the Medical Imaging Department and Medical Director at Saint Luc Bouge Hospital. "We are committed to being on the leading edge of health care technology and patient care so when we decided to upgrade our current systems and extend the reach of PACS to our three satellite sites, we felt that Carestream Health continued to offer the best enterprise-wide solution to meet our goal."
Victor Sacré, IT Manager at Saint Luc Bouge, played a key role in tailoring the PACS solution to satisfy the hospital's unique work flow requirements. "The Carestream PACS platform offered a high degree of flexibility that allowed us to design not one, but three data repositories, a configuration that best suited our needs", he stated. "The PACS fully integrates with the RIS and EPR and intelligently automates each radiology department, which will lead to financial savings from improved efficiency. Patients will benefit from this improved efficiency with reductions in waiting times, a faster diagnosis and confidence in the knowledge that the system is at the cutting edge of technology."
The Carestream PACS solution at Saint Luc Bouge provides a new centralised software platform for the management of medical images and information across the four hospital sites for the first time. The technology will provide radiologists with faster electronic access to imaging studies and more efficient distribution of images between clinical sites. The built-in dynamic streaming capabilities of the Carestream PACS makes advanced functionality readily available to authorised users in the main site and the three satellite sites by allowing clinicians to review the first images in an exam while the rest of the study is being transmitted.
The solution also includes optional integrated orthopaedic surgical templating, a digital planning solution that supports specialised surgical templates for trauma cases, in addition to native 3D imaging.
Amongst other hardware, three Kodak DIRECTVIEW Computed Radiography (CR) Systems are also installed for digital capture of medical x-ray exams, one with Kodak DIRECTVIEW CR Long-Length Imaging System to allow whole spine or legs to be imaged accurately using one single X-ray exposure. In addition, four Kodak DIRECTVIEW CR Mammography Systems are installed to fully digitise mammography exams.
Installations at each of the three satellites consists of Kodak Carestream PACS platforms with full mammography reading software, linked to the central PACS with web access for secure image distribution, Kodak DIRECTVIEW Computed Radiography Systems for digital capture, Kodak DIRECT CD solution and Kodak DRYVIEW Laser Imagers for hard copy external distribution.
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.
With revenues of more than $2,5 billion, Carestream Health Inc. is a provider of dental and medical imaging systems and health care IT solutions; molecular imaging systems for the life science research and drug discovery/development market segments; and x-ray film and digital x-ray products for the non-destructive testing market. The company emerged in 2007 when Onex Corporation of Toronto, Canada, purchased Eastman Kodak Company's Health Group. More company news is available in the VMW September 2007 article Carestream Health and Lothian Health Board sign access agreement for Scotland PACS project.