GE Healthcare to supply Kent & Medway Medical Imaging Consortium with collaborative radiology system
21 May 2013
East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust has awarded GE Healthcare a seven-year managed service contract to supply imaging services to the four hospital trusts of the Kent & Medway Medical Imaging Consortium.
The contract expands GE Healthcare’s existing remit as the equipment and PACS supplier since 2005. It will see the major installation of a patient information viewer, enabling single point access to image and test results by all four Trusts via a cloud based system. The data will be held securely off site at a data centre as part of a GE Healthcare partnership with Cable & Wireless.
In particular, GE Healthcare’s technology will facilitate the sharing of information between hospital departments and between the Trusts, enabling greater collaboration which could help benefit patients in the form of faster, more informed decisions. It also exemplifies how closer cooperation between NHS Trusts can contribute to the more efficient use of NHS resources.
Under the contract, GE will provide a range of its latest IT solutions including a Radiology Information System (RIS) replacing the existing HSS RIS currently installed and a new and enhanced Picture Archiving and Communication System (PACS), as well as archiving, image sharing and cross document sharing technology via Centricity* Clinical Archive. The consortium will also be the first major user of GE’s Universal Viewer which enables advanced visualisation tools to be accessed from anywhere, at any time.
Matthew Stork, General Manager GE Healthcare IT said: “Collaboration is an increasingly important theme for the NHS, and IT is playing a critical role to facilitate this new, more efficient, way of working. This project is a good example of how GE Healthcare can deliver a complex solution to multiple sites in a tight time frame. It shows how our continuous investment in software helps our customers improve productivity.”