The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust will be the first trust in Europe to deploy a new cloud-based PACS (picture archiving and communication system).

Thanks to a partnership between GE Healthcare and Amazon Web Services, the deployment of Edison True PACS will provide radiologists at the trust with intelligent productivity tools. These tools will help enhance reading speed, reduce errors, improve diagnostic precision and give better confidence over diagnoses.

It has been designed to help hospitals move away from the traditional care delivery model towards a more centralised, virtual model.

The partnership will enable the delivery of cloud-based imaging solutions, integrated data and clinical operational insights for the teams at the Royal Orthopaedic.

“We’re really proud to be one of the early adopters of the GE True PACS solution in Europe,” said Liam Maiden, IT programme manager at the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital. “With continuous cyber security patching and maintenance that cloud hosting offers, we are able to further enhance the resiliency of our PACS network.

“Not only will this migration help to reduce our carbon footprint but will allow us to dynamically upscale and downscale our environment to meet business needs – making work easier for colleagues and improve our patient’s experience.”

Edison True PACS offers remote access to different tools needed by healthcare professionals, including teleradiology and home reporting. Royal Orthopaedic users will also be able to access the ZFP 3D viewer. This tool provides access to information anytime and anywhere with the ability to view 3D images on mobile phones.

David Labajo VP digital at GE Healthcare Europe, said: “Radiologists are increasingly looking for tools that help them do their job more effectively using fewer resources.

“But many organisations demand easier and quicker ways to deploy new imaging platforms for their radiology departments, with less internal IT resources, at a lower cost, and ensuring the maximum levels of security and data protection. Cloud-based tools enable remote and convenient access to the different tools needed with a smaller footprint and long-term cost of ownership.”

GE Healthcare has previously signed a deal with Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust which will see the company transform the trust’s radiology services.