Electronic document management is one of the most challenging areas of hospital digitisation, touching on just about every aspect of how an organisation runs and a vital accompaniment to an EPR, Claire Read reports on how leading trusts have approached the challenge.
David West is a proponent of digital pathology, and one of a growing band of people who believe its benefits don’t just lie in improving efficiency. By combining slide scanners with sophisticated software, the hope is that digitisation will assist pathologists in making better diagnoses of serious disease.
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Achieving a shift to digital patient services is a golden thread of STP plans, Claire Read examines how the landscape is shifting and attitudes are changing to the diverse range of new tools and services that place patients in control of their health, but the key challenge remains reaching scale.
Over the past 12 months new PACS procurements have largely come from individual trusts. But ‘DevoManc’ and a growing focus on transformation and sustainability across regions are beginning to shape new priorities.
Sharing records between care settings is starting to become much more commonplace, but is viewing patient and clinical data enough to deliver joined-up care?
Vivienne Raper revisits some of the pioneers of information and record sharing, and examines how they are beginning to use shared records to change how they interact with patients.
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Electronic document management may have its roots in archiving, but increasingly EDM systems are the store and delivery mechanism for unstructured content of all kinds. Kim Thomas reports.
Trusts are starting to find new uses for vendor neutral archives, and the IT architecture for delivering them is evolving in response to new demands, Kim Thomas discovers.
Running a theatre suite more efficiently can deliver big time, cash, and quality benefits to a hospital. That puts the onus on IT, says Jennifer Trueland.
Lyn Whitfield explores the rapidly developing discipline of population health management, while Kim Thomas looks at how trusts can make more use of their imaging data.
AI and Analytics
Clinical portals have become ever more sophisticated, and portal technology is now being used to underpin information sharing and digital patient services.