Two North West trusts have acquired Sectra’s PACS and VNA, with a view to more easily sharing diagnostic data between their organisations.
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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.
Clinical portals have become ever more sophisticated, and portal technology is now being used to underpin information sharing and digital patient services.
Vendor neutral archives tend to be associated with digital imaging. But with the appropriate standards, they can be used for other kinds of record. And that’s leading to a debate about their future; both within trusts and within wider health economies.
North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust has implemented a vendor neutral archive from BridgeHead Software, which it will use for the storage both of radiology images and of enterprise-wide data.
Croydon Health Services NHS Trust has gone with SynApps Solutions to provide a vendor neutral archive to store data, beginning with X-ray images.
Northampton General Hospital NHS Trust has bought a vendor neutral archive from SynApps Solutions, on a five-year contract.
Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust has completed the implementation of a picture archiving and communications system and a radiology information system, both from Carestream, and a vendor neutral archive from BridgeHead Software.
Kingston Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has purchased a vendor neutral archive from SynApps to store images from its picture archiving and communication system.
Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust has procured a vendor neutral archive from BridgeHead Software to store images from its picture archiving and communications system.