Archiving solution assists regional DI
MISSISSAUGA, Ont. – Hewlett-Packard (Canada) Co. announced that the
Thames Valley Hospital Planning Partnership, consisting of eight
healthcare institutions in Southwestern Ontario, has implemented the HP
Medical Archiving Solution as a cornerstone of its innovative Digital
Imaging Network Project.
The project, one of the first IT shared services solutions in Canada,
has already produced many benefits. The participating hospitals are
improving access to imaging services and specialists, as well as
mitigating the shortage of diagnostic imaging professionals in the
The solution is enabling the healthcare providers to quickly and
securely access, share and store digital medical images, such as X-rays,
MRIs, ultrasounds and CT scans, as well as eliminate the expensive use
The HP Medical Archiving Solution is based on open standards for
interoperability and offers the ability to create a single repository
for secure PACS applications. Individual hospitals, imaging clinics or
large hospital systems can share their infrastructure to house image
types used in different PACS.
Users can integrate text-based information from health information
systems, such as patient records and insurance data, into the solution
and migrate images from various PACS to one centralized, consolidated,
long-term storage solution.
The solution addresses the challenge of the growing volumes of image
data and provides the flexibility to manage data distributed across
tiers of storage, along with continuous, proactive data checking to
ensure data integrity. It also assists healthcare organizations to
comply with regulatory and privacy requirements for the storage,
transmission and protection of patient data.
The Thames Valley Hospital Planning Partnership is composed of Alexandra
Hospital in Ingersoll; Four Counties Health Services in Newbury; London
Health Sciences Centre; St. Joseph’s Health Care in London; St. Thomas
Elgin General Hospital; Strathroy Middlesex General Hospital;
Tillsonburg District Memorial Hospital; and Woodstock General Hospital.
transforming the delivery of patient services with this solution and
through our collaborative efforts in the region,” said Diane Beattie
(pictured), integrated vice president and chief information officer,
London Health Sciences Centre and St. Joseph’s Health Care London. “HP
has considerable experience and expertise in the healthcare sector, so
we were very confident that they could support our mission to meet the
needs of our communities with a patient-centred philosophy and
innovative models of patient care.”
The imaging network reduces the need for radiologists and patients to
travel or be transferred from one institution to another, as can be the
case particularly in rural communities. The solution also allows for a
full view of a patient’s medical history, making it easier to treat
patients efficiently, affordably and reliably.
“We are improving patient care with our ability to access and exchange
medical images and information. Patients don’t have to wait for images
to be developed and manually transferred. They are immediately available
for review, even from a remote site,” said Dr. Donald Taves, chief of
radiology, St. Joseph’s Health Care London and professor, University of
Western Ontario. “Now, a patient can leave the department after the
images have been taken knowing that the specialist will be able to
review and then discuss their case promptly. No lost or misplaced film
is an added benefit.”
Patient management is enhanced through the tracking of order status and
the greater availability of radiologists. Film searches have been
eliminated and procedure duplications greatly reduced which increases
productivity and saves time. Storage space requirements have been
drastically reduced and, for example, London Health Sciences Centre has
achieved $1.2 million in film savings alone.
The Thames Valley Hospital Planning Partnership was formed to
co-operatively explore the feasibility of integrating and sharing
strategic healthcare services and priorities, including diagnostic
imaging, clinical care, laboratory systems and capital planning.
The TVHPP project is funded by Canada Health Infoway, an independent,
not-for-profit corporation that supports the development of electronic
health information systems across the country, and the Ontario Ministry
of Health and Long-Term Care.
Planning is under way by the Southwest Ontario Digital Imaging Network
Project to build on the success of the TVHPP project and expand the
shared imaging network to other Southwestern Ontario area hospitals.
Details of this expansion will be finalized over the next 12 months.
“HP is committed to providing IT solutions that enable access to
critical information among all stakeholders in the healthcare ecosystem,
while also driving operational efficiencies, improving productivity and
reducing costs,” said Randy Ostojic, vice president, sales, HP Canada.
“With the HP Medical Archiving Solution, healthcare organizations can
simplify their IT environments and integrate new technologies and
processes to more effectively adapt to clinical and regulatory changes,
and ultimately improve patient care and safety.”
HP teamed on the project with GE Healthcare, a major provider of
transformational medical technologies, and Cerner Corp., a leading
supplier of healthcare information technology. GE Healthcare is
providing the picture archiving and communication system (PACS) and
Cerner is providing its Cerner Millennium platform for electronic
patient records and radiology.
HP is a technology solutions provider to consumers, businesses and
institutions globally. The company’s offerings span IT infrastructure,
global services, business and home computing, and imaging and printing.
For the four fiscal quarters ended Oct. 31, 2005, HP revenue totaled
$86.7 billion. More information about HP (NYSE, Nasdaq: HPQ) is
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