Goderich hospital connects to hi-speed
GODERICH, Ont. – A project that
seemed like an impossible mission five years ago reached its culmination
at Alexandra Marine and General Hospital (AMGH) in Goderich this month,
as the centre celebrated its connection to the Southwest Ontario Digital
Imaging Network Project, one of the world’s largest, most sophisticated
medical digital imaging networks.
AMGH joins 13 other hospital organizations in Southwestern Ontario – a
total of 18 separate hospital sites – linked to this network, which
enables the sharing of diagnostic images among primary, secondary and
tertiary care hospitals.
“This project is about leveraging technology to provide the best
possible patient care right here in our home community,” said Bill
Thibert, AMGH President and CEO. “The success of the project is largely
due to the spirit of cooperation between all the hospitals engaged in
Funding for this project is from AMGH and its community, in partnership
with Canada Health Infoway. “Today’s celebration is about providing
clinicians with an innovative Diagnostic Imaging system that provides
the tools and information they need to provide the care their patients
deserve,” said Stella Skerlec, Group Program Director, Registries,
Infostructure and Diagnostic Imaging, Canada Health Infoway.
“The PACS system is state of the art technology for our community,” said
Dr. Julie Moore, AMGH Chief of Staff. “It produces digital images that
are far superior to traditional film technology, and can be shared with
consultants and specialists immediately. This allows us to provide
efficient, seamless and timely service to our patients.”
Digital images are filmless – much like a digital camera. Digital
imaging systems enable healthcare providers to view, manage, distribute
and electronically store a patient’s exam images from x-ray, CT,
ultrasound, nuclear medicine, MRIs, and PET scans, as well as medical
files from any location connected through the system – regardless of
where the test was conducted.
The PACS (picture archiving and communication system) captures, stores
and sends images using digital technology.
This project is serving as a model for other health information network
projects across Canada. Planning is under way to continue expanding this
network to other Southwestern Ontario hospitals.
About Canada Health Infoway
Infoway is a federally funded, independent, not-for-profit organization
that is leading the development and implementation of electronic health
projects across Canada. Infoway works with provinces and territories to
invest in electronic health projects, which support safer, more
efficient healthcare delivery. Fully respecting patient confidentiality,
these private and secure systems provide healthcare professionals with
immediate access to complete and accurate patient information, enabling
better decisions about diagnosis and treatment. The result is a
sustainable healthcare system offering improved quality, accessibility,
productivity and cost savings.