Saskatchewan moves ahead with
Patients in the Cypress Region of
Saskatchewan will benefit from reduced waits and improved service in
rural areas with the establishment of a secure computer system for the
storage, retrieval and display of diagnostic images, such as X-rays and
CT scans. The Cypress Regional Hospital will be the first regional
hospital in the province to have this type of digital imaging system.
Secure access to a centralized, complete source of patients’ digital
images will help authorized Saskatchewan healthcare professionals offer
the highest quality of care to their patients. The solution is known as
a Picture Archiving and Communication System (PACS).
"Cypress Regional Hospital and the three hospitals in the Saskatoon
Health Region are the first participants in the provincial PACS,"
Health Minister Don McMorris said.
"Through PACS, authorized healthcare providers in both health regions
can securely share patient images and discuss patient treatment and
recovery on the telephone, from their own offices, in their own
communities. This will lead to more access to specialists and less
travel for residents of the Cypress Health Region. As the PACS system
grows throughout the province over the next year, residents will receive
faster, safer and better care, closer to home."
Cypress Regional Hospital was built to be filmless, without large areas
devoted to storage of x-ray films or the chemicals required for film
developing. More square footage is dedicated to patient care. The
province’s goal is to reduce dependence on conventional photographic
film technology and its storage by 90 percent by 2010.
"The Cypress Health Region is honoured to have the first regional
hospital in Saskatchewan with the ability to use PACS," Cypress Health
Region chief executive officer Jim Hornell said. "We believe PACS will
be extremely valuable to our health professionals and all residents of
southwest Saskatchewan. This computer system will decrease waiting times
between tests and results and increase patient safety within our
Safeguards are in place to ensure only health professionals involved in
patient care access personal health information. Policies, procedures
and computer systems are in place to protect information from
unauthorized use, error or loss.
PACS joins the Pharmaceutical Information Program (PIP) as one of the
first components of a provincial electronic health record.