Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust in north east London is deploying a new flexible image archive management system.
The trust is using BridgeHead Software's Vendor Neutral Archive (VNA) for a pan-organisational image management strategy, prior to its selection of a replacement PACS (picture archiving and communication system) imaging system.
BridgeHead’s VNA promises to enable the trust to take a more strategic approach to its data management, enabling it to more efficiently locate and share all patient data with multiple clinical teams across multiple healthcare departments.
Triggered by the imminent ending of the national NHS PACS contract, with Homerton's system having to be fully decommissioned next year, the trust chose VNA as its primary data repository. It will be initially used for radiology images, but there is the intention of expanding the solution to manage images from other departments within the hospital.
Dzinja Kabambe, head of strategic IT projects at Homerton, said: "We had options, namely do we select a PACS solution with ‘bundled’ image management capability, or do we separate our image management from the PACS altogether and opt for a VNA solution?
"We decided on the latter because we wanted to de-risk our impending PACS replacement. BridgeHead’s VNA is able to work with all major PACS providers in the UK. This means we will have the flexibility to make an objective decision about what PACS solution is right for us."
Homerton also needed its VNA to support its wider disaster recovery (DR) strategy. Homerton, traditionally, has always had two data centres on site. However, given it is now running services within the community beyond the hospital site, even if the facility went down, it needs to be able to remain operational.
BridgeHead’s VNA will now move data between systems and the hospital’s cloud environment. As such, if one site goes down, the VNA can be used to recall the data that is required and ensure that services to the community and its patients can continue.