Gateshead NHS moves towards own end-to-end patient record system

Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust has selected BridgeHead Software to support its electronic patient record and imaging project.

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Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust has selected BridgeHead Software to support its electronic patient record and imaging project.

The supplier will implement its Vendor Neutral Archive (VNA) for the multi-staged image management project.

Initially, the project commences with Gateshead withdrawing from the National PACS programme (part of the National Programme for IT (NPfIT)), by taking control of all the PACS data currently residing in the LSP Central Data Store (CDS).

After serving notice on its existing contract that ends in June 2014, Gateshead has a limited time to bring its centrally stored image data back under its full control.

Ultimately, phase one of the project will result in the trust using BridgeHead’s VNA as its local storage and management repository for all of its historic and current PACS data.

BridgeHead’s VNA has the ability to interface with any PACS applications, regardless of the provider, as well as being able to work with any chosen storage device, irrespective of media or brand. This was important for the trust as it planned to replace its PACS application and wanted to avoid vendor lock-in.

Once the image data management strategy has been fully implemented, Gateshead will consider adding administrative data. BridgeHead’s VNA is a subset of its wider healthcare data management offering.

Gateshead will be able to extend the VNA environment to BridgeHead’s full data management system, having the ability to archive and manage a greater variety and volume of hospital data. As a result, the system will offer a horizontal view of all data, enabling applications, such as the trust's Medway EPR, to search for all data connected to a patient.

Clare Jones, radiology IT systems manager at Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We knew BridgeHead could assist us with our immediate imaging data needs in a cost effective way.

"However, BridgeHead was also able to help and guide us to take a long-term, strategic view - ensuring we store and manage other healthcare data in the future as we transition to a fully electronic patient record.”