Accenture has completed the deployment of a cloud-based Radiology Information System (RIS) for five hospitals and 23 facilities within the NHS in Southwest England.
The RIS platform will allow clinicians to securely store, access and exchange patient and diagnostic information from anywhere with an internet connection, claims Accenture.
From signing contracts to going live, the deployment project took ten weeks and included the migration of data from legacy systems to the Accenture Clinical Services’ platform.
“Our group of hospitals are undertaking a major replacement of PACS (picture archiving and communications system) and RIS systems under an aggressive timetable in the lead up to the end of the national contracts,” said Andy Blofield, director of Plymouth ICT Shared.
“For RIS, the most important considerations in choosing a new vendor were confidence in the service and patient safety and the continued ability to share data across organizations.”
Accenture worked with Healthcare Software Systems to deploy their RIS solution to allow clinicians to now share and manage patient diagnostic data, radiology reports, appointments and administrative functions.
A recent Accenture report found that demand for cloud computing in medical imaging is expected to grow 26 percent annually through to 2018 and that approximately 73 percent of healthcare organisations are expected to shift medical imaging data into the cloud, in some capacity.
“The growing demand for imaging means that radiologists are confronted with increasing workloads and the challenge of processing larger amounts of data,” said Matt Oakley who leads Accenture's Medical Imaging Practice in the United Kingdom and Ireland.
“As the NHS national IT contracts draw to a close, this cloud-based solution will enable clinicians across the region to share patient data, which can be crucial in urgent cases, such as stroke or major trauma. It also will enable trusts to concentrate on providing the best care to patients, rather than having to worry about maintaining an IT system.”