Government consolidates medical images as part of its digital overhaul
The Government of Jersey is striving to have one of the most-digitally-advanced healthcare systems in the world
The Government of Jersey’s Health and Community Services (HCS) Department has contracted BridgeHead Software to implement HealthStore to consolidate all medical images in a central repository accessible by clinical and support staff.
HealthStore is set to underpin HCS’s Enterprise Imaging Strategy as part of its overarching aim to become one of the most-digitally-advanced healthcare systems in the world.
The system will enable HCS to consolidate, store, protect, and share medical images of all types and formats from across a diverse array of clinical departments.
And the initiative feeds into the Government of Jersey’s strategic vision to attain the highest level of digital healthcare maturity, Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model (EMRAM) Stage 7 from the Healthcare Information and Management Society (HIMSS).
The HCS also aims to put the individual at the heart of the care process, where data is used intelligently to enhance the care provision for its citizens in both hospital and community environments, encompassing both health and social care.
We needed an imaging platform that offered a central repository where any image, regardless of the source application, could be stored in a standard format and made available to our healthcare professionals
HealthStore will help overcome the issues experienced by HCS where images were stored on individual departmental systems that could be difficult to protect, manage, and access.
It will also improve workflow efficiency and clinician productivity by streamlining access to, and sharing of, medical images across departments and also with external healthcare organisations.
Paul Morris, digital health programme manager at HCS, said: “The HCS team identified a wide range of imaging information that needed to be brought together to provide a true 360-degree patient view.
“This included images and supporting data from radiology, cardiology, endoscopy, ophthalmology, dermatology, retinal screening, dental clinic, the diabetes centre; with integrations to our electronic patient record and electronic document management systems.
“We needed an imaging platform that offered a central repository where any image, regardless of the source application, could be stored in a standard format and made available to our healthcare professionals, all accessible using a simple and intuitive user interface.”
HealthStore manages both Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine (DICOM) and non-DICOM data.
With diagnostic teams relying so heavily on medical imaging, it is vital that clinicians, whether working within a department or as part of a multidisciplinary team, have quick and easy access to all of the information they need to make informed care decisions
Outside of its VNA functionality, it also offers the ability for healthcare providers to ingest data from other applications.
Michael Chambers, major programmes architect at HCS, said: “Once in HealthStore, images can be quickly searched and retrieved by our clinicians as and where they need them, on any authorised device – whether at the hospital or out in the community.
“And, as HealthStore integrates with other primary applications, such as the EPR and PACS; our clinicians can easily access our images, in patient context, all from a single workstation. This gives users one place to go – with just a few clicks they can get all the relevant information they need when consulting, diagnosing, or treating a patient.”
The deployment will focus on radiology in the first instance before widening the scope to bring medical images into the system from other clinical departments.
Jim Beagle, chief executive and president of BridgeHead Software, said: “The HCS team understands that data is a strategic asset and the lifeblood of quality care delivery.
“With diagnostic teams relying so heavily on medical imaging, it is vital that clinicians, whether working within a department or as part of a multidisciplinary team, have quick and easy access to all of the information they need to make informed care decisions.
“We are very excited to be part of HCS’ strategic plans and help it on its digital transformation journey.”