Greater Manchester, UK, has reportedly signed an agreement with the popular medical imaging IT and cybersecurity firm, Sectra. Through this enterprise imaging initiative, NHS trusts in the Greater Manchester area seem to have taken an important step ahead, by means of a region-wide imaging approach which will aid faster diagnoses and enhanced outcomes for patients.
As per sources familiar with the knowledge of the matter, eight NHS hospital trusts across Greater Manchester will be able to benefit from this medical imaging solution which has been designed to transform the way doctors and other NHS healthcare personnel access as well as review images from patient scans which are important to identifying illnesses and providing effective care. In a first ever, CT scans, X-rays, MRI scans, ultrasound, and numerous other diagnostic images will be able to flow seamlessly to appropriate healthcare professionals across Greater Manchester – indicating faster, better access to the correct radiologists and specialists and consequently, faster diagnoses for patients.
It has been speculated that thus new PACS solution will be deployed in the cloud along with a VNA (vendor neutral archive) and will replace the old, conventional systems in the region's hospitals.
Once the solution is live across the trusts, specialist NHS diagnostic professionals and radiologists will be able to conveniently access and report on patient images that are captured in any hospital in the region. POC clinicians will also be able to conveniently access images through their own organization's EPR (electronic patient record) systems, and via a regional integrated digital care record. In essence, the system will have the ability to provide the foundation to deliver a new seamless model of care across Greater Manchester, transform patient pathways, and to leverage emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence.
Reliable sources claim that this initiative will support Greater Manchester resident who will require imaging and will cover the entire populace of 3.2 million across the geographical reach of the Greater Manchester Cancer program, thereby enabling it to emerge as one of the largest imaging programs of its kind – not only in the NHS but anywhere in Europe.