Hospitals collaborate to drive down cost of RIS and PACS replacements

Taunton and Somerset and Yeovil hospitals among first in country to take advantage of collaborative procurement

Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust and Yeovil District Hospital NHS Foundation Trust are among the first organisations in the country to collaborate in an effort to secure value for money for the replacement of PACS and RIS solutions.

Following the death of the NHS National Programme for IT, and widespread criticism over ‘wasteful’ procurement processes used by many health trusts, the two organisations have worked together to source replacement systems through an NHS Supply Chain Framework.

The new systems, supplied by Carestream, will enable the two trusts to work collaboratively to achieve significant efficiencies offered by cross-site working and reporting.

The installation will include will include Carestream Vue Motion zero footprint viewing capability and Carestream Vue Archive, allowing staff across both trusts secure, real-time access to complete patient records seamlessly via a patient-centric vendor-neutral archive with a universal viewer.

The Carestream Vue RIS will run on the latest V11 software which provides colour-coded interfaces and offers individual views of the interface according to user requirements, wherever they are located across the two trusts. The new software version will enhance information sharing, particularly the ability to collaborate seamlessly across multiple sites and multiple clinical specialties.

Simon Rigby, head of clinical support for Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Improving the patient experience and improving patient care are key strategic goals for my trust and Carestream Health will deliver many clinical and administrative benefits to support these goals.”

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