National imaging system extended across Ireland

McKesson will implement National Integrated Medical Imaging System within an additional seven hospitals, helping to transform radiology services across Ireland

More than 100 PACS and RIS contracts will be coming up for renewal over the next few years, opening up the market following the death of the NHS National Programme for IT

McKesson has been awarded a contract extension to deliver the National Integrated Medical Imaging System (NIMIS) to an additional seven hospitals in Ireland.

NIMIS, part of the Health Service Executive’s (HSE) Transformation Programme, is a national award-winning project that is currently transforming the delivery of imaging services across Ireland by implementing advanced medical technology within hospitals to ensure patients receive the best diagnostic solutions available.

With this extension, NIMIS will be delivered to 46 hospitals – across 63 distinct facilities- which will account for nearly 80% of the public hospitals across Ireland. Currently 33 hospitals - over 50 facilities - are live, with all hospitals expected to be live by end 2016.

NIMIS was initiated by HSE in 2008 with the objective of making Ireland’s hospitals paperless and filmless in radiology. Following a competitive tender process, the contract was awarded to the Imaging & Workflow Solutions Group of McKesson. The project involves the implementation of a fully-integrated picture archiving and communication system (PACS) and radiology information system (RIS) across public hospitals. Also being implemented is a fully-integrated speech recognition system for the rapid production of radiology reports.

“With NIMIS, Ireland has one of the most-advanced and integrated radiology IT infrastructures in the world,” said Professor Neil O’Hare, NIMIS project at the HSE.

With NIMIS, Ireland has one of the most-advanced and integrated radiology IT infrastructures in the world

“We are immensely excited about the transformation that is taking place within Ireland. The benefits to patients, healthcare professionals and our overall health care infrastructure are being increasingly widely recognised, which is why we are so pleased that these additional seven hospitals have chosen to join the programme.”

The seven hospitals are St James Hospital, Dublin; the Royal Victoria, Eye and Ear Hospital, Dublin; Rotunda Hospital, Dublin; Children’s University Hospital Temple Street, Dublin; the National Maternity Hospital, Holles Street, Dublin; the Incorporated Orthopaedic Hospital of Ireland, Clontarf; and Letterkenny General Hospital.

Ray Cahill, executive director of international operations at McKesson, said: “NIMIS is testament to the commitment of the medical professionals in Ireland to the current and future health and wellbeing of their patients. McKesson is proud to have the opportunity to work closely with many stakeholders in the Irish healthcare system and help facilitate the successful implementation of this transformational programme.”

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