Medical imaging IT and cybersecurity company Sectra landed a $94 million deal with NSW Health to provide an imaging IT system for Australia’s largest public health system.
The deal with the Swedish company follows a six-month proof of concept that began in May 2018, and Sectra will now begin to roll out a statewide enterprise radiology information system and picture archiving and communication system (RIS-PACS).
These systems track a patient’s journey from an image request through to diagnosis, storing key information, digital images and results for easier access by treating teams.
Sectra will provide 11 NSW Health organizations with a common platform and the ability to share images and information across departments and locations on an “as a service” basis.
The platform will also provide patients with more modern and improved services such as SMS reminders for appointments and secure access to their images via an online portal.
It is expected to take around three years to roll out the new RIS-PACS platform across the 11 participating NSW Health organisations, and patient images will be accessible to clinicians working in different hospitals and in remote locations.
“The enterprise radiology imaging service comprises a common platform for handling all image information, which allows efficient collaboration around medical images and information across the multiple clinical teams and health organizations,” eHealth NSW CEO and NSW Health chief information officer Zoran Bolevich said in a statement.
In addition, the platform will integrate with other core clinical systems, including the electronic health record, patient administration systems and enterprise imaging repository.
The platform will be implemented and used across nine local health districts, the Sydney Children’s Hospital Network and NSW Health Pathology’s Forensic and Analytical Science Service, together managing a joint volume of more than 1.8 million imaging exams per year.
The company noted approximately one billion historical image links will be migrated to the system for improved access to prior images, supporting improved patient care and allowing clinicians to make more timely decisions.
“With this contract, and together with NSW Health, we will work to bring more value for patients by consolidating imaging needs, improving healthcare diagnostics and opening doors for integrated diagnostics and new technologies such as AI,” president of Sectra Australia and New Zealand Bart Thielen said in a statement.
Vendor-neutral archiving allows different types of images to be stored and readily retrieved without the need for conversion from proprietary formats.