NSW Health has signed a proof of concept agreement with Swedish international medical imaging IT and cybersecurity firm Sectra, to supply a large-scale enterprise imaging IT solution following a competitive tender process.

The goal is to provide 10 local health districts and NSW Pathology with a consolidated imaging IT infrastructure and allow for increased efficiency by seamless sharing of images and information across departments and locations.

NSW Health, Australia’s largest public health system, has articulated the need for a consolidated medical image (PACS) and information (RIS) solution with the ability to collaborate around medical images and information state-wide.

The hospitals taking part manage a joint volume of around three million imaging exams per year.

Procurement of a PACS/RIS shared platform will support NSW Health’s aim to deliver world-class integrated clinical care. 

“We are happy to confirm that Sectra has been selected as the preferred vendor for the PACS/RIS solution for 10 Local Health Districts and NSW Pathology,” Chief Executive of eHealth NSW and Chief Information Officer for NSW Health Dr Zoran Bolevich said.

“The solution was selected by clinicians, radiology subject matter experts and ICT professionals, which ensures that the best available solution will be delivered to support our highly skilled clinical staff in providing excellent patient care. We expect that the solution will also provide significantly improved capability for result notification, scheduling and secure sharing of images across the health system.”

After the proof of concept phase has been completed, NSW Health plans to sign a 10-year contract with Sectra for the implementation and ongoing support of a RIS/PACS package, according to Sectra.

According to Sectra, its enterprise imaging portfolio provides a unified strategy for all imaging needs and improves patient outcome while lowering operational costs.

More than 1700 hospitals, clinics and imaging centres worldwide now use Sectra systems, making the Linköping, Sweden-based firm one of the world’s leading providers of IT solutions for managing medical images and patient information.

The company commands a market-leading position in Sweden, Norway, the Netherlands and Portugal, holds a prominent position in the UK and is now growing in the US.

Sectra has delivered some of the largest installations of medical IT systems worldwide and its systems have been installed in North America, Scandinavia and most major countries in Europe and the Far East.

Originally published on HIMSS Insights, a sister publication of HITNA.

 

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