Overview of the PACS procurement project within South West London

Tony Corkett

Abstract


Picture Archiving and Communications Systems (PACS) as the future of radiology is generally accepted, but the challenge is how to deliver this technology to meet the needs of the changing NHS and support evolving patient care packages. Within South West London there is also the challenge of affordability: PACS is not a cost-neutral solution and requires substantial funding support from both secondary and primary care. It is to overcome these issues that a new approach has been taken within South West London. The six service providers have formed a consortium to procure a single sectorwide PACS system to meet the needs of the sector as a whole and deliver the system at the most affordable cost. The project is still in its early stages but, to date, all of the providers are working together and the procurement process is under way. Remaining challenges include funding the project following Shifting the Balance of Power changes, the networking to support the project, and patient identification within a multi Patient Administration System/Radiology Information System (PAS/RIS) environment.4

Keywords


master patient index (MPI); networking; sector PACS

Full Text:

PDF


DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.14236/jhi.v10i4.258

Refbacks

  • There are currently no refbacks.


This is an open access journal, which means that all content is freely available without charge to the user or their institution. Users are allowed to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of the articles in this journal starting from Volume 21 without asking prior permission from the publisher or the author. This is in accordance with the BOAI definition of open accessFor permission regarding papers published in previous volumes, please contact us.

Privacy statement: The names and email addresses entered in this journal site will be used exclusively for the stated purposes of this journal and will not be made available for any other purpose or to any other party.

Online ISSN 2058-4563 - Print ISSN 2058-4555. Published by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT