Medica, which provides more than a million radiology reports each year to help NHS hospitals deliver timely diagnoses and effective care for patients, has announced it will deploy technology from medical imaging IT and cybersecurity company Sectra.
More than 450 radiologists and reporting radiographers who work with the teleradiology provider will be supported by a new enterprise imaging solution.
Known as a picture archiving and communication system, or PACS, the system will be used by reporters to examine a range of patient imaging, including x-rays and CT scans, and will help them deliver informed reports to hospitals when they need it.
Dr Robert Lavis, radiologist and clinical director at Medica, said: “Our current PACS has served us well for many years but, with our contract ending in 2022, we took the opportunity to evaluate the marketplace.
“Sectra emerged as a clear preference, based not only on the excellent core solution they offer now, but also because of their appetite to partner with us to develop new ways to support our clients in the future.
“We rely heavily on our PACS and this new flexible platform will provide our reporters with excellent reporting tools as soon as it is deployed. Integrated, anatomy-based imaging linking will simplify workflows needed to report cancer-based imaging with automated cross reference to previous studies.
“In addition, Sectra will support Medica to deliver our FutureTech Programme plans over time. For example, it offers the opportunity to easily deploy additional artificial intelligence tools from the Sectra Amplifier Store as part of our Augmented Intelligence programme.”
Workflow allocation tools will automate a number of processes which are currently carried out manually. For example, when an exam is received from an NHS client, the PACS can be configured to automatically populate a worklist for an individual reporter with the specific clinical expertise required for that exam.
The PACS will also integrate directly with Medica’s existing rostering system to make efficient use of staff availability.
Jane Rendall, managing director for Sectra in the UK and Ireland, said: “Our partnership with Medica will help the organisation respond to rising pressures in a crucial area of diagnostics for the NHS.
“Technology can play an important supportive role in improving efficiency and in improving access to scarce expertise. We look forward to progressing this deployment and to helping the hundreds of professionals who will use the system.”