Robert Ashby, European Communications Manager, Carestream Health
The IT director and Imaging Manager at the UK’s second largest private healthcare provider, Spire Healthcare, had an interesting challenge. How do you use technology to provide better service for both patients and referring physicians, who have a choice of where to go for care, when your 37 hospitals are on different PACS platforms?
To differentiate their services, Spire sought a secure, PACS and archive-agnostic image viewer that would be accessible from almost any device—predominantly iPads and other tablets—running a Web browser with no local installation or download.
Since January, Spire has been using Carestream’s Vue Motion viewer to allow radiologists and referring physicians to see PACS images from all 37 sites in the Spire network—on the way to the operating room, at the patient bedside or even from home.
I recently had the opportunity to sit down with Stephen Hayward, IT Director, Andrew Milne, Imaging Manager, and Dr. Qaiser Malik, Consultant Radiologist, to talk about their experience with Carestream Vue Motion:
Three professionals with different views on the value of freeing images from the PACS workstation.
IT Director, Stephen Hayward
“There is certainly a huge future in mobile health. Having access to care records and reports on a mobile device at the clinician’s finger tips will be a great boom going forward.”
Imaging Manager, Andrew Milne
“Our consultants can access the system remotely, download, and print without any interaction with my staff. This reduces the traffic into the imaging department and makes our service much more efficient. Staff is free to deal with other matters directly involving patient care.”
Consulting Radiologist, Dr. Qaiser Malik
“The clinician may come across a report and he may want to discuss it with me when I may not actually be there. I can log in to the system wherever I am. He can log in from the hospital and we can both look at the same images at the same time.”
At UKRC this week? Come see Vue Motion in stand 99.