University Hospital of Saint-Etienne, France, Chooses Vue Cloud Services

GENEVA, Switz., Oct. 17―Carestream Health has been chosen by the University Hospital of Saint-Etienne in France to install a CARESTREAM Vue Cloud PACS and Vue Cloud Archive to enable collaboration with other healthcare facilities in the region. The new contract forms part of the hospital’s modernisation strategy and will operate under a “Software-as-a-Service” (SaaS) model.

To oversee the project, a control group has been established consisting of public health and medical-social institutions in the West Rhône-Alpes Health District, GIEs, cooperative health groups and non-profit organisations under 1901 legislation. The group aims to share the purchase of services and equipment enabling medical image archiving, communication and diagnostic services to meet the needs of group members and aid cooperation between these institutions and their partners. The group chose Cloud Based Services for the project instead of capital investment as these services not only enhance productivity and patient care, the fee-per-study structure provides a predictable TCO.  

“The first stage of our competitive dialogue aimed at identifying the technical and economic models that we could use in our project,” said Jean-Christophe Bernadac, Information System Manager at the University Hospital of Saint-Etienne. “We had to take into account the requirement for the solution to be shared, regulations on storing personal medical data and the wide ranging needs and equipment levels of our members. We imposed a service level “standardisation” so that they could all be included in the pooled solution. It became clear that for our project the “service mode” approach offered the best guarantee of success, by virtue of its great adaptability to the needs of the different participants and its capacity for sharing allowing an economy of scale. Outsourcing the platform to Carestream’s approved data centre allows us to fully conform with regulations.”

Three levels of CARESTREAM Vue Cloud Services will be implemented:

  • Distribution of images throughout the enterprise, including advanced reading tools to remote radiologists
  • Vendor-neutral long-term storage as well as data protection and disaster recovery of clinical data such as DICOM images and XDS documents
  • Full PACS functionality for image review, interpretation and storage

“We are particularly pleased to include the University Hospital of Saint-Etienne amongst our customers, said Ludovic d’Apréa, Regional Manager for France, Belgium and Luxembourg, Carestream Health. “This installation not only strengthens our position as a market leader for hosted PACS with more than 70 customers since 2007, it capitalises on the data host certification Carestream obtained in February 2010.”  


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