London's Kingston Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is to use a new content management system to secure access to patient information and clinical images, under a ten year contract with SynApps Solutions.
Kingston Hospital supports around 350,000 people across Kingston, Richmond, Roehampton, Putney, Raynes Park and Surbiton.
Kingston is using the VNA (Vendor Neutral Archive) platform from SynApps Solutions. The VNA is a standards-based way of extending PACS (Picture Archiving and Communications System) services to incorporate DICOM and other format content, to make the sharing of medical data easier for clinicians, as well as making patient records available across any combination of service providers.
The system also incorporates XDS Repository/Registry cross-document sharing capability, which Kingston Hospital says it can use to create electronic patient records that can be readily accessed by doctors.
"We have a long-term vision of VNA and electronic data and content management all living in one unified repository with the SynApps solution," said Norman Harling, deputy director of information management and technology at Kingston Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.
Jim Whitelaw, managing director of SynApps Solutions, said: "A VNA approach can lay the ground work for a truly integrated electronic patient record as demanded by the NHS 2018 Paperless challenge."
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