Western Australia Minister for Health Roger Cook
Western Australian Patients To Benefit From New Medical Imaging System
Victor P Taffa
- Replacement of the Western Australian medical imaging system begins
- New $47.2 Million clinical IT solution to support timely patient care
- Key initiative of the Western Australian Health Digital Strategy 2020-2030
Western Australian health system will benefit from an improved medical imaging and storage system, with a contract worth $47.2 Million awarded today. A contemporary medical imaging system is key to providing world-class care.
“New medical imaging system is another way the McGowan Government is putting patients first. It means all clinicians in Western Australian public hospitals will have access to a centralised platform to view medical images and offers immediate sharing of time-critical diagnostic imaging such as X-rays and MRI’s.” Minister for Health Roger Cook said.
“It is essential to ensure our hospitals are using modern and effective technology to access diagnostic images and reports in a timely manner because it improves patient care.”
Contract is part of the McGowan Government’s focus on putting patients first and was awarded to Canon Medical Systems ANZ Pty Limited.
New medical imaging system will replace the existing Picture Archiving and Communication System/Radiology Information System (PACS/RIS) which has reached its end-of-product life.
Scheduled for implementation by 2022, the new system will provide Western Australian Public Hospitals with a centralised platform for radiology reports and images for X-rays, CT scans, MRI’s, ultrasounds and nuclear medicine.
A key design feature will be a Vendor Neutral Archive (VNA), which will provide a digital storage solution for all clinical images, photographs and videos that can be securely shared between clinicians at different hospitals.
VNA platform will enable access and sharing of time-critical diagnostic imaging and information in various digital formats regardless of their location, supporting safer and timely patient care.
This digital storage solution will be a key enabler of the electronic medical record outlined in the WA Health Digital Strategy 2020-2030.
Development of the new medical imaging system will commence immediately, and commissioning is planned for early 2021 over a 12-month period.
Investment in this initiative aligns with the Sustainable Health Review recommendation to develop and implement innovative approaches to sharing patient-level data across public health service providers.
This contract is part of a $127.7 Million budgeted funding commitment to improve clinical imaging across the Western Australian health system over the next decade.
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