The dearth of radiologists at NHS in the U.K remains a challenge. The unmanageable workloads is only increasing the stress of the workforce.
Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust (PAHT) is one particular hospital that has witnessed augmented demand for services. It is located at the south-east of the U.K. the radiology department of this hospital has witnessed a 10% rise year on year in referrals for imaging.. Established in 1965, the trust takes care of a local population of more than 350,000 people. It operates across three different sites, namely Essex Hospital, St Margaret’s Hospital and Herts, and the Princess Alexandra Hospital.
Imaging Systems Gathers Traction in the Accident and Emergency Environment
In the year 2017, a team that had its existing contract up for renewal, set off to obtain a brand new Picture Archiving and Communication System (PACS). This team wanted to do away with some of the challenges faced by the hospital staff, such as absence of quality control, poor interoperability.
According to Stephen Townrow, imaging systems manager at the NHS trust, the presence of an imaging system could prove to be a vital element in the accident and emergency environment. It would also be vital in the running of a hospital as well.
In October 2017, four vendors got an opportunity for tender and a five year contract was penned with Agfa Healthcare for the employment of Enterprise Imaging for Radiology technology. India based Agfa Healthcare has also been their previous supplier.According to Agfa Healthcare, the contract comprised business intelligence, the XERO Enterprise Viewer, reporting and advanced clinical applications, scalable vendor-neutral archive, and emotional intelligence (EI) for radiology. The contract was to have one single platform for all hospitals to have access to all the information. The project went live in April, the following year.