Four NHS Trusts have recently selected a Vendor Neutral Archive (VNA) content platform as a standards-based route for next generation patient data handling.
The healthcare organisations have opted for a solution which is based on the Enterprise Content Management System (ECMS) Documentum from EMC Corporation and provided by content management firm SynApps Solutions.
At Croydon, clinicians are using the VNA to drive paperless initiatives and eventually store all kinds of patient information within the system, not just image-based data.
According to staff at Croydon Health Services, the open source, non-proprietary nature of the SynApps VNA is a huge advantage that removes previous limitations.
Meanwhile, at Kingston, the VNA is enabling better sharing of patient information and radiology images and the end goal is a “master patient record” which will allow healthcare staff to access all patient data from digital imaging and communications from various departments to general medical information.
At Northampton General Hospital NHS Trust, the VNA will initially include PACS (Picture Archiving and Communication System) images but will grow over time.
“Our new SynApps on-site VNA has a zero-footprint viewer, which means clinicians and ultimately patients can look at images on any device, including tablets,” claimed deputy director of ICT at Northampton Christina Malcolmson.
“At the moment, that’s just PACS images – but we will grow it and include other images and documents, so we can have a full EPR over time,” she added.
“We are delighted to be working with our key technology partner EMC to help these NHS bodies get ready for a truly 21st century approach to Health IT provision,” claimed SynApps Solutions Managing Director Jim Whitelaw.
“We are proud to collaborate with SynApps to deliver a proven, enterprise-class, joint solution focused on enabling the NHS transformation toward a truly patient-centred healthcare,” added Michael Graetz, VP of EMEA Healthcare sales Enterprise Content Division, EMC.