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Fujitsu hits NHS Connecting for Health 100% PACS milestone

Fujitsu Services, the Southern Cluster lead in NHS Connecting for Health’s National Programme for IT (NPfIT) has delivered against a major milestone in the programme with its 100 per cent roll out of PACS (Picture Archiving and Communication System) and RIS (Radiology Information System) on time and to budget. Fujitsu is contracted to deliver PACS and RIS to capture, store, display and distribute static and moving digital medical images such as X-rays and scans to enable faster and more accurate diagnosis by clinicians.

March 31, 2007

PACS is enabling a better and safer healthcare experience for a population of 13 million as clinicians are able to diagnose problems more quickly through viewing enhanced digital images which they can then compare to old images or share with colleagues around the world to get a specialist opinion. It is also saving time and money.

The system of capturing and diagnosing x-rays is cut from approximately six to three days and x-rays cannot get lost anymore – something that wasted a lot of time as old x-rays were searched for or patients had to be re-x-rayed. Financially PACS is cutting costs as the old chemical film processing method is eliminated and storage of images is now all digital rather than film.

Consultant Radiologist at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital, Doctor Frank Jewell, commented: "PACS has had a huge impact on the quality of service we can offer as radiologists to clinicians and ultimately patients.

Not just in terms of turnaround times for reports but also our ability to be more efficient with our workloads. Clinicians are no longer locked down to one copy of an image; they can access images anytime and preview past imaging and reports so they can make a fuller and more informed diagnosis.

The turnaround time in clinics is much faster, we can now process in-patient CT scans within 24 hours which means that the stay in hospital for less acute patients is reducing. The benefits we are now experiencing compared to how we previously worked are simply stupendous."

Peter Hutchinson, managing director UK public sector for Fujitsu, commented: “It is a fantastic feeling to be able to deliver, on time and on budget, on a project that is making such a difference to patients and clinical staff alike. The success of PACS across the Southern cluster is a clear demonstration of a Government IT programme that is working and making a difference at the coal face of today’s NHS.”

Key facts:

  • The Southern Cluster is the largest of the five clusters with circa 250,000 NHS employees and a population of 13 million, covering three Strategic Health Authorities (NHS South Central, NHS South West and NHS South East Coast)
  • Since the first installation at West Dorset General Hospitals Trust in April 2005, Fujitsu has installed 38 PACS systems and 33 RIS systems across 167 locations and within 38 Trusts
  • There are over 150 million patient images held in Fujitsu’s UK data centre which is growing on average at a rate of 3 million a week
  • PACS is implemented in conjunction with GE Healthcare and RIS with Healthcare Software Systems (HSS)

About Fujitsu Services

Fujitsu Services is one of the leading IT services companies in Europe, Middle East and Africa . It has an annual turnover of £1.74 billion, (€2.58 billion) employs 14,500 people and operates in over 20 countries. It designs, builds and operates IT systems and services for customers in the financial services, telecom, retail, utilities and government markets. Its core strength is the delivery of IT infrastructure management and outsourcing across desktop, networking and data centre environments, together with a full range of related services, from consulting through integration and deployment. Headquartered in London , Fujitsu Services is the European-centred IT services arm of the Fujitsu Group. The Fujitsu Group is a US$45 billion (€37 billion) leader in customer-focused IT systems and services for the global marketplace.

Date: 31 March, 2007