NSLHD News February 25

ris-pacs roll out Clinicians will soon have access to enhanced diagnostic services allowing for quick access to images and results, as part of an upgrade in medical imaging across the district. The Radiology Information System and Picture Archiving and Communication System (RIS-PACS) will be rolled out to both Northern Sydney and Central Coast Local Health Districts in April-May 2021. These systems will be replacing the GE Centricity, improving system reliability as this system is near end of life. The go live dates for each site are: • Ryde Hospital – 7 April • Hornsby and Mona Vale hospitals – 13 April • RNSH – 25 May To hear more about how RIS-PACS will benefit, we spoke to Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Hospital’s acting Chief Radiographer Tinashe Shongorisho: What is RIS-PACS for those who have heard about it but don’t know what it means? RIS – Radiology Information Systems. This system receives imaging orders from eMR and is where patient information is recorded, examinations scheduled, examination performance is tracked, and procedure billing occurs. PACS - is a picture archiving and communications system. This system is where images and reports are electronically stored and exam reports will be generated, instead of using the old method of manually filing and retrieving of films. Describe the benefits of RIS-PACS? It is a more reliable ordering system, removing the reliance on printing paper request forms to move towards a paper light workflow; enhanced patient transport with tracking visibility; improved scheduling of appointments, with SMS notifications and reminders for outpatient appointments; a single patient view in the PACS with comparison images/reports accessible across all participating local health districts. Skype for Business integration enables improved communication and sharing of images with radiologists off site; the ability to build educational libraries with keywords and anonymised images for teaching and research.

Tinashe Shongorisho from Hornsby Hospital

Clinicians will have access to a new web- based image viewer called Uniview which will have additional functionality and features not available in the current GE Centricity. Will Medical Imaging Services need to change its business processes? Medical imaging will be able to streamline current business processes which will see faster and more efficient workflows. This will be seen from when the imaging order is received, all the way to when the report is finalised and sent to the referring team. This will provide improved patient care and service delivery. More detail around how the change may affect departments will be communicated in the coming months. In the meantime, for more information refer to the RIS-PACS intranet page; http://intranet.nsccahs.nswhealth.net/ ClinicalNet/RISPACS/Pages/default.aspx To contact the RIS-PACS project team, please email RNSH – Kate Erdman Katherine.erdman@ health.nsw.gov.au HKH, Ryde and Mona Vale – Stuart Jiang luolin.jiang@health.nsw.gov.au.



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