Getting the picture – faster

The challenge

To effectively diagnose, treat and monitor patients, clinicians require easy access to a variety of images and reports – both new and historic. Image sharing at present however can be a slow and frustrating process, suffering from the inherent delays of a manual process: image retrieval can take up to four hours.

Following the regional implementation of the 100,000 Genomes Project by the West Midlands Genomic Medicine Centre (WMGMC), the need for a more streamlined and integrated method for sharing clinical images became clear. Covering 17 Trusts, many of which have more than one site, WMGMC required a system capable of giving clinicians instant access to the diagnostic images they needed.

The solution

As a Global Digital Exemplar, BHP founder member University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust (UHB) has a reputation for digital excellence, as well as a track record of successful industry collaborations. Working with Insignia Medical Systems, UHB led WMGMC in the development of an ambitious, region-wide image sharing solution to support delivery of the pioneering 100,000 Genomes Project. The project was supported by funding from NHS England, and makes use of Insignia’s industry-leading InSight Sharing Service.

The development of RISP – the Regional Image Sharing Project – brought together regional IT, picture archiving systems, information governance and clinical teams to deliver radical change in the way clinical images are accessed.

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The outcome

RISP is undoubtedly quicker and more effective than legacy image sharing systems. As a regional system, as opposed to a Trust-based server, RISP also facilitates wide multidisciplinary clinical interactions. Collaboration and integration between clinicians is now far simpler, enabling diagnosis and decision making across specialties including oncology and rare diseases – improving patient care and clinical outcomes.