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- eHealth Insider, Gateshead takes VNA from BridgeHead
Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust, also known as QE Gateshead, has selected BridgeHead Software (BridgeHead), the Healthcare Data Management company, to implement its Vendor Neutral Archive (VNA) for a multi-staged image management project. QE Gateshead is actively taking strategic decisions across the Trust to create a comprehensive electronic patient record (EPR) and is embarking upon a data strategy to help facilitate the EPR of which the VNA plays a significant part.
Localisation of historic and current PACS data
Initially, the project commences with the requirement for QE Gateshead to meet its obligations as it withdraws from the National PACS programme (part of the National Programme for IT (NPfIT)), by taking control of all the PACS data currently residing in the LSP Central Data Store (CDS).
After serving notice on its existing contract that ends in June 2014, QE Gateshead has a limited time to bring its centrally stored image data back under the Trust’s full control. Utilising traditional localisation methods of standard DICOM Query/Retrieve across N3, the Trust was working to an estimated 10-month timeframe to bring all of the data back from the CDS.
However, by working with BridgeHead, the Trust is able to utilise the tape store from its HSM system (put in place as part of the originally specified PACS environment) that contains a copy of all of the Trust’s PACS data archived in the CDS. As a result, taking control of the image studies, by transferring them into the BridgeHead VNA, is estimated at a massively reduced 12 weeks. These timings also include the storing of the latest 12 months of PACS image data, currently stored in the local cache, into the BridgeHead VNA. Finally, the Trust intends to use the BridgeHead VNA as one of the target nodes for new imaging studies created by the go forward PACS. Ultimately, phase one of the project will result in QE Gateshead using BridgeHead’s VNA as its local storage and management repository for all of its historic and current PACS data.
Integrating a new PACS application with the VNA
One of the reasons QE Gateshead selected BridgeHead’s VNA was as a result of its true vendor neutrality – BridgeHead’s VNA has the ability to interface with any PACS applications, regardless of the provider, as well as being able to work with any chosen storage device, irrespective of media or brand. This was very important for QE Gateshead as they plan to replace their PACS application and wanted to avoid vendor lock-in. Consequently, QE Gateshead’s strategy was to ensure that their chosen VNA could be utilised as the target archive for both existing images from the Trust’s current PACS and those created by a new PACS in the future – essentially keeping all of their studies in one place. The implementation of BridgeHead’s VNA will proceed in advance of any PACS replacement to ensure that all archived studies are consolidated into a local, central store, completely under QE Gateshead’s control. This will pave the way for the implementation of the go forward PACS application, once selected.