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McKesson and HSE Win Techexcellence 2014 Awards

-NIMIS awarded Public Sector IT Project of the Year-

19.05.14: McKesson Imaging & Workflow Solutions and the Health Service Executive have been recognised for delivering the ‘Public Sector IT Project of the Year’ at this year’s TechExcellence Awards. The National Integrated Medical Imaging System (NIMIS) has been described as ‘transformational’ for the health and welfare of the Irish Population, and it is the only national radiology IT infrastructure of its kind globally.

“In NIMIS, Ireland has one of the most advanced and integrated radiology IT infrastructures in the world,” commented Ray Cahill, executive director, International Operations Group, McKesson.  “We are delighted that NIMIS has been recognised for the level of innovation it is delivering and for the size and scope of the project.”

NIMIS was named the Public Sector IT Project of the Year because it was seen to represent an important step toward helping ensure the highest patient safety standards across the healthcare system.  Its wide-reaching impact is already contributing significantly to the experience of the patient, the healthcare professionals and radiology staffs.  In addition, the system benefits the operational workings of the entire hospital system.

The project incorporates RIS (Radiology Information System), PACS (Picture Archiving and Communication System) and voice recognition software, which is implemented in 31 hospitals across Ireland. A further eight are scheduled to go live within the next year, which will account for nearly 80% of the public hospitals across Ireland.

NIMIS gives medical professionals greater access to the diagnostic information they need to care for the patient than previously available. The choice of the HSE to connect all of the hospitals on a single database creates an environment that provides access to past images and medical information for patients in a controlled and secure way.  In addition to removing a barrier that has impeded eHealth progress in the past, more importantly, NIMIS streamlines the movement of patients through the acute health system.

Equally as important, the NIMIS programme has been able to harness the capabilities of hospital staff themselves, throughout all of the Public Healthcare system, to own the project management, workflow consultancy, testing, training and deployment tasks to deliver an enterprise solution for their hospitals.  This benefit lays a solid foundation for the important eHealth projects that are to come in Ireland.

NIMIS facilitates:

  • Ease of access to patient records within a rapid timeframe.  Clinicians throughout the healthcare system, across different sites, can share patient imaging data where appropriate.  This helps to eliminate the loss of medical images and make patient information available safely and rapidly where and when it's needed, at every stage of the patient journey.
  • Electronic requests for diagnostic tests. By placing requests electronically, clinical information is available to the radiographer and radiologist at the time of the examination.
  • Greater efficiency and productivity.  Radiology staff and the entire hospital system can benefit from fewer repeat exams, faster turnaround for reports, improved clinical consultation and remote referrals of patients with controlled and audited access.
  • Decreased report turnaround time (TAT). Many hospitals have reported a significant reduction in report TATs for radiology investigations, enabling diagnostic decision-making to occur more quickly.

“We truly believe no other project has highlighted the capabilities of so many people in the public sector,” concludes Warren Edwards, vice president Services & Imaging Operations. “NIMIS has been an outstanding application of business technology in the healthcare system, and we are very proud to have been able to deliver.”

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"We are delighted that NIMIS has been recognised for the level of innovation it is delivering and for the size and scope of the project"

Ray Cahill

Executive Director, International Operations, McKesson

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