Acuo Technologies VNA Chosen by Salisbury, Wight and South Hampshire Domain
NHS Trust Consortium
LONDON, March 4, 2013
- Large multi-hospital contract is latest in a series of recent Universal
Clinical Platform wins in the U.K.
LONDON, March 4, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Acuo Technologies®, a world leader in
high-performance software and services for clinical content management and
data migration, announced today that it has been awarded the vendor neutral
archive (VNA) and data migration contract for the Salisbury, Wight and South
Hampshire (SWASH) Domain NHS Trust consortium. Acuo will work with Philips
Healthcare and technology partners Sectra and HSS to implement a multi-site,
federated VNA, featuring fully-distributed data management with centralized
administration, to be shared across the six NHS trusts in the SWASH
consortium. This contract follows closely on the heels of large recent Acuo
awards in the U.K. that include the national VNA platform for Wales and the
regional Sussex and Surrey Consortia group contract.
The SWASH consortium chose Acuo's Universal Clinical Platform VNA via Philips
Healthcare, along with the Sectra PACS and HSS radiology information systems
to deliver a region-wide medical imaging IT system. The NHS trusts in the
consortium include Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust, Isle of Wight NHS Trust,
Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust, Solent NHS Trust, Southern Health NHS
Foundation Trust, and University Hospital Southampton. Under the contract, all
NHS hospitals and clinics in the SWASH consortium will be connected to the
Acuo VNA for long-term clinical content management of both DICOM and non-DICOM
The Acuo VNA gives the NHS consortium a new platform for extensive radiology
study growth along with the capability to manage data from other clinical
departments. Under the contract, Acuo will be responsible for migrating
existing clinical image data, including several million patient studies, from
the existing trust PACS archives. Once the Acuo VNA system is integrated with
Sectra and HSS applications and commissioned for production use, it will
manage over a million new studies annually. A key goal of the SWASH solution
is to provide seamless transfer of images across the region by July 2013. The
Acuo VNA will function as the underlying infrastructure to facilitate
immediate viewing of all clinical content captured by the participating
trusts. Additionally, the new system will share images with healthcare
providers in other areas of the U.K.
In a December 2012 eHealth Insider article by Rebecca Todd, Dr. Mark
Griffiths, clinical lead for the SWASH consortium, said: "As a clinically-led
consortium, we understand the issues the NHS has with regard to transferring
patient information between hospitals. It is our aim to ensure the systems we
implement put the patient at the centre of everything we do and maximise
utilization of the region's resources to improve our patients' care."
"We are delighted to be chosen as the VNA supplier for this prestigious
contract," said Mark O'Herlihy, EMEA Business Manager for Acuo Technologies.
"It further validates our investment in the U.K. market and establishes Acuo
as the clear VNA market leader with our other recent wins in the region. We
look forward to working with our partners to deliver another modern clinical
content management solution for the NHS."
About Acuo Technologies
Acuo Technologies, now part of Lexmark's Perceptive Software (NYSE: LXK), was
founded in 2000 with the objective of developing the first enterprise-wide
collaborative Universal Clinical Platform (UCP) solution for medical image
content, both DICOM and Non-DICOM. Today, Acuo supports implementations of UCP
around the world, including locations in Africa, Australia, Europe, North
America and South America. For more information on providing superior clinical
content management and data migration while simplifying operations and
reducing costs, visit www.acuotech.com .
DICOM is the registered trademark of the National Electrical Manufacturers
Association for its standards publications relating to digital communications
of medical information.
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