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Kingston Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

a VNA approach can lay the ground work for a truly integrated electronic patient record

Kingston Hospital NHS Foundation Trust says this will provide us with the basis to share patient information and radiology images more easily within the Trust and with other London hospitals

Maidenhead, UK – 14 January 2015 – Content management leader SynApps Solutions has today announced that London’s Kingston Hospital NHS Foundation Trust will use its VNA (Vendor Neutral Archive) platform to secure transparent and safe access to images and patient information throughout a patient care pathway.

SynApps has signed a ten-year contract to supply a VNA Clinical Content Store and ECM (Enterprise Content Management) Platform.

The solution comprises the VNA, an emerging standards-based way of extending PACS (Picture Archiving and Communications System) services to incorporate DICOM and other format content to make the sharing of medical data easier for clinicians, as well as making patient records available across any combination of service providers – within both the NHS and beyond. The solution also incorporates XDS Repository/Registry cross-document sharing capability, which Kingston can use to create electronic patient records that can be readily accessed by doctors.

The need for a PACS system is driven by the fact that most patients undergo radiology examinations as part of routine diagnosis and treatment process for their illness or injury. The management and communication of the resulting images and information rapidly and efficiently with healthcare stakeholders is increasingly being seen as central to delivering high quality patient care, according to NHS England.

“We feel we are making real a long-term vision of VNA and electronic data and content management all living in one unified repository with the SynApps solution,” confirmed Norman Harling, Deputy Director of Information Management & Technology at Kingston Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

“We are delighted to be helping Kingston improve the availability of patient information and radiology images to Kingston clinicians and eventually to other London hospitals through our VNA,” added SynApps Solutions’ Managing Director, Jim Whitelaw.

“What makes a VNA-based solution so powerful is that we know it works, we know it’s in place – and that a VNA approach can lay the ground work for a truly integrated electronic patient record as demanded by the NHS 2018 Paperless challenge.

“The interest and take up of the solution by UK Trusts is testament to the VNA approach’s huge potential.”

About Kingston Hospital

Kingston Hospital supports around 350,000 people in the surrounding area including Kingston, Richmond, Roehampton, Putney and East Elmbridge. We were the first acute Trust in south west London to gain Foundation Trust status when we were authorised in May 2013.

We have approximately 520 beds and directly employ around 2,750 staff with another 300 staff employed by contractors but working on behalf of the Trust. Our main site is the Kingston Hospital site but we also run a number of outpatients clinics in the community, including in Raynes Park, Surbiton, Queen Mary's Roehampton and Teddington. We provide a full range of diagnostic and treatment services and our flagship services include maternity, day surgery and care for patients with dementia.

About SynApps

SynApps is an independent services and solutions company specialising in Enterprise Content Management (ECM) technologies. Founded in 2003 by former Documentum services professionals, the company provides consultancy, implementation and support services for EMC Documentum, and has authored a suite of content integration solutions, ConXApps, that allow businesses to quickly maximise their investment in ECM technologies.
Organisations across healthcare, government and commercial markets rely on SynApps solutions and services to capture and share knowledge more dynamically and efficiently.

Find out more at synapps-solutions.com, or follow the firm on Twitter @Synappssol

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