The X-ray Diagnostic Information System developed by Steria for the Consellería de Sanitat (Health Authority) enables tracing and confirmation of patient appointments, recording of tasks undertaken within each system, composition of the relevant X-ray reports, as well as the generation of statistics on work carried out, all of which is incorporated into the patient’s medical record.
The system is already up and running in five hospitals in the Valencia Autonomous Region.
The contract is valued at 800,000 euros. Steria will, in addition, be responsible for ongoing maintenance over the next two years.
As a result of a public tender, the Valencia Consellería de Sanitat has just awarded Steria a contract for the setting up of an X-ray Diagnostic Information System in the 22 healthcare departments within the Valencia Health Agency (Agencia Valenciana de Salud). As a consequence, over 24 months - the estimated contract period - a total of 29 Valencia public hospitals will be equipped with this system, which has already been installed ahead of time by Steria in the following Valencia hospitals: the La Fe hospital in Valencia, the San Juan de Alicante hospital, the Hospital Gandía and the Dr. Peset hospital.
The X-ray Diagnostic Information System, which is part of the Orion Project for modernising hospital information systems, will enable the integrated management of patient information and the examinations carried out in the various X-ray departments and similar units, in addition to managing the associated process and workflow.
This is an innovative solution that coordinates patient appointments, records all the information relating to the x-ray examinations carried out, gives access at the radiologist’s work station to details on examinations carried out using voice recognition and offers aids to report writing, all of which is incorporated into the PACS system available at the radiologist’s work station, which optimises the deployment of teams, controlling purchasing requirements and generating reports and statistics.
The system, which was used for the first time a year ago in the Valencia La Fe Hospital - one of the biggest in Spain - meets the target set by the Consellería de Sanitat which was to attach the images obtained by the x-ray teams and the hospital records to the patient’s unique identifier in the SIP - Population Information System (Sistema de Información Poblacional).
In fact, the X-ray diagnostic system has been designed by Steria for integration into the HIS, hospital patient management system, and into the PACS, image storage and distribution system, in place in the various centres and with a guarantee as to consistency between them all. Furthermore, to identify patients the following existing databases have been brought into play: the SIP population database, the HIS hospital information system and the PACS database.
As regards technology, this solution is based on J2EE architecture and incorporates the security measures necessary to comply with the LOPD data protection legislation. It has also been designed by Steria to function independently or else integrated into wider systems such as the ORION, electronic clinical, administrative and medical history information system.
Javier Medina, technical coordinator of the Orion Project at the Consellería de Sanitat, explains that “radiology is ever more often seen as a fundamental element to support the diagnosis and the treatment offered to patients. In view of the high cost of the equipment found in x-ray departments, its efficiency is determined by the degree of appropriateness compared to the resources invested and it is here that the new technologies bring the most added value”.
“In view of this -he adds-, we have chosen Steria to develop this project as they have extensive knowledge of our internal processes and they have proven their capability in helping us in our modernisation with totally innovative proposals in other projects such as the design and maintenance of the SIP, population information system, or the creation of the central patient database for the Valencia Autonomous Region and in the integration of Abucasis II into SIP”.
Anna Triska, business development director at Steria Spain, comments that “various other autonomous regions such as Aragon, Asturias, the Balearics, Cantabria, Extremadura, Galicia, Madrid and the Basque Country have relied on Steria as the strategic partner to move ahead with a quality healthcare system that is closer to the patient, modern and accessible, with greater capacity and flexibility when responding to needs. Naturally, the Valencia Autonomous Region has helped us greatly in acquiring all the functional knowledge we now possess regarding the management mechanisms in our country’s public health bodies”.
Steria and healthcare This contract illustrates Steria’s expertise in the European healthcare sector. As a leading partner for public and private healthcare professionals, Steria draws on its three core businesses of consulting, systems integration and managed services to help its customers achieve their goals of improving the quality of healthcare provided and streamlining costs. The challenge lies in improving the management of medical centres, optimising patient care while protecting confidentiality and ensuring that healthcare professionals can share information in real time, via secure, interoperable systems.
Steria has already implemented secure medical data exchange systems for healthcare authorities in Northern Ireland and Sweden, while the Spanish Ministry of Health has called on the group to ensure the interoperability of the various health services of the country’s autonomous regions. In France, the Ministry of Health has a common and unique data repository of medical practioners and healthcare professionals based on Steria DQM (Data Quality Management) and which gives access to a multitude of applications.
In terms of hospital management, Steria has modernised and now operates the information systems of several public and private hospitals, such as the Assistance Publique-Hôpitaux de Paris, the Hospices Civils de Lyon, the Marie Lannelongue hospital, and the Institut Montsouris in France; Mannheim, Kiel and Lübeck university hospitals in Germany; four hospitals in Salzburg, Austria; the San Juan de Dios hospitals, the Mutua de Accidentes hospitals in Saragossa and the San Roque hospital in the Canary Islands, all in Spain; and the Karolinska medical centre in Sweden, the country’s largest hospital.
About Steria: www.steria.com The leading end-to-end IT services provider in Europe for companies which consider new technologies a vital part of their business strategy, Steria focuses on setting up strategic partnerships with its customers in each of its key markets: the public sector, finance, telecommunications, utilities and transport. Steria offers customers integrated services including consulting in core business processes as well as the development and operation of their information systems. In October 2007, Steria acquired the British firm Xansa. The new group employs 19,000 staff in 16 countries, including 5,000 in India. On December 31, 2007, Steria revenue amounted to ¤1.4 billion (¤1.9 billion pro forma). The Group, headquartered in Paris, is listed on the Euronext Paris market.
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