Fuente: www.consultant-news.com Fecha: 18.05.2012
Accenture wins contract extension for medical imaging
LONDON -- Accenture has been awarded a one-year contract extension by the United Kingdom Department of Health to continue to provide Picture Archiving and Communications Systems (PACS) to National Health Service Trusts (NHS) in the North East and East of England/East Midlands that have chosen to extend their current service provision with Accenture. The contract will run until June 30, 2016.
Accenture’s PACS is a community-wide system that is used to electronically capture, view, store and distribute medical imaging (x-rays, MRIs) digitally rather than the old system of printing images onto film. This digital technology has benefitted more than 90 hospitals, helping to improve patient care.
Accenture will continue to manage the Central Data Store, which provides Trusts with a centrally-hosted, long-term image archive, until June 2016. This enables Trusts to postpone costs that would be incurred for ‘data localization’ – the process of moving their large imaging history in-house or to other providers.
Accenture has provided around-the-clock managed PACS service to the NHS since 2005 and this contract extension offers Trusts continuity of service at a time of change.
“PACS is an excellent example of how technology is helping to improve patient care by providing clinicians with easy access to medical images and enabling them to make decisions more quickly. Accenture provides a 24x7 managed service to enhance system stability and improve response time to resolving issues,” said Matt Oakley who leads Accenture's Medical Images Practice in the UK & Ireland. “Accenture is committed to delivering best-in-class, cost-competitive medical imaging solutions over the long-term for the UK.”
Accenture is working closely with Agfa HealthCare, the software supplier for PACS and the Central Data Store, and Hitachi Data Systems, which supplies storage for the Central Data Store, to deliver the service.