The Lapland Hospital District in the northernmost region of the country caters for between a quarter and a third of Finlands territory. This vast area is populated by only 2.5% of the country´s inhabitants - not even 119,000 people live here; every year, however, Lapland - "Lappi" in Finnish - is visited by some 1,800,000 tourists. To provide basic, or even specialized, health services to this disparate population presents a major challenge to local authorities. PACS from VISUS has now turned into a key support tool for health workers in the region.
The PACS developments of the past few years have been primarily focused on the needs of radiology or radiological imaging. In this regard digital diagnosing and archiving are of primary importance; these will be amortized through the reduction of film costs. From the very beginning, Augusta Hospital Bochum together with VISUS Co. has been innovative and also has included the imaging procedures of other departments in the PACS concept.
In radiological diagnostics it becomes more and more important to provide findings in real time to image acquisistion - not only in the hospital but also in the doctors´ practice where the patient is waiting for his/her radiographs and findings to bring to his/her GP. In a film-based radiology the doctor has to make a decision: he is either giving the patient the radiographs to take with them and later on has to duplicate the scans to provide findings which leads to higher costs. Or he finds the scans right afterwards which leads to longer waiting times for patients.
PACS Helps Reduce Workload of Physicians and Nurses, Increases Patient Throughput Catholic Hospital Association Weser-Egge in Germany Digitizes Four Sites with Solution from VISUS
Since September 2009 a PACS helps the Catholic Hospital Association Weser-Egge to optimize the work processes, especially in the inter-site communication of the four acute hospitals.
Individually adjusted hanging protocols make the diagnosis significantly faster and more effectively by standardizations in the process. This allows the station doctors to provide information more quickly to their patients. This saves waiting time. Thus, the number of patients will increase steadily with better and faster processes at the same staffing levels. In the short term the PACS will be expanded and in the next step also photographs of endoscopy and ECG curves will be integrated into the clinical workflow.