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Delivering a Paperless and Filmless Hospital

Dr Tony Newman Sanders CCIO Croydon Health Services and PACS National Clinical Lead Health & Social Care Information Centre opened today’s Radiology Information Systems & PACS conference with a presentation looking at:

• the role of RIS and PACS in delivering the goal of a paperless NHS: integration with Electronic Patient Record Systems
• supporting a 7 day health service
• further opportunities for redesigning radiology services: including extending services  to weekends and out of hours, and home reporting

Dr Newman-Sanders gave an overview of the recent strategic push towards a paperless and filmless NHS and explored the particular role that diagnostic imaging systems have played thus far and how we can continue to lead change while shaping the future of our specialty.

Dr Newman-Sanders provided the background to becoming paperless and filmless and the plans for achieving this.  He provided an overview of PACS and Radiology Information Systems and how to maximise the benefits of integration with Electronic Patient Records.  He finished his presentation with a look at the role of CCIO based on his own experience. 

In his presentation Dr Newman-Sanders commented;

- so much data now, it would be impossible without PACs
- no going back to film, it's an evolution of the brain
- DICOM standard: this made the difference but now need to rethink the standards, DICOM is now almost a blocker
- 'open source PACs', this is maturing now, should be viable in 18 months
- e-refer: should have been launched last month, will be very important in the future
- long way to go before we have any Realtime bed state
- very hard to meet the standard of 24 hour turnaround
- 'Image Exchange Portal', very grateful to them for providing a robust network. So much more than linking 3rd party services to health

Dr Newman-Sanders' full presentation is available for download at the end of this page.

Dr Newman-Sanders read Medicine at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge and the Royal London Hospital. He trained in General Medicine on the Bart’s Rotation and then in Renal Medicine at St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington.  While at St Mary’s he decided to pursue a career in Clinical Radiology, acquiring his CCST in 1998.  He was appointed Consultant Radiologist at Mayday Healthcare NHS Trust (now Croydon Health Services) in February 1998.  He oversaw the establishment of the MRI Unit and has since developed and continues to lead the musculoskeletal imaging service. 

He was appointed Clinical Director for Diagnostics and Cancer Services in 2007 and in 2009, became Clinical Director for Emergency Services. He was Medical Director at Croydon Health Services from 2011-2013.

He sits on the Professional Support and Standards Board of the RCR and represents the College on the Informatics Group of the Academy of Royal Colleges.

Since 2006 he has been Clinical Lead to the Connecting for Health (now HSCIC)  National Picture Archiving and Communications Systems (PACS) Programme.

He is Chief Clinical Information Officer for the South London Health Improvement Network, The South London Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC) and CCIO for Croydon Health Services NHS Trust.

Future events on interest:

Digital Data Capture: Capturing Clinical & Patient Generated Data in a Paperless NHS
Wednesday 21 January 2015 
Hallam Conference Centre, London

Electronic Document Management in Healthcare: Delivering a Paperless NHS
Monday 2 February 2015 
ICO Conference Centre, London

Electronic Prescribing In Hospitals: Moving Forward
Wednesday 22 April 2015 
ICO Conference Centre, London

Developing Patient Accessible Electronic Patient Records
Wednesday 29 April 2015 
ICO Conference Centre, London


Download: Dr Newman-Sanders full presentation

9 December 2014

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