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Testimonial | Mater Health Services, Australia
Australian hospital deploys Carestream’s
Vue for Vendor Neutral Archiving t...
Testimonial | Mater Health Services, Australia
After deploying CARESTREAM Vue PACS at
Mater, the next step was to implemen...
Testimonial | Mater Health Services, Australia
Mater Health Services comprises seven
hospitals, health centres, a world-cl...
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Mater Health Services Deploys Vendor Neutral Archive

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Mater Health Services Deploys Vendor Neutral Archive

  1. 1. Testimonial | Mater Health Services, Australia Australian hospital deploys Carestream’s Vue for Vendor Neutral Archiving to store and view all types of clinical data from a universal location across the organisation As a major innovator in the delivery of clinical services, Mater Health Services in Queensland, Australia, is considered a leader in its field and has a well-established strategic plan, which incorporates technology into its business. Mater has a long history of clinical innovation. “We were the first private hospital in Queensland and one of the first public hospitals. Mater offers care through public and privately funded adult, women’s and children’s services,” says Steven Parrish, CIO and Executive Director, Information and Infrastructure, Mater Health Services. Mater is a mission-based organisation, adds Mr Parrish. “Our mission is key to what we do. We are about meeting unmet needs, and everything that we do around Mater focuses on achieving that mission. As we offer both public and privately funded services, we have a lot of flexibility in the way we approach things. It also means that we can try things out in both healthcare environments. This gives us a lot of validity when it comes to how we work and the outcomes we achieve.” Because of this approach, Mater has become a leader in its field. “Mater has become a leader because every decision we make is around our mission and our vision. We have to show that any solution – whether it's technological or not – meets our mission and values. So over the past 10 years, we've developed a lot of Information Communication Technology (ICT) capability; we reviewed what we had and developed an ICT strategic plan, which was signed off by the executive team and board. We deliver against that plan,” says Mr Parrish. Like many hospitals, Mater has a Picture Archiving and Communication System (PACS) that stores and manages clinical images, but it was ready to take the next step in improving workflows to access those images across the organisation. Mr Parrish states that “the CARESTREAM Vue PACS system has clinical buy-in. The clinicians view the images they want, where they want, and when they want. That's a key driver for us – providing our clinicians with the right information to make the right clinical decisions at the right time.” Vue for Vendor Neutral Archiving – powerful, flexible, reduces costs The Vendor Neutral Archive (VNA) is a powerful and flexible IT solution developed by Carestream to meet the information- management challenges of healthcare organisations. The VNA has the ability to bring together disparate systems across a healthcare enterprise. CARESTREAM Vue for Vendor Neutral Archive is a powerful and flexible combination of archive and viewer that satisfies the information-management challenges of an evolving healthcare industry. It reduces operating costs while enhancing patient care. The archive preserves information in a neutral format, and is available across the enterprise for access.
  2. 2. Testimonial | Mater Health Services, Australia After deploying CARESTREAM Vue PACS at Mater, the next step was to implement the VNA, Mr Parrish says. “The key driver for us was around electronic images. It was about taking our film-based imaging services into an electronic world. We already had a PACS for our CT and MRI, but we decided that wasn't meeting our needs. We then decided that we'd find something that could encompass all the imaging modalities that we had at Mater to give us more value than just a filmless radiology department.” For Mater, implementing PACS and VNA was part of a future strategy for expansion. “One of the key drivers initially was to store radiology images. However, we are now finding that more than 60 percent of everything stored in VNA is no longer radiology-specific. We very much see the VNA as a core part of our imaging modality, archiving, and viewing strategy. In simple terms, any image at Mater should be within the CARESTREAM PACS and VNA systems, because that is the single point for clinicians to access and view anything that is image-related to a patient.” This accessibility, from one universal repository at the point of care, was an important part of Mater’s decision to use the Carestream systems. Mr Parrish explains, “For us, the VNA is about provision of any image at any time. We've used it very much as a single place to store and archive anything that has an image attached to it, which we were never able to do before.” VNA is about more than archiving – it’s improving workflow and access The VNA seamlessly consolidates disparate imaging systems into one repository using the latest interoperability standards. Combined with CARESTREAM Vue Motion (a universal image viewer), the Vue Archive VNA provides secure, real-time imaging, accessible at an enterprise level and beyond. This universal accessibility ties in with Mater’s mission, says Mr Parrish. “Mater is committed to a holistic approach to healthcare in response to changing community needs, which include those outside of our core campus. We are currently building a new Mater Private Hospital at Springfield. It is an 84-bed hospital but master-planned for up to1200 beds. We are looking at how we engage with communities to better their health outcomes. We are looking at breaking down the walls between acute care and primary care and making sure that we work together for the best outcome for the patient.” VNA is all about improving enterprise workflow and access, in what is usually a sprawling IT ecosystem. “At Mater, we previously had very siloed image- collection centres. We now have it all centralised so that our staff can see all the videos from theatre, all our ophthalmology photos and videos, all the patient photos from a wound perspective – all of this is in our VNA for viewing at any time,” adds Mr Parrish. Using a zero-footprint universal viewer enables multiple users to collaborate across the continuum of care. This is an added benefit of VNA, explains Mr Parrish. “Our clinicians have the ability to access data internally or remotely. This has reduced their need to come into the hospital after-hours because they have the information available to hand.” 2
  3. 3. Testimonial | Mater Health Services, Australia Mater Health Services comprises seven hospitals, health centres, a world-class medical research institute, and pathology and pharmacy businesses – all with one aim – to provide exceptional care. A Catholic not-for-profit ministry, Mater is committed to a holistic approach to healthcare in response to ever-changing community needs. With more than 7500 exceptional staff and volunteers, a commitment to clinical care, research and education, Mater is able to offer a comprehensive range of services to meet the needs of the community. Carestream’s Vue Archive seamlessly consolidates disparate imaging systems into one repository using the latest interoperability standards. Combined with CARESTREAM Vue Motion – a zero- footprint universal image viewer – it provides secure, real-time imaging access across the healthcare enterprise. carestream.com ©Carestream Health, Inc., 2014. CARESTREAM is a trademark of Carestream Health. CAT 300 1045 12/14

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