Go-Live! Chelsea & Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust achieves a successful deployment of Radiology+

After seven months of deployment efforts in these unique times, Soliton IT is delighted to announce the successful implementation of their class-leading RIS Radiology+ into Chelsea & Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

Consisting of two primary hospital sites (Chelsea & Westminster Hospital and West Middlesex University Hospital), the Trust awarded their RIS project to Soliton IT in November 2019. Radiology+ was set to replace the legacy radiology workflow system – RadCentre – with Soliton IT’s UK-leading RIS application, integrating with Sectra PACS. With implementation starting in December 2019 and planned for seven months, both Soliton IT and the Trust worked diligently in their migration, integration, configuration and training workstreams to seamlessly deliver a RIS application during an unprecedented period.

The international pandemic undoubtedly brought some challenges to the installation of a clinical IT system into a hospital environment. Covid-19 significantly increased the Trust’s radiology tasks – introducing new pathways and workflows as a necessity to tackle surges in workload – naturally impacting the overall resource availability for deploying a new system. In addition, the Soliton IT Project Management team could not attend the site for training, testing or to support configuration; all of these critical tasks were to be performed remotely.

Despite the logistical and resource challenges, Soliton IT was still able to demonstrate expert implementation skills and diligence in deploying a radiology system. The RIS had to be delivered within seven months, a period which started during the Christmas holidays and fell mostly during the national lockdown. Technical configuration and training were performed using tele-conferencing facilities and screen sharing, and all-day conference calls were in place for users to log and discuss any issues. Equally, each site had its own Order Comms system, resulting in three OCS feeds into Radiology+, each with their own respective configuration and reference data mapping. Technically, the deployment managed the migration of three million patient records and seven million studies, extracting from two separate instances of RadCentre and importing into a single Radiology+ RIS.

Chelsea & Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust went live with Radiology+ RIS on 29th June 2020 with an expertly-performed remote Go-Live. Soliton IT is delighted to welcome another Trust to #TeamSoliton and gives a special thanks to the Trust and Soliton IT teams for their huge efforts during this challenging time.

Traci Dean, Project Manager, comments:

“Despite being a very unique deployment for everyone, the Trust and Soliton IT teams worked together to achieve the project objectives, meet deadlines and ensure that the implementation would be successful and on time. The willingness and dedication from each team meant that we were able to build relationships together, even remotely, in order to achieve a successful Go-Live.”