A new RIS – key specifications of seamless data migration and smooth voice recognition
Norfolk & Norwich had firm requirements for the replacement RIS, with basic contracted specifications including value for money and a like-for-like functional replacement for the former TC-Rad system. Feature requirements were more specific; the new application needed to be customisable to the Trust and its respective users and provide assistive features such as urgency grading options, worklists and appointment systems. Technical pre-requisites included an efficient VR engine, integration into their Fuji PACS, internal statistics package and, vitally, seamless migration of old data to the new platform. Along with the NNUH procurement team, Richard sought recommendations from the NHS Supply Chain, who nominated the UK’s only standalone RIS solutions providers – Soliton IT and HSS. He also sought endorsements from his former Trust, St George’s Hospital in London, who advocated the leading RIS developer Soliton IT with its Radiology+ product and second-to-none support service. NNUH assessed both RIS suppliers and ultimately opted for Soliton’s Radiology+ on the evaluative basis of its prestige customisability opportunities, flexible modular structure and truly system-integrated VR.
A Trust recommendation – Radiology+ takes the lead
The Radiology department saw instant results with the chosen solution. The migration of data from TC-Rad to the fresh RIS was a comfortable transition handled well by Soliton’s project management team. Additionally, the solution training programs were expertly appointed and executed to assist department-wide operational confidence within the new system. From a process perspective, the Radiology team saw optimised automation of the department’s tasks with a fully integrated flow of data-entry, VR and reporting actions as opposed to the tiered stages of the legacy RIS.
“A tangible improvement was the entire migration from paper-based appointment scheduling to a totally digitalised system within Radiology+”. Key features also included inter-departmental messaging to improve communications and in-program customisable worklists to assist Radiologist’s working practices and improve time management. Richard also reported greater visibility of departmental demand and capacity – a new requirement that he envisions becoming a standard practice for national Trust operations.