January 19, 2011 — Clalit Health Services’ implementation of a Carestream Vue picture archive and communications system (PACS) was rated as one of the best IT projects by People and Computers Group, Israel's largest print and online magazine dedicated to IT.
The magazine conducts an annual competition for the best IT projects implemented in Israel. More than 200 projects were submitted for the competition followed by an awards ceremony conducted in late December 2011.
Competition judges provided the following description as the reason they selected Clalit’s Vue PACS implementation as a winning IT solution: “Clalit has implemented a PACS to manage all its image data. The system provides a fail-safe, centralized/distributed architecture with redundancy and manages more than 4.5 million annual exams with a data volume of more than 250 terabytes. The PACS provides instant access to imaging data from anywhere and creates one unified imaging patient file. The implementation of the system has resulted better service to remote communities in Israel."
Earlier in 2010, Clalit received the Israeli Ministry of Health Director General Award for Healthcare Logistics for its enterprise PACS implementation.
Clalit also implemented Vue Connect powered by Carestream SuperPACS so that radiology and patient information can be shared easily across the multi-site, multi-domain enterprise. The enterprise workflow architecture delivers a global patient worklist while maintaining synchronization with each local PACS system. This allows each hospital and imaging center to manage its own imaging data, while also enabling Clalit’s radiology staff to provide sub-specialty reading and consultation across the entire healthcare system.
“Our multi-site, multi-domain PACS was implemented both to achieve greater efficiency in workflow and to deliver better patient care. We wanted a shared image file for each patient in our organization, no matter where the study was performed,” said Dr. Ziv Rosenbaum, director of medical technology at Clalit Health Services.
“Clalit’s enterprise-level workflow includes a shared global worklist for radiologists that includes study prioritization and other advanced capabilities that can improve productivity and patient care,” said Dr. Arnon Makori, radiologist and Clalit’s PACS project manager. “The PACS also allows referring physicians to quickly and easily view imaging studies for their patients.”
Israel's Clalit Health Services is the world’s second-largest HMO, delivering patient care to 4 million members through a nationwide network of 14 hospitals, 39 imaging centers, 1,400 clinics, 400 pharmacies, 37 children’s health centers and 32 women’s health centers.
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