by John R. Fischer
, Senior Reporter | April 27, 2022
GE Healthcare has agreed to supply Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (HHFT) in the U.K. with equipment for the next 10 years to enhance the quality of its radiology services and patient care.
The company will provide radiology managed service (RMS) for 120 pieces of equipment, a command center and an oncology cockpit to speed up cancer diagnosis. It will oversee the installation and maintenance of radiology equipment including MR, CT and ultrasound.
The deal applies to all hospitals under HHFT, including Andover War Memorial Hospital, Basingstoke and North Hampshire Hospital, and Royal Hampshire County Hospital in Winchester. Together, they serve 600,000 people, according to the Andover Advertiser
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“Our vision is to provide outstanding care for every patient. To do that we need to bring innovation and investment into our hospitals and our clinical teams. “This partnership will not only give us access to advanced radiology equipment, but it will also enable faster, more accurate diagnosis and reduce waiting times for patients,” Alex Whitfield, chief executive of the Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said in a statement.
HHFT expects the partnership to aid in its objective to find and deliver faster diagnoses to patients. The healthcare system will use GE’s oncology cockpit to keep track of diagnostic demand and capacity constraints and to help staff avoid potential delays in cancer care. It also will use it to simplify patient workflow, reduce waste and enable faster diagnoses.
The command center’s advanced analytics will allow HHFT to operate in near real-time and will help clinicians manage patients in radiology, outpatient and inpatient care. Other hospitals worldwide with the solution say that it has helped decrease length of stays for patients, increased efficiency and improved staff satisfaction.
Additionally, GE will extract and integrate data from scanners and radiological information systems to create visuals of the imaging pathway from referral to report. This will help the hospitals better manage their clinical, operational and financial outcomes, as well as optimize the capacity and performance of every piece of equipment and the system as a whole. The result will be a streamlined patient pathway, with HHFT’s radiologists able to provide better outcomes to patients.