Professor Bart Sijnave, Chief Information Officer at UZ Gent explains: â€œLike many global healthcare providers, the push is to reduce the duration of stays, increasing the focus on the chain of information and ensuring that patient care is enhanced through good communication and the appropriate level of care provided by the right professional.
continues: â€œWeâ€™ve worked with PACS
in Radiology for the last five years, and now there is no film used anywhere in the hospital- even surgery is completed using digital imaging.Â We decided we needed a central storage system, one where all multimedia could be deposited, easily accessed, and shared, regardless of the department from which it originated.â€
As the largest single campus university hospital in Belgium, UZ Gent
employs six thousand people, housing 1062 patient beds.
The hospital focuses on the number of patients cared for and the throughput of day patients- in 2008 the hospital completed more than 101,000 procedures.
The continuation of this upward trend will rely on optimised care being provided at every stage of patient recovery.
UZ Gent wanted the ability to store multimedia and emerging imaging technology.Â Professor Sijnave needed a hospital-wide system that was more than just a bolted together jumble of software; it needed to be able to communicate with every caregiver, to be able to share information using a vendor-independent platform and the system it chose had to support that efficiently, moulding itself to the working practices at UZ Gent.
has designed a renowned data workflow engine that is now at work in some of the biggest health maintenance organisations and hospitals in the world.
This made it the obvious choice for Professor Sijnave
Professor Bart Sijnave, describes his vision: â€œPatient care will increasingly involve a multi-discipline approach, with teams working together to provide the most comprehensive care package possible.Â The theory sounds easy but in practice has traditionally broken down due to poor information exchange, particularly with the sharing of patient records.â€