Tuesday, May 11, 2004
X-rays to be stored on computer
"Every hospital in England is to get new X-ray technology designed to speed up diagnosis and treatment.
Health Minister John Hutton announced on Monday that from the summer doctors will be able to look at X-rays electronically rather than on film.
Digital images, such as X-rays and scans, will be stored on computer - enabling them to be sent by email.
This will end the need to physically transfer X-rays or scans by hand from one hospital department to another.
Instead, health workers across the NHS will be able to access the information at the touch of a button.
The system, called PACS - Picture Archiving and Communications Systems - is part of the government's �6bn NHS IT programme.
This will also eventually see patient records being stored electronically and all GPs making hospital appointments for their patients from computers in their surgeries.
PACS technology will begin to be rolled out from this summer through five Local Service Providers (LSPs). National coverage will be completed in three years."
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