Sectra’s cloud offering enables a unified consolidation strategy for the whole stack for imaging needs. And that’s just what physicians and clinicians want and appreciate.
“The single biggest thing from a radiologist’s point of view is that the system is now much faster,” says Jim Carmichael, MD, a pediatric radiology and clinical lead for PACS at Guys’ and St. Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust in the United Kingdom. The organization deployed cloud in 2017. [The first NHS PACS in the cloud – faster, safer reporting at Guy’s and St Thomas’]
“It delivers images quickly,” he says. “The configurability of the system allows us to send imaging to the specific group of sub-specialists who report it. That is a complicated thing to do, but the system is sufficiently configurable that we can do that.”
Driving efficiency, driving performance
Cloud enables care delivery anywhere, anytime, to any patient, at a controlled cost. It’s the path forward in 2022. Cloud and the services wrapped around it change the way imaging departments work by harnessing control of their vast image volumes and improving access.
The game changer is the way Fredrik Gustavsson, Sectra’s CTO, describes it, in terms of reducing complexity in hardware and software across enterprise imaging. “Hardware refreshes are done, software is managed as a service, so it’s always up to date,” he says. “Healthcare organizations can scale as they need, now and for future growth. We take on the heavy IT lift so internal folks focus on more key parts of medical care.”
When you ask users who’ve paired cloud technology and services, they talk about the ease of transitioning quickly, “fewer headaches” and greater performance. And few forget to mention the peace of mind that comes from no longer needing to anticipate hardware refreshes and automatic upgrades and updates. Enterprise imaging is always state of the art. The cloud is always growing and scaling so it can accommodate the surge in artificial and augmented intelligence projects; both commercial installs and internal research projects.
“There’s no need to wait for provisioning of hardware to add AI or other ‘ologies,” Gustavsson notes. “We can do very rapid provisioning to bring on new servers and new resources. That alleviates all the friction for end-users wanting to get projects rolling. They can, very quickly.”
“Scalability is nearly unlimited,” Nilsen adds. “Controlling the whole delivery of data, we can change and respond to changing needs quickly. Just like physicians need to respond quickly to patient and other providers’ needs. That’s the true reason organizations are looking to the cloud to solve so many challenges.”
And the benefits they see are real, vast and far reaching. Many healthcare systems are currently adopting enterprise imaging as a cloud service. More still have learned that it’s not just a matter of changing on-prem installations to an external hosting party. The sum becomes greater than its parts with the right combination of cloud, software and a fully managed service—bringing the true benefits of the cloud that the industry has promised healthcare for many, many years.
This article was originally published in Health Imaging, May 2022.