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True Web Based Pacs Brings Immense Benefits

Implementing the Medsynapse RIS-PACS system had been immensely beneficial for GCRI radiologists and referring physicians

Gujarat Cancer & Research Institute (GCRI) established in 1972, is an autonomous body jointly managed by Government of Gujarat and Gujarat Cancer Society (GCS). GCRI is also recognised as a major Regional Cancer Center by Government of India and is a premier institute in the field of cancer care and research in the world.

It has 650 indoor beds and is the largest Cancer hospital of the country. GCRI supports more than 2,00,000 outpatients, 20,000+ inpatients, 15000+ radiation treatments and close to 75,000 imaging and radiology examinations every year.

GCRI had an earlier generation of MiniPACS system which was no longer being supported by the principal company. The system was not able to cope up with the increasing number of studies and workload and in 2010 GCRI was looking for a replacement solution which could be deployed across the hospital. The hospital is fully equipped to cater complete range of diagnostic imaging with Digital Radiography, Ultrasonography (USG), Colour Doppler, Multi slice Computed Tomography (CT), Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), Mammography, PET-CT Scanner, Nuclear Medicine and Interventional radiology. While looking for a PACS system, GCRI had multiple challenges latest technology, scalable solution, should support the high volume workload, customization to suit their workflow, should support teaching & research activities, data migration from existing solution and good local service. Plus all of these challenges had to be overcome within their budget.

Solution

After uating various PACS vendors, GCRI decided to deploy Medsynapse RIS-PACS at their hospital. Medsynapse is a true web based PACS and is developed by Medsynaptic Pvt Ltd, the leader in Indian RIS-PACS market. While making the decision, the radiology department, management and IT made sure that each of their expectations are met by the solution. GCRI based their decision on several factors including the capability of Medsynaptic to offer a technologically advanced and scalable solution as well as rapid deployment. Medsynaptic completed the implementation and data migration including hardware delivery within a span of 2 months. Some customised workflows which had been requested were also delivered within a short period of time. Along with the PACS a solution for providing Teleradiology and advanced visualisation like 3D was also deployed. Medsynapse PACS was connected to all the modalities and all departments including wards, OPDs, OTs etc were able to view images and reports online. Staff training was completed according to the schedule and the system went live in a record time.

Benefits

After deploying Medsynapse RIS-PACS, GCRI experienced several benefits like
True web based experience providing easy access to images/reports to all users across the hospital
Improved workflows and faster reporting
Cost reduction by going filmless
Increased collaboration amongst staff and improved productivity
Comparisons with old studies (important for cancer patients) and searching the large volume of data at the click of mouse
Integrated, flexible reporting system with templates, electronic signature and transcription module
Dashboard for IT department to monitor all activities in the system
MIS reports to get statistical data regarding studies, TAT, radiologist productivity etc
Ability to create image library and report text search engine for research purposes
Advanced visualization tools including MIP/MPR, 3D etc
Teleradiology facility for remote reporting from any part of the world
In conclusion, implementing the Medsynapse RIS-PACS system had been immensely beneficial for GCRI radiologists and referring physicians. Medsynapse was easy to deploy and integrate and the features and technology helped improve workflows and patient care. Medsynaptic has proven that it is possible to install a fully functional enterprise PACS providing high performance and reliability even in complex hospital environments.

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