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NHS Midlands collaborated with Accenture to develop fast, collaborative medical image sharing for neonatal teams—allowing for faster transport decisions and improved care.
Accenture helped clinical staff in the NHS Midlands and East to make more efficient decisions about the need for neonatal transport via Accenture PACS Connect (APC).
As a result of the project, NHS now enjoys the following benefits:
When a newborn faces potentially life-threatening health problems, transport consultants must have rapid access to relevant medical images in order to make appropriate decisions about potentially moving the child to a different healthcare facility.
The transport team and receiving Trust did not traditionally have immediate access to such images. The transport team had to wait for the referring Trust to make them available.
This process depended on administrative teams at the referring Trust, who arranged for images to be imported the local Picture Archiving and Communications System (PACS)—and, in some cases, even involved copying images to CDs and physically delivering them to the receiving Trust.
Accenture supported the adoption of APC by:
Initial data indicated that the launch of APC across nine sites in the East Midlands in October 2012 was successful.
Improved information helps the NHS make informed decisions about when to transport newborn babies. It has also resulted in:
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