A Picture and Archiving Communication System (Pacs) implemented at the Calderdale Royal Hospital in Halifax won top honours in the 2003 healthcare IT effectiveness awards at Harrogate this week.
The initiative has enabled the hospital to become one of the first in Europe to dispense with X-ray film.
Rolled out in 2001, the system enables patients’ radiological images and reports to be viewed anywhere in the building, including operating theatres, wards, clinics and offices. Access is provided by 97 clinical workstations and 55 PCs using web browser technology.
Judges were impressed by the system’s strong project management, excellent user involvement and rigorous IT training for all staff.
"This was successful because of the project management and the user involvement," said Dr Laurence Sutton, clinical director of diagnostic imaging at Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Trust. "The project board that developed Pacs had both doctors and IT specialists on it."
Officials at the trust also confirmed that any savings from the project, which cost just under £2m, including x-ray equipment, have been ploughed back into the scheme.
Plans are afoot to roll out the system to another hospital in West Yorkshire.