Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Problem Solved

As the National Programme for IT (NPfIT) draws to an end, Homerton NHS had to repatriate 800K studies of DICOM images held in BT’s Medical Image Archive (MIA) before June 2015. Homerton wanted to implement a hospital-wide vendor neutral archive (VNA) to store, protect and share not only this legacy data, but any new images from their future PACS application (later learned to be Carestream) as well as data from other departments including cardiology and foetal medicine. Homerton licensed 25TB of BridgeHead’s HealthStore to address these challenges.

Why BridgeHead?

  • BridgeHead’s HealthStore is a best-of-breed, policy-based, repository for all clinical and administrative data across a hospital, helping to power the EPR
  • HealthStore separates the data from the application that created it and the storage hardware on which it resides, removing vendor lock-in
  • Offers protection of all data in the event of loss, corruption, outage or disaster, ensuring availability to those that need it, when they need it, at the point of care
  • Breadth of experience & excellent reputation for customer support
  • Ingesting all historic data into HealthStore, before cutting over to the new PACS would remove migration from the critical path of the PACS replacement project, reducing time and cost
  • BridgeHead had worked with Carestream at Gateshead NHS & had developed a method to quickly upload 2 years of the most recent priors & IOCM

Hospital Profile

  • Est. in 1932, very reputable, modern & well-equipped
  • Among the first 10 NHS Trust to receive ‘Foundation Trust’ status
  • One of the designated hospitals for the London Olympic 2012
  • 450 beds, over 75 sites, 12,000 A&E patients & 6,000 babies born (yearly)
  • LSP provider – BT
  • LSP PACS provider – Sectra version IDS5; soon to move to Carestream VuePACS
  • RIS – CERNER
  • EMC/Dell CLARiiON CX / VNX
  • Use Intersystems Ensemble integration engine
  • Now using BridgeHead’s HealthStore

“We decided to separate our image management from the PACS altogether and opted for a VNA solution because we wanted to de-risk our impending PACS replacement.

BridgeHead’s VNA provided us with total PACS neutrality as, due to its vendor agnosticism, it is able to work with all PACS providers. This means we will have the flexibility to make an objective decision about what PACS solution is right for us as an organisation. We also had storage problems. A strategy of keeping everything on fast local hardware all of the time is not sustainable. We needed to be far more strategic and BridgeHead’s solution allowed us to take a more objective view of our data. Now, less critical data, i.e. images and reports from patients discharged more than six months ago for example, can be moved to less expensive storage, or even out to the cloud with integrity and availability still intact.”

Dzinja Kabambe

Head of Strategic IT Projects, Homerton University Hospital

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