Frere X-ray de­part­ment goes dig­i­tal

Daily Dispatch - - News - By SIYA TSEWU

FOR years Frere Hos­pi­tal spent mil­lions each year print­ing X-rays for pa­tients – now the hos­pi­tal has mi­grated to dig­i­tal and sends X-ray copies via e-mail.

Frere Hos­pi­tal CEO Dr Ro­lene Wag­ner said Frere was now sav­ing be­tween R1.6-mil­lion and R1.8-mil­lion a year and such funds would be rein­vested in other projects at the health fa­cil­ity.

The hos­pi­tal used to spend R110 000 a month print­ing out X-rays for pa­tients.

“This is our way of im­prov­ing our di­ag­nos­tic ca­pa­bil­i­ties. In Fe­bru­ary 2013 we in­tro­duced the Pa­tient Archiv­ing Com­put­erised Sys­tem [PACS] be­cause we wanted to bet­ter our pa­tients’ ex­pe­ri­ences at Frere,” she said.

In their way of go­ing pa­per­less, they have in­tro­duced dig­i­talised ra­di­ol­ogy ma­chines.

Now in­stead of print­ing out X-rays for pa­tients to take to the doc­tors, once the X-ray is done, it is logged into the hos­pi­tal’s data­base and the doc­tor ex­pect­ing it is able to view it from the sys­tem us­ing a com­puter screen.

The hos­pi­tal also re­ceived R840 000 to in­stall and run a wire­less net­work which as­sists staff to work more ef­fi­ciently as they can ac­cess in­for­ma­tion wher­ever they are around the hos­pi­tal.

“This is thanks to fund­ing we were able to se­cure from a Dan­ish agency … It is very ex­cit­ing for us to be able to have such con­nec­tiv­ity in the hos­pi­tal,” she added.

She said the digi­ti­sa­tion of X-rays meant the hos­pi­tal can now have ac­cess to pa­tients’ his­tor­i­cal data at the click of a but­ton.

“This also means we have ac­cess to his­tor­i­cal data. The wait­ing time has also been re­duced,” Wag­ner said. —

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