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All Wales PACS Managed Service Solution contract

Fujifilm Medical Systems UK is pleased to announce they have been awarded the ‘All Wales PACS Managed Service Solution contract’. The Agreement for around £20 million covers a 7 year period from 2012 to 2019 and will enable Welsh Local Health Boards and the Velindre Trust, to benefit from a common PACS service together with a centralised Vendor Neutral Archive (VNA) and remote back up all being operationally phased in from 2012 to 2014.

This prestigious national contract has been put in place to provide an efficient and cost-effective Picture Archiving & Communications Service across the whole of Wales. Fujifilm’s Synapse PACS system will replace existing legacy PACS systems offering a fully integrated web based solution to manage, store, distribute and retrieve images in an open environment. All images will be available on demand, with a two second response time for in-hospital viewing, providing greater access to patient data when and where required. Comprehensive data security is provided by an SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) network that operates to modern banking standards. The first operational phase from March to June 2012 will involve the central VNA together with the first of seven Welsh Local Health Boards being established.  Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board (BCU) will be the first authority to implement Fujifilm’s Synapse PACS solution. This work will involve three primary sites and will include local servers and new workstations being installed together with various CR and DR solutions. Commenting on the contract award, Mark van Rossum, General Manager of Fujifilm Medical Systems UK, said: “We already undertake an extensive amount of work within Wales and are pleased to further our national support.  Data migration for BCU will begin shortly and we expect to have the data migration, system installation, user training and development completed by June. The remaining Welsh Local Health Boards will then be operationally phased in by 2014. Through using our Synapse PACS system we are offering users the latest in modern architectural solutions.” An NHS Wales Informatics Service spokesperson said: “Selection followed a comprehensive tendering and evaluation process. The award of this framework contract demonstrates how working together and ‘doing things once for Wales’ can achieve significant savings.” For further information on the ‘All Wales PACS Managed Service Solution contract’, telephone Fujifilm on 01234 326780.
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