Technology rolled out to clinicians in cardiology department
Great Ormond Street Hospital has deployed iPads and and iMacs to cardiology staff to instantly access 3D images of patients’ hearts while planning for surgery, or in theatre.
The implementation of the devices is part of an ‘Apple architecture project’ taking place at the trust, which has seen around 350 Apple devices introduced on the network. The new architecture is able to integrate with the mobile devices the foundation trust uses. Great Ormond Street Hospital is working with Future Labs Group on the architecture project.
Mark Large, IT director at Great Ormond Street Hospital, said: “Our clinicians told us that they want to use Apple technology, so it is something we are embracing, and have created one of the best infrastructures in the world to make it happen.
“What is particularly beneficial is that they can now do things like join conference calls, or access information, no matter where they are. That can make a real difference if something happens, such as where an urgent case conference is called to discuss treatment for a very sick child. No matter where the members of the care team are, they can join the conference on their iPad.”
Great Ormond Street recently upgraded its cardiology MRI Pacs system. As a result, clinicians can now access 3D images of childrens’ hearts using Osirix software. Around 10.5m images have been migrated to the two new Apple servers.
These images can be shared and discussed by colleagues to decide the best approach to surgery, and surgeons can call up the images directly from central storage onto an iMac workstation in-theatre.
Large said: “The technology is quite incredible – and it is all about patient safety. It’s enabling our clinicians to take on complex and challenging heart surgery and to perform it safely. They can see exactly what the heart is like, from any angle, before they start and the images they need are available to them instantly at any time.”
Mobility is vital, according to Large. He said that clinicians need to be able to access data and update records in real time, while they are at the bedside, to ensure each patient can get the best care.
He added: “Mobility is part of a wider journey, one that involves the move from paper to electronic medical records, so mobility has to be ready and working for that major transition.”
The trust said that Apple devices are being used by an increasing number of staff across the organisation, including organ donor nurses, paediatric intensive care specialists, heart surgeons and hospital technicians. They are also used by the children’s acute transport service team, which goes out to critically ill children in the community.
The trust said that more Apple devices can be introduced whenever it wishes to start new projects.
As part of its architecture project, Great Ormond Street has also been trialling ruggedised, fluid-proof, clinical cases to avoid any infection control issues.
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