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Diagnostic links between SVUH and new maternity hospital noted in tender

By Paul Mulholland - 19th Jul 2022

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St Vincent’s Hospital Group (SVHG) has noted the need for “close relationships for the diagnostic services” between St Vincent’s University Hospital (SVUH) and the proposed National Maternity Hospital (NMH) in a recent tender for a new radiological information system. 

SVHG has instigated a procurement process to replace the existing radiology information system and picture archiving and communication system (RIS/PACS) across the Group. 

The main requirement is to maintain a diagnostic imaging service underpinned with “a suitable and sustainable RIS/PACS” solution. 

“This should provide a single system across the Group which will, at a minimum, deliver the same level of functionality as already exists,” according to the tender. 

The benefit of a single PACS across sites is the availability of the patient’s whole imaging history to the treating clinician irrespective of which hospital the patient is attending. 

“This has brought enormous benefits to our patients and is the key driver for retaining a single system,” the tender stated. 

SVHG consists of SVUH, St Michael’s Hospital (SMH) and St Vincent’s Private Hospital (SVPH). 

The tender noted a “major project is underway to relocate the National Maternity Hospital onto the SVHG campus”. 

“NMH will remain a single entity co-located, but with movement of adult patients to SVUH when required,” according to the tender. 

“This will make imaging links and a robust SVUH RIS/PACS solution essential between the two centres. There will be a requirement for close relationships for the diagnostic services across the organisation. To this end, the National Maternity Hospital may also wish to avail of this procurement.” 

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