Carestream Health has been selected to implement the Shared Regional Medical Imaging Services (S-PRIM) project in the Île-de-France, the largest region in France, with 12 million residents, making up 19 percent of the French population.
The S-PRIM project will enable rapid implementation of a shared medical imaging infrastructure to ensure the continuity of basic services, such as migration of archiving and PACS, used by existing members.
It also will make new innovative services available both to public and private establishments across the Île-de-France, including Carestream’s Clinical Collaboration Platform that will be offered as a cloud-based service, creating the speed for migration and scalability necessary to allow growth for future subscribers.
The tender was issued by the Healthcare Co-operation Group (Groupement de Coopération Sanitaire (GCS) and known as Service Numérique de Santé (Sesan). It updates a previous framework agreement, Region Without Film (RSF), which ended in April 2015.
These cloud-based services will provide secure exchange and sharing of medical imaging data, allowing healthcare professionals and patients across the Île-de-France to collaborate on patient care. Examples of services offered include:
The creation of a unique and holistic patient folder at a regional or territorial hospital group (GHT) level, giving privileged access to all prior images available, regardless of the S-PRIM member facility where the preceding exams were performed.
The ability to create integrated clinical pathways and treatment plans, for example to manage requests for second opinions from selected experts.
The capacity to share results with prescribing doctors and patients via a portal that is fully integrated with the regional digital health space (l’Espace Régional Numérique de Santé or ENRS), and will offer all users unique, simplified and secure access to their data, regardless of which establishment performed the exam.
Diagnostic imaging services will be improved considerably by creating dynamic multimedia enhanced reports, deploying advanced post-processing tools that are natively integrated with a diagnostic viewer, and tools for managing radiology and non-radiology images.
These will all be available without constraints to users on the move. Finally, healthcare establishments will be able to subscribe to the long-term repository service, which is designed to support forensic and research purposes and is more economical.
The 39 organizations participating in the RSF framework today will migrate the 10 million exams already archived to S-PRIM, in addition to managing 2 million exams per year. This will be one of the biggest enterprise repositories of medical data in Europe — designed with scalability for future growth.
Numerous other establishments in the region have also expressed interest in joining the project and at least one of the services proposed in the new six-year framework agreement.
"Our project aims to set the Île-de-France region on a new path, offering subscribers access to the most advanced clinical and collaborative tools at an affordable cost, thanks to a proven strategy of cooperation.
"Over the 12-month tender period, Carestream convinced us of its ability not only to provide continuity for RSF while deploying its cloud-based service within very short timeframe, but also to offer subscribers reliable solutions that sit at the forefront of current technology," said Pierre Boiron, Director of GCS Sesan.
In addition, the S-PRIM project creates an incubator dedicated to developing new technologies in response to the region’s future needs. This includes solutions relating to big data and the management of data from ophthalmology, pathology and dermatology teams and other areas.
"We are proud to welcome GCS Sesan, with the S-PRIM project, into the community of partners putting their confidence in Carestream," added Patrick Koch, Managing Director, Carestream France and Benelux.