Agfa has announced that it has installed its 100th digital imaging system at Pilgrim Hospital in Boston, Lincolnshire, as part of a major deal to install 12 systems across the Royal Lincolnshire trust.
lCapula Elan has announced it has won a threeyear contract to install its Oasis patient administration system at 1,200-bed Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals trust. The deal is to replace an existing system, provided by a rival. PAS will cover six hospitals, be available to more than 1,600 staff and handle 400,000 outpatient appointments and 180,000 admission, discharge and transfer functions per year. Elan Technologies was acquired by Capula recently and the contract is the first to be awarded under the Capula Elan banner.
Royal Brompton and Harefield trust has signed a contract with E-Ceptionist to use its secure internet booking system. E-Ceptionist will allow more than a dozen hospitals and other NHS organisations in north west London to book appointments at the trust's hospitals.
The Royal College of Physicians has adopted InTechnology's VBAK managed data system to deal with the growing volume of data it generates. Data is encrypted and sent over a private leased line for storage at an InTechnology data centre.
New Cross Hospital, part of Royal Wolverhampton Hospitals trust, has added two new HDI 5000 SonoCT ultrasound systems from Philips to the three it already had installed in the maternity ultrasound department. The new machines mean the general radiology department is now free of gynaecological work.
The maternity ultrasound department unit has been able to introduce new clinics, cut waiting lists and spread its workload more evenly.
TSSI has completed the first stage of a national system that will combine a number of databases and allow NHS staff to check the employment and training records of junior doctors as they move around the health service. Doctors will have a unique smartcard carrying a photograph and encrypted occupational health information. Authorised NHS staff will also be able to interrogate the national database. The system should cover all hospitals and 35,000 doctors by April next year and could then be extended to other staff groups.
Polycom has announced that James Brindley school in Birmingham is going to deploy more of its video conferencing equipment to help children's education and improve internal communications. The school covers eight hospitals and three teaching centres.