[Use Case] Région Sans Film, Shared Medical Imaging for healthcare establishments in the Paris region

26 March 26 March

Access to medical imaging is key for patient's follow up. In the Paris region, the choice has been made to develop interoperable and shared information systems for public and private healthcare establishments to enable health professionals from public and private hospitals and clinics to access data.

Patients often need to show their X-rays and other medical images to health professionals outside the hospital – like their General Practitioner or community doctor. Traditional medical images on film are often misplaced or forgotten, and are environmentally unfriendly. In addition, physicians need to assess a patient’s progress by comparing new and archived medical images.

The Groupement de Coopération Sanitaire des Systèmes d’Information de Santé d’Île de France (GCS D-SISIF), established in 2008 in order to develop interoperable and shared information systems for public and private healthcare establishments across the Paris region, contracted Orange to develop and deploy a shared medical imaging solution.

The solution features a cloud-based, Software as a Service (SaaS) architecture and enables health professionals from public and private hospitals and clinics across the Paris region to access a centrally stored Picture Archiving and Communications System (PACS) and Radiology Information System (RIS).

Following a scan or X-ray procedure, the patient is given a letter with a unique access code to transmit to their doctor.

Doctors use this code – along with their healthcare professional ID card and a microchip reader – to log-in to a central system via the Internet.

They access the patient’s file, images and notes from the radiologist via the Internet as part of routine follow-up. They can also zoom in and examine the images for themselves.

Patient data is securely transmitted between establishments and is stored in Orange secure data centres, which are certified by the Ministry of Health.

Dr Sylvie Blangy, Simone Veil hospital, Montmorency
Not only does the system allow images to be archived, it makes them available to other hospitals, and even to doctors in the community. It also improves working conditions and efficiency.
Dr Sylvie Blangy, Simone Veil hospital, Montmorency

Benefits

This Shared Medical Imaging service allows all medical staff to share medical images and their analysis reports, within the hospital or from any internet connection.

Securely stored in the cloud by Orange, the general practitioner, a surgeon or a physiotherapist can access the patient’s files through a personalised interface.

The system enables improved patient care, enhanced accessibility of images for doctors, greater data security, regulatory compliance in the management and storage of patient health data, and cost reduction through the dematerialisation of radiology films.

It helps to reduce unnecessary or redundant patient exams. And the pay-per-use access model helps to rationalise costs.