Preparations ramp up for new NSW Health medical imaging system

25 October 2019

NSW Health patients and staff are a few steps closer to benefiting from a new radiology information system and picture archiving and communication (RIS-PACS) system, with clinicians and medical imaging experts recently lending their frontline expertise to how the RIS will be customised for hospitals in Western Sydney and Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health Districts.

Scheduled to go live at the first hospitals in 2020, the RIS-PACS system will improve the way in which millions of medical images are captured, used and archived annually.

Being delivered on an ‘as a service’ basis to 11 NSW Health organisations, the solution is made up of the Sectra PACS, the Kestral (Karisma) RIS, Spok critical results management, and data centre hosting in the NSW Government Data Centres through AC3.

Five days of system implementer training took place at the Westmead Education and Conference Centre, which provided the local LHDs’ project teams with the knowledge to build and support the new Kestral (Karisma) RIS.

“We have placed LHD clinicians and technical experts in the driving seat for designing and implementing this new medical imaging system,” said David Cernjul, Program Director of eHealth NSW’s RIS-PACS Program.

“Thirteen enthusiastic subject matter experts attended each of the five days of training and these people will be instrumental for local project implementation.

“We are nearing the end of our design phase and working towards a go-live in 2020, which is exciting given how it will enhance care for patients across the state.”

For more information email: or visit the Medical Imaging: RIS-PACS page.

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