Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital has rolled out a new Picture Archiving and Communication System (PACS) and Radiology Information System (RIS) to improve radiology services.

According to Charlotte Maxeke Hospital, the systems will improve radiology workflow processes and efficiency and ease patient referral between hospitals.

Hospitals included in the new roll out are Rahima Moosa Mother and Child, Tambo Memorial, Helen Joseph, Edenvale and Leratong hospitals.

The new eHealth system is replacing the paper-based filing system which was responsible for patients waiting hours to see a specialist with their patient file in hand.

With the new system, doctors will now be able to view and manage information about their patients, such as digital X-rays‚ MRI and CAT scans, anywhere in the hospital electronically via the cloud using their mobile devices.

Radiologists will also be able to log into the system remotely to interpret X-rays or give a second opinion to doctors at the hospital.

The cost of the system will accumulate to R50 million over the course of five years. It is expected to pay for itself as it eliminates the cost of film‚ which currently sets Charlotte Maxeke Hospital back an estimated R1.5 million a month.

“This system is a symbol of the hospital of the future‚” said Gauteng Premier, David Makhura, who attended the system’s launch.

The National Department of Health (NDoH) aims to have all public hospitals connected and live by end of March 2017.

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