Salisbury District Hospital, part of the Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust, helps women deliver around 2300 babies per year. Salisbury’s incumbent fetal ultrasound system could not perform NT Risk calculations (for Down Syndrome screening) and patient record storage and retrieval was cumbersome. They identified a need for a new solution to replace their fetal medicine module. GE ViewPoint was selected to fulfil these requirements.
The trust chose HealthNetConnections (HNC), the UK’s exclusive distributor of GE Healthcare’s ViewPoint and Trium CTG software to oversee their installation.
The GE ViewPoint Ultrasound application is a complete digital documentation system which provides robust reporting and image archiving functionality, whilst integrating patient scheduling, examination data and lab results into an electronic record. Different modules can be combined to build bespoke solutions and easily integrate with current systems. The system also transfers measurement data electronically from the Ultrasound machine into the ViewPoint system, allowing instant reporting of each exam.
ViewPoint has given Salisbury different options for the storage of its data, scan images and reports. Reports and images can be stored in ViewPoint itself; or can be sent electronically to the RIS. Additionally, all exam reports (with plotted charts) can be printed out and placed in a woman’s notes contemporaneously.
ViewPoint allows real time reporting and documentation of an exam; clinical notes and information can be retrieved and reprinted when required. It also fulfils the requirement that a 30 minute ultrasound appointment
includes pre-scan counselling, an examination, post scan counselling and report writing. Prior to the implementation of ViewPoint, up to 5 minutes were being wasted by manually transferring measurements onto a template
and printing a report. ViewPoint fully supports Standard 4.6 of the “NHS Fetal Anomaly Screening Programme National Standards for England” through generation of a written report for all women, at the time of their scan.
Currently, ViewPoint is receiving patient demographics from the Salisbury PAS system. Future plans are to integrate ViewPoint with the maternity system to allow for ViewPoint reports to be viewed within the maternity system and for ViewPoint records to be updated with delivery outcomes from the maternity system. With the project successfully delivered and with ViewPoint’s built in screening capabilities Salisbury District Hospital offers NT Scans as part of routine practice to all pregnant women.
Lorna Bennett, Project services manager at the Trust says: “This has been the best go live we have ever had! Patient records are now fully complete and will be seamlessly transferable between departments once the interface between ViewPoint and the Maternity system is completed. The Sonographers have never before been able to report to these levels. The trust is now able to offer NT scans to all pregnant women, which was the whole driving force behind buying the ViewPoint solution”.