Diagnostic imaging company, GIG Radiology, has selected IBM Cloud to enhance the processing time and availability of diagnostic images which could lead to quicker treatment for patients.
The Cloud-based solution is said to enable radiologists to report and review more than 50,000 daily images that the company generates within its clinics spread across Victoria.
Since the deployment of IBM Cloud, the company has built its own medical imaging platform that allows 60,000 clinicians to access their patient’s information online.
It also said the time of secure imaging transmission was reduced by 45 per cent, allowing for the radiologists to review and report an average of 20 images per hour.
GIG Radiology selected bare metal services from SoftLayer, an IBM company, to host the medical imaging application.
Hosted at IBM’s Melbourne Cloud centre, the solution aims to secure transmission of images, streamline reporting between all statewide clinics and comply with local regulations to keep medical records within the state. The platform is also said to be easily scalable in case the company needs to expand image repositories on demand.
IBM A/NZ Cloud chief technical officer, Andrew Kupetz, said radiology is a technology dependent area and that scalability is crucial.
“We never know when new technology requiring more performance will be required. IBM Cloud allows us to scale in real time without having to wait 6 months to upgrade the infrastructure,” he said.
"Cloud technology is becoming more accepted in healthcare due to the continuing increase in data and cost of delivery. Providers need solutions that enable them to more efficiently manage, store and access their data to deliver better patient care.
“With the move to Cloud, GIG Radiology is innovating and improving business processes and workflows as well as allowing the organisation to better collaborate both internally and across the healthcare ecosystem.”
GIG Radiology operations and client services manager, Renee Zach, said, “the faster we can access and manage information, the more time we can spend with our patients and the more accurate our diagnosis is.