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Lakes DHB to join the Midland regional Radiology RIS and PACS system


Lakes DHB will be joining the Midland regional Radiology platform on Tuesday 6 November 2018.  Lakes will be the fourth of the Midland DHBs to join the Midland Radiology Information System (RIS) and Image Repository (PACS), a fully managed service from Philips and Kestral. Waikato, Bay of Plenty and Tairāwhiti DHBs already use the platform. 

For external providers including GPs, there will be some key changes to be aware of.

  • Results: GPs who order radiology procedures from Lakes DHB will continue to receive results as normal. However, the regional system does not currently automatically send a copy of the radiology result to a patient GP when another clinician (i.e. hospital clinician) requests a procedure (as the Lakes DHB system does now).  Lakes DHB is working closely with Philips to confirm a delivery date for 'auto copying' of results in 2019.
  • Images: A new portal will be delivered for external practitioners to access the regional image repository. When available, all images and reports from Lakes, Waikato, BOP and Tairāwhiti DHBs will be visible from a single portal. While this new portal will not be in place for the November go live, Lakes DHB is working closely with the regional team to confirm a delivery date. The current VPN link to the Lakes PACS system will be disabled from go live until the new portal is available (in 2019).
  • Usage analysis indicates that few GPs actually access the Lakes VPN image viewer - for those who would still like to access images until the regional portal is delivered, please contact Michael Surry, Lakes DHB project manager on the details below. 

Further information will be provided as the go live date approaches. For more information contact Michael Surry, Lakes DHB project manager: michael.surry@lakesdhb.govt.nz or 021 996 730.

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