Dell accepted onto NHS framework for vendor-neutral archiving solution


Dell Unified Clinical Archive improves interoperability between healthcare information systems and clinical applications

Dell has today announced today that it is providing a vendor-neutral archiving solution through NHS Supply Chain frameworks.

The technology will be made available through procurement agreements under Lot 4 Vendor Neutral Storage, Lot 5 Data Migration Solutions and Lot 6 Off-site Storage Hosting Solutions.

Prior to the NHS framework, the process for attaining VNA and data migration services was a complicated tender process, with each individual trust needing a lengthy investment when it came to implementing a long-term clinical data archive solution. Trust employees had to commit a significant amount of resources to evaluating and purchasing the technology. However, through the NHS framework, it is now much easier to acquire proven VNA technology and initiate clinical data migration with greater speed and more confidence.

Known as the Dell Unified Clinical Archive, the solution improves interoperability between healthcare information systems and clinical applications, creating a more fluid and collaborative environment and moving valuable data to the point of patient care, allowing clinicians to make more informed decisions and diagnoses at the bedside or remotely.

It has the capability to accept clinical content from any department or proprietary information system, storing it securely and serving it up to healthcare providers for better collaboration on patient care, regardless of location. The solution provides XDS/XDS-I interoperability across multiple disparate systems, supports multi-hospital integration and simplifies IT administration by creating one master archive that is patient-centric. It can be deployed centrally or regionally and gives NHS trusts future flexibility and choice in selecting technologies that support clinical and patient needs without creating ‘vendor lock-in’. IT costs are also reduced through the use of web-based clinical collaboration portals and a standards-based approach to integration with enterprise systems.

Claire Vyvyan, director and general manager of public sector at Dell, said: “Effective clinical care relies on data being readily available at the point of treatment, and this is impossible without infrastructure that is open, standards-based and highly flexible in order to support interoperability and collaboration.”

“Through our partnerships with market-leading software providers we deliver proven, vendor-neutral medical image archive and data migration solutions to healthcare customers across the globe so they can provide better patient care and save precious time and money.

In the same week, Dell has also been accepted onto Lot 3 of this framework for X-ray workstations.

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The company’s Precision Line workstations were designed with input from doctors and clinical researchers for highly-precise, fast image processing which supports quality patient care.