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What will NIMIS deliver for the health system?

The National Integrated Medical Imaging System (NIMIS) will:

  • Install PACS/RIS systems into all acute hospitals within the HSE that do not currently have one
  • Install Speech Recognition systems for the rapid production of radiology reports
  • Allow movement of patient images throughout the HSE, with the appropriate security and access requirements
  • Extend the solution to ensure the integration of Cardiology Angiography and Ultrasound images
  • Implement electronic ordering / requesting of radiology examinations
  • Integrate with GP messaging systems to allow procedure requests and rapid distribution of reports back to the GP
  • Support educational and research activities at all levels

With NIMIS, Ireland's Radiology services will be filmless, and will also see greatly reduced use of paper for requests and reporting. Patient image data will be able to move safely and rapidly throughout the health service.

PACS/RIS solutions deliver many benefits; to the patient, to the imaging service and to the hospital as a whole, and the evidence of this is clear from the existing PACS/RIS installations in this country.

How NIMIS will benefit our patients
The installation of NIMIS will improve the service that our patient's receive from radiology departments. Many of these changes will happen behind the scenes, so people need not adjust to a new machine or a new routine when having imaging procedures performed. The benefits of the system that specifically impact on the patient include:

  • No lost films. All the patient's prior and current images will be available electronically in the radiology department, out-patient clinic, or hospital ward
  • Fewer repeat exams
  • Faster turn-around for reports
  • Rapid transfer of images between clinicians for consultation or remote referral
  • Security of patient data with controlled and audited access

How NIMIS will benefit Radiology Staff

  • Faster delivery of medical images to the radiologist for reporting
  • Full availability of prior examinations and reports, along with the current images, no lost images or reports
  • No more need to produce film, transport around the hospital, match with previous images or file away for later referral

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