A year ago Region Jämtland Härjedalen made the decision to upgrade KIBI’s media solution. Expectations were high, with the need for a uniform imaging tool as comprehensive as it was acute. Matias Wurschmidt-Wang, system architect at Region Jämtland Härjedalen’s e-health unit, spoke at the time of disgruntlement throughout the organisation:
“People were frustrated that the Java-based imaging tool wasn’t good enough. For example, it could take up to 20 seconds to download an image or a document”, explained Matias.
A year has passed since then so we called Matias to find out what has happened since we last spoke.
“We got great results with the upgraded version of KIBI’s imaging tool, and we reduced the download time to 6-7 seconds. We also decided to move forward with KIBI’s solutions and started a number of projects”, says Matias.
Region Jämtland Härjedalen decided to upgrade to KIBI’s technical platform Rialto for a number of reasons, including the ability to facilitate a tighter integration between KIBI’s media archive and Cambio COSMIC, the electronic healthcare record system used by Region Jämtland Härjedalen.
“The upgrade to Rialto was started in October 2016 and now, on 30 October 2017, we are commencing phase two. During this phase we will upgrade all applications while at the same time aiming to maintain usability. In other words the users won’t notice any difference, although this phase is an important preparation for phase three, which will be implemented during winter/spring 2018. It is at that point we will be able to integrate more KIBI solutions within DICOM management of ultrasound and the integration with our electronic healthcare record system.”
What does the immediate future hold in terms of the collaboration between KIBI and Region Jämtland Härjedalen?
“Our ambition is to be able to offer the best possible healthcare to the region’s inhabitants. Making the most of modern technology is a given strategy for us. Geographically the region is a large area with only one hospital. By utilising the modern technology available we can now, for example, have physicians in Östersund who use cameras to perform real-time examinations of patients located hundreds of kilometres away. This solution that makes remote patient examinations possible has been developed together with SIGMA. We have also launched several exciting pilot projects where, for example, the ostomy department at Östersund Hospital can directly store images. All these technical innovations require stable platforms and media solutions, which is where KIBI comes into the picture.”
Matias is careful to point out that Region Jämtland Härjedalen views KIBI’s solutions as a complement to other systems they use, and that this is where KIBI’s real strength lies.
“The great thing about KIBI’s Clinical Suite is that all the component parts are compatible with other systems and can be implemented and integrated with relative ease. That is something we really appreciate!”