The program has an easy to use Web-based access (InterSystems Corporation 2011, p2). The Web-based access has visual alerts that draw attention to the patient waiting times, and important care information like allergies and reports and dashboards for management insights. It offers easier access to results and test ordering; this includes PACS and radiology images and this reduces lost and unnecessary repetition of tests. It facilitates efficient use of resources, for instance, it offers real-time bed management within the coordinated care processes. Summing up, NHS Scotland utilizes TrakCare to enhance patient care and safety, diagnosis, and create improved reporting at the same minimizing the amount of paper work used.
Care providers and patients benefit from enhanced outcomes from the hospital to home, and better patient experience (InterSystems Corporation 2011, p2). The Wales Radiology Management System (RMS) permits the sharing of information to support flawless patient care in all the NHS Wales organizations. The present or current radiology information system is the All Wales RMS-Radis2. Radis2 offers a firm foundation for the integration of radiology systems in Wales.
The programs allow secure shared access to results, management information, diagnostic imaging services, and images across organizations. Radis2 has other functions like the management of waiting times and management of clinics. The benefits of Radis2 include: improved structure and data; a complicated front end enabling easy use of it; the staff’s ability to multi-task; enhanced management of statistics; the capability to effectively manage radiology waiting lists; desktop integration with the digital dictation and PACS system; the integration of the systems (thus, fewer systems are used by the staff to log on); better management of the codes and easier user management; a devoted obstetric ultrasound reporting module that permits the development of structured reports and the collection of vital clinical data; and the ability to offer an automated email report to the other departments and external companies or organizations such as CARIS (Congenital Abnormality Register Information Service) in Swansea (NHS Wales Informatics Service [NWIS] 2011, p1).
PACS (Picture Archiving and Communications Systems) is also used by NWIS. It manages the retrieval, presentation, storage, and distribution of images.
These images include ultrasound, MRI and CT scans, and X-rays. PACS enables the sharing of information and it benefits both the doctors, medical experts and the patients.
Armoni, A. (2002) Effective healthcare information systems, London, UK: Idea Group Inc (IGI).
Booth, N. (2003) Sharing patient information electronically throughout the NHS: Time for all clinicians to get involved. BMJ, 327, pp114-115.
Clarke, K., Hartswood, M., Procter, R. & Rouncefield, M. (2001) NHS managers closely observed: Some features of new technology and everyday managerial work [online]. Available from: <http://bscw.cs.ncl.ac.uk/pub/bscw.cgi/d49920/Clarke,%20Harstwood,%20Procter%20and%20Rouncefield-%20NHS%20Managers%20Closely%20Observed:%20Some%20Features%20of%20New%20Technology%20and%20Everyday%20Managerial%20Work..pdf> [accessed 4 Nov. 2011].
Deloitte. (2010) NHS Scotland’s patient management system: A healthy procurement [online]. Available from: <http://www.deloitte.com/assets/Dcom-UnitedKingdom/Local%20Assets/Documents/Industries/GPS/uk-gps-nhs-scotlands-patient-management-system.pdf> [accessed 5 Nov. 2011].
Edgar, D., Grant, K., Hackney, R. (2010) Strategic information systems management, Mason, OH: Cengage Learning EMEA.
InterSystems Corporation. (2011) Unifying healthcare in Scotland [online]. Available from: <http://www.intersystems.com/casestudies/trakcare/unifying_healthcare_in_scotland.pd> [accessed 5 Nov. 2011].
InterSystems. (2011) Scotland National Health Service, Scotland [online], InterSystems. Available from: <http://www.intersystems.com/aboutus/our_customers/Scotland.html> [accessed 5 Nov. 2011].
Knight, S. (1995) The NHS information management and technology strategy from a mental health perspective. Journal of Continuing Professional Development, 1, pp223-229.
Mumford, E. (1991) Need for relevance in management information systems: What the NHS can learn from industry. BMJ, 302, pp1587-1590.
National Institute for Health Research. (2011) Information systems function [online], NHS. Available from: <http://www.nihr.ac.uk/files/pdfs/Briefing%20documents/5.3%20Information%20Systems%20Function.pdf> [accessed 4 Nov. 2011].
National Institute for Health Research. (2011) Unified research information management systems [online]. Available from: <http://www.nihr.ac.uk/systems/Pages/systems_research_information_systems.aspx> [accessed 5 Nov. 2011].
NHS Scotland. (2007) Managing clinical effectiveness [online], NHS Scotland. Available from: <http://www.clinicalgovernance.scot.nhs.uk/section2/improvepractice.asp> [accessed 5 Nov. 2011].
NHS Wales Informatics Service. (2011) Picture archiving and communications [online], NWIS. Available from: <http://www.wales.nhs.uk/nwis/page/52557> [accessed 5 Nov. 2011].
NHS Wales Informatics Service. (2011) Radiology management system [online], NWIS. Available from: <http://www.wales.nhs.uk/nwis/page/52551> [accessed 5 Nov. 2011].
Scott, C. (2003) Setting safe nurse staffing levels, London: Royal College of Nursing.