Today, 1 in 2 of us can expect to get a cancer diagnosis at some point in our lifetime, and lung cancer is right up there as the most common cancer worldwide – and the cause of largest proportion of cancer deaths annually. So, with resources already under acute pressure, NHS England has launched a new initiative to offer mobile lung health checks to the general public, via trucks equipped with portable CT scanners. It has allocated some £70 million to fund 10 projects, which initially will target regions with high rates of lung cancer. The trucks will be driven to convenient areas with high footfall, such as supermarket car parks, with the aim of being able to see and process 600,000 individuals over the next 4 years.
So it is very timely that we’ve formed a strategic new partnership, with the German medical image processing and workflow software specialist, MeVis Medical Solutions. As of last year, we are the UK distributor for their solution Veolity which addresses radiology workloads head on – by automating a significant proportion of scan analysis and workflow, while maintaining high accuracy. The upshot is that we can give radiologists up to 2 hours of their time back per day to keep on top of their workloads – without removing the reassurance of human oversight in terms of diagnostic tasks.
We’re ideally placed to implement Veolity for NHS Trusts, many of which already source their patient record systems from SynApps. As well as providing full integration with hospitals’ existing picture archiving and communication system (PACS) or vendor-neutral archive (VNA) systems, we can provide tailored advice and training.