Tufton welcomes modern X-ray system at UHWI

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

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MINISTER of Health Dr Christopher Tufton says he welcomes the addition of a new DDR X-ray machine to the growing storehouse of modern, medical technology resources available now at the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI) at Mona.

“This piece of equipment represents modern technology — giving better accuracy and less processing time for patients,” Dr Tufton commented, after being shown the versatility of the ddRVersa Motion Plus X-ray system recently added to the hospital's radiography department.

The technologist selects a body part to be imaged and the X-ray head automatically swings into the proper imaging position. The head includes a touch screen, where information can be entered at the patient's bedside.

Also featured were the DDR Cruze mobile DR X-ray system and the DDR Shift retrofit kit, which enables conversion of mobile computed radiography (CR) systems to wireless digital radiography (DR).

According to Matthew Budram, a software architect and research engineer who is project manager for the UHWI's information system, at the speed at which the DDR machine completes the X-ray process per hour as a result of its digital nature, many lives which would have been lost over the previous lengthy method can now be saved.

For example, when a patient goes to the X-ray department, there will be no more need for films, as a digital image will be transferred to the ward so a doctor can turn on his computer and look at the image, creating a lot of savings for the hospital considering the expensive cost of X-ray films.

Additionally, the platform can be accessed by mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets, for instance, creating even greater efficiency in the hospital's functions and reducing patients' wait time.

All the hospital's record-keeping and management functions are currently being overhauled and the system converted to an electronic hospital management system, creating an end to end computerisation of the facility.

This should ensure that there will be no more long waits as clerks search for dockets, and there will be no more lost dockets. The hospital management system will also aid inventory control in the pharmacy and facilitate patient transfers. The system will also be installed in the clinics on UWI's campus.

The UHWI is also hoping that other public hospitals will eventually get a similar system, which would put an end to the paperwork doctors have to do when transferring a patient to the UHWI.

The hospital's record-keeping and management functions is being overhauled through a project pioneered by Jamaican IT company Advanced Integrated Systems and its partner Suvarna, which is based in India.

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