Patient images and reports are regularly shared between Trusts, as they provide clinicians with useful information about their patients.
Every year, Trusts across the West Midlands share more than 500,000 studies, which are used for diagnosis, treatment and care.
Immediate access to these reports and images is essential for emergency care. As the current system relies on time-consuming processes with many stages, this may not always be possible. The current process also involves several people, who may not always be available, resulting in images being transferred too late for an urgent decision.
Clinicians are also ‘blindfolded’ when it comes to knowledge of a patient’s radiology history. This may result in unnecessary images being sent, which will add further delays to the process.
The Regional Image Sharing Platform (RISP) is a new way to transfer images between Trusts.
The platform means clinicians can instantly access and retrieve patient images, imaging histories and clinical reports for patients under their care.
This will provide easy access to clinical reports, prevent unnecessary re-imaging and deliver other benefits.
Images will be transferred securely, alloing doctors to make informed decisions about patients care.
Images and reports made available through RISP will only be used by the teams providing care. However, if there are concerns, patients will be able to opt-out. If this is completed, the request will be acknowledged and we will confirm when this has been implemented. Patients who have opted-out will still be able to opt-in to RISP, at a later date.
RISP was made possible thanks to funding from NHS England to support the 100,000 Genomes Project.
RISP has been designed, developed and implemented by a core team from University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust (UHB), the lead organisation for the West Midlands Genomic Medicine Centre (WMGMC).
The team have worked closely with Insignia Medical Systems, who have provided their industry-leading InSight Sharing Service.
The RISP team also works closely with regional IT, Picture Archiving and Communication System (PACS), Information Governance and clinical teams at the other Trusts.
Following a successful pilot phase, RISP is available across 16 Trusts in the West Midlands, helping improve regional clinical access to diagnostic imaging.