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All hospitals to have PACS by 2008

23rd May 2007

The Department of Health has announced that all hospitals in England will get the Picture Archiving and Communications Systems (PACS) by 2008.

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PACS was due to be installed in all hospitals by 2007 so the new target sees some slippage in the roll-out programme. However, PACS is seen as an area of success under the current National Programme for IT within the NHS, which has experienced more serious delays in other areas.

The PACS announcement came at the start of a week-long promotion campaign where ministers will be promoting the benefits of using new technology within the NHS.

The Department of Health says that in the first year of PACS in service, the NHS is saving over £6.2m with savings in London – where installation is complete - put at £250,000 a year for each health trust in the city.

Health secretary Patricia Hewitt said: “The NHS leads the way in using digital x-rays, which are not yet being used by all leading healthcare providers. This new system is helping doctors do what they do best – treat patients faster and better - and will provide NHS users with a first class 21st century service.?

So far, according to the Department of Health, about 39m patients have benefited from PACS in use in 80% of NHS trusts. Using PACS, diagnosis times have fallen from more than six days to less than three.

Connecting for Health chief executive, Richard Granger said that the National Programme for IT was not just about computers but also about patients and supporting NHS staff to deliver the best possible patient care.

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