This month, the Scottish Executive has begun a national PACS deployment in Scotland, after successful pilots in hospitals across Glasgow, Dumfries and Galloway.
Every hospital in Scotland will receive a new system over the next two years from Carestream Health, which will eventually lead to a national database of digital x-ray images for every Scottish citizen, said a spokesperson from the Scottish Executive.
The national PACS program will support the acquisition, storage, retrieval and display of digital patient images within and between clinical sites across Scotland. To enable this, the national archive will support access for sites that do not have the national PACS services, according to a Scottish Executive spokesperson.
The system is currently in place at hospitals in Scotland, including Southern General, Victoria Infirmary, Gartnavel General, Royal Hospital for Sick Children and, just recently, Western, according to Carestream.