‘Operation workstation’ helps home reporting of chest x-rays

The Fujifilm medical informatics team and supporting supply chain staff have been working hard to help build dozens of home reporting workstations in the UK, so that radiologists can report from the safety of their own homes.

Starting in March, ‘operation workstation’ involved the team unboxing monitors and computers, which were built and configured as home reporting workstations and then reboxed for shipping out to radiologists.

The Fujifilm Home Reporting solution allows radiologists to work from home with the same hardware, software and image quality as they are used to in hospital, and with the same range of advanced reporting tools. This provides health boards and trusts with the ability to increase core reporting capacity, and contributes significantly to meeting the increased reporting demands during the COVID-19 pandemic, where chest imaging is placing pressure on radiology services.

Consultant radiologist and clinical director at Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board Dr Sally Bolt said: “Once the scale of the pandemic became clear, we very quickly focused on implementing the most effective ways of working as clinical radiologists.

“Prior to COVID-19, most of the team was based at one of our three acute hospitals; we needed to introduce home working for the majority. To enable this, we needed to utilise Fujifilm’s home reporting solution, available to only a small number of the team prior to the pandemic. Since the workstations have been deployed, most radiologists within our health board are set up to work from home, meaning we can support our clinical colleagues by delivering a hot reporting chest x-ray service seven days a week.”

The Synapse platform enables radiologists to replicate their hospital reporting environment at home, including user profile, settings and preferences. The system supports PACS and RIS-driven reporting workflow, using voice recognition, and includes the full range of image manipulation tools.

Picture: Fujifilm project engineer Anthony Street, service engineers Mark Robinson, John Lewis and Rob Edge and desktop engineer Clive Adcock.

Published on page 12 of the July 2020 issue of RAD Magazine.

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