Philips and Alliance Medical pilot radiology command centre

Royal Philips and Alliance Medical have formed a strategic partnership that will see Alliance pilot Philips’ Radiology Operations Command Centre (ROCC).

Accessible from Alliance’s Iceni Centre based at the Warwick Technology Park, the vendor-agnostic command centre will centralise, virtualise and standardise imaging operations across sites in the UK operated by Alliance. An initial four locations will participate in the pilot: St Peter’s Hospital in Surrey, University Hospital Hartlepool, West Middlesex University Hospital and Ashford Hospital in Middlesex. Philips’ proprietary operational performance management technology will connect experts at the Iceni Centre with radiographers and on-site staff for real-time collaboration and support. ROCC offers the ability to centrally monitor every MR and CT system in a network from a single location. This can help to maintain business continuity, increase productivity and address the challenges posed by staff shortages by enabling senior radiographers to support others in more than one location.

Alliance Medical md Richard Evans said: “The concept of being able to remotely support our staff and provide training from a team of highly skilled ROCC operators is groundbreaking. The continuity of service ROCC can offer our customers will be unrivalled due to the technology.”

A benefit of ROCC is the compatibility of its remote scanner connections with older, legacy imaging systems, allowing healthcare providers to create a ‘hub and spoke’ model for imaging within existing services.

Picture: ROCC enables every MR and CT scanner in a network to be monitored centrally.

Published on page 9 of the January 2022 issue of RAD Magazine.

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