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Visbion pioneers a ‘UK first’ for mobile connectivity in Healthcare

For the first time ever in the UK, a mobile screening truck has been able to operate from a Supermarket car park, with no infrastructure and connect directly to the main hospital, in this case Royal Brompto

Specialists at Royal Brompton and Harefield hospitals have joined forces with RM Partners, the west London cancer alliance hosted by leading cancer centre The Royal Marsden, to provide lung screening and vital early diagnosis for those at risk of developing lung cancer.

The NHS England-funded initiative, includes the use of a CT scanner in a mobile truck, which is sited in a supermarket car park for ease of access by patients. This means that there is no infrastructure in place (mains power, telephone, broadband) to allow connection to the main hospital. Traditionally, all the scan images would need to be sent by courier to the hospital at the end of the day with appointment booking lists and patient records manually updated at a later date.

Using a bespoke solution based on Visbion’s proven Image Cube technology, CT scans taken on the truck can now be sent quickly and securely via 3G/4G to the hospital. Working on battery power after the generator powering the truck has been turned off, encrypted images are safely transferred overnight ready for reporting the next morning.

In addition, the Visbion solution allows for direct access to all the Hospital IT systems including booking and appointment systems, access to electronic patient records and the ability for the staff to log into NHS email.

Stefan Claesen, Visbion’s CEO said ‘Our Image Cube software lends itself perfectly to this type of challenging situation and we have a talented team of Healthcare connectivity specialists who have been working on this development. Our technology is proven; being currently employed in mobile units to improve efficiency and security for the Breast Screening Service. Needless to say, we are extremely proud to have been chosen by the Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Trust for this ground-breaking project.’