Acuo Technologies VNA Chosen by Salisbury, Wight and South Hampshire Domain NHS Trust Consortium

Mon Mar 4, 2013 1:40pm EST

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Acuo Technologies VNA Chosen by Salisbury, Wight and South Hampshire Domain NHS Trust

- Large multi-hospital contract is latest in a series of recent Universal Clinical
Platform wins in the U.K.

LONDON, March 4, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Acuo Technologies®, a world leader in
high-performance software and services for clinical content management and data
migration, announced today that it has been awarded the vendor neutral archive (VNA) and
data migration contract for the Salisbury, Wight and South Hampshire (SWASH) Domain NHS
Trust consortium. Acuo will work with Philips Healthcare and technology partners Sectra
and HSS to implement a multi-site, federated VNA, featuring fully-distributed data
management with centralized administration, to be shared across the six NHS trusts in
the SWASH consortium. This contract follows closely on the heels of large recent Acuo
awards in the U.K. that include the national VNA platform for Wales and the regional
Sussex and Surrey Consortia group contract.

The SWASH consortium chose Acuo's Universal Clinical Platform VNA via Philips
Healthcare, along with the Sectra PACS and HSS radiology information systems to deliver
a region-wide medical imaging IT system. The NHS trusts in the consortium include
Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust, Isle of Wight NHS Trust, Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust,
Solent NHS Trust, Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust, and University Hospital
Southampton. Under the contract, all NHS hospitals and clinics in the SWASH consortium
will be connected to the Acuo VNA for long-term clinical content management of both
DICOM and non-DICOM content.

The Acuo VNA gives the NHS consortium a new platform for extensive radiology study
growth along with the capability to manage data from other clinical departments. Under
the contract, Acuo will be responsible for migrating existing clinical image data,
including several million patient studies, from the existing trust PACS archives. Once
the Acuo VNA system is integrated with Sectra and HSS applications and commissioned for
production use, it will manage over a million new studies annually. A key goal of the
SWASH solution is to provide seamless transfer of images across the region by July 2013.
The Acuo VNA will function as the underlying infrastructure to facilitate immediate
viewing of all clinical content captured by the participating trusts. Additionally, the
new system will share images with healthcare providers in other areas of the U.K. 

In a December 2012 eHealth Insider article by Rebecca Todd, Dr. Mark Griffiths, clinical
lead for the SWASH consortium, said: "As a clinically-led consortium, we understand the
issues the NHS has with regard to transferring patient information between hospitals. It
is our aim to ensure the systems we implement put the patient at the centre of
everything we do and maximise utilization of the region's resources to improve our
patients' care."

"We are delighted to be chosen as the VNA supplier for this prestigious contract," said
Mark O'Herlihy, EMEA Business Manager for Acuo Technologies. "It further validates our
investment in the U.K. market and establishes Acuo as the clear VNA market leader with
our other recent wins in the region. We look forward to working with our partners to
deliver another modern clinical content management solution for the NHS." 

About Acuo Technologies

Acuo Technologies, now part of Lexmark's Perceptive Software (NYSE : LXK), was founded
in 2000 with the objective of developing the first enterprise-wide collaborative
Universal Clinical Platform (UCP) solution for medical image content, both DICOM and
Non-DICOM. Today, Acuo supports implementations of UCP around the world, including
locations in Africa, Australia, Europe, North America and South America. For more
information on providing superior clinical content management and data migration while
simplifying operations and reducing costs, visit

DICOM is the registered trademark of the National Electrical Manufacturers Association
for its standards publications relating to digital communications of medical

About Royal Philips Electronics 

Royal Philips Electronics is a diversified health and well-being company, focused on
improving people's lives through meaningful innovation in the areas of Healthcare,
Consumer Lifestyle and Lighting. Headquartered in the Netherlands, Philips posted 2012
sales of EUR 24.8 billion and employs approximately 118,000 employees with sales and
services in more than 100 countries. The company is a leader in cardiac care, acute care
and home healthcare, energy efficient lighting solutions and new lighting applications,
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