Olav Bjørn Petersen, Consultant, PhD, Head of Fetal Medicine Unit
Aarhus University Hospital Skejby, Denmark
In Central Region of Denmark, we have just [November 2018] merged Astraia installations and databases from 6 hospitals (5 regional hospitals and 1 university hospital).
The merge process, including more than 850.000 examinations on 175.000 women, took a weekend and went completely smooth, on Monday morning all departments shared the same database and image/video library.
There were immediately several benefits for the women and doctors: Women with suspected anomalies could have their examination reviewed by fetal medicine experts at the university hospital, in several cases referral for second opinion was then not necessary. Review of cases and images is also an excellent educational opportunity for the regional doctors and sonographers, supervised by the university hospital staff.
Planning and preparation of the merge process, including development of algorithms for automated merge and a semiautomatic merging tool, was done by Astraia and Siemens – a cooperation that worked extremely well.