GCS Sesan Selects Carestream for Cloud-Based Regional Image Sharing Project in Île-de-France Region

Carestream Health has been selected to implement the Shared Regional Medical Imaging Services (S-PRIM) project in the Île-de-France, the largest region in France, with 12 million residents, making up 19% of the French population.
The S-PRIM project will enable rapid implementation of a shared medical imaging infrastructure to ensure the continuity of basic services, such as migration of archiving and PACS, used by existing members. It also will make new, innovative services available both to public and private establishments across the Île-de-France, including Carestream’s Clinical Collaboration Platform that will be offered as a cloud-based service, creating the speed for migration and scalability necessary to allow growth for future subscribers The tender was issued by the Healthcare Co-operation Group (Groupement de Coopération Sanitaire (GCS)) and known as Service Numérique de Santé (Sesan). It updates a previous framework agreement, Region Without Film (RSF), which ended in April 2015.
These cloud-based services will provide secure exchange and sharing of medical imaging data, allowing healthcare professionals and patients across the Île-de-France to collaborate on patient care. Examples of services offered include:
  • The creation of a unique and holistic patient folder at a regional or territorial hospital group (GHT) level, giving privileged access to all prior images available, no matter in which S-PRIM member facility the preceding exams were carried out.
  • The ability to create integrated clinical pathways and treatment plans, for example to manage requests for second opinions from selected experts.
  • The capacity to share results with prescribing doctors and patients via a portal that is fully integrated with the regional digital health space (l’Espace Régional Numérique de Santé or ENRS), and which will offer all users unique, simplified and secure access to their data, no matter in which establishment the exam was carried out.
Diagnostic Imaging services will be improved considerably by creating dynamic multimedia enhanced reports, to advanced post-processing tools that are natively integrated with diagnostic viewer, and to tools for managing images other than from radiology. These will all be available without constraints to users on the move. Finally, healthcare establishments will be able to subscribe to the long-term repository service, which is designed to support forensic and research purposes, and is more economical for them.
The 39 organizations participating in the RSF framework today will migrate the 10 million exams already archived to S-PRIM, in addition to managing two million exams per year. This will be one of the biggest enterprise repository of medical data in Europe designed with scalability for growth. Numerous other establishments in the region have also expressed interest in joining the project and at least one of the services proposed in the new six-year Framework Agreement.
“Our project aims to set the Île-de-France region on a new path, offering subscribers access to the most advanced clinical and collaborative tools at an affordable cost, thanks to a proven strategy of co-operation. Over the 12 month tender period, Carestream convinced us of its ability not only to provide continuity for RSF, while deploying its cloud-based service within very short timescales, but also to offer subscribers reliable solutions that sit at the forefront of current technology,” said Pierre Boiron, Director of GCS Sesan.
In addition, the S-PRIM project provides for an incubator dedicated to developing new technologies in response to the region’s future needs. This includes solutions relating to big data and the management of specialist data from ophthalmology, pathology and dermatology teams, and other areas.
“We are proud to welcome GCS Sesan, with the S-PRIM project, into the community of partners putting their confidence in Carestream,” added Patrick Koch, Managing Director, Carestream France and Benelux. “This includes the hospitals in the AP-HP hospital group (the Greater Paris University Hospitals—the largest hospital group in Europe), the Midi-Pyrenees, Central, Pays de la Loire and Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur. Subscribing hospitals will be connected gradually to our Vue Cloud platform, which is already being used by more than 100 healthcare establishments in France and for which we have accreditation from the French government to host personal medical data.”
About GCS Sesan:
GCS Sesan is a private, not-for-profit organisation that exists to serve its members—healthcare establishments, public and private medico-social bodies and all healthcare professionals—in the Île-de- France region. Sesan was commissioned by the Île-de- France regional health authority to carry out projects as part of the latter’s information systems master plan. The extensive expertise deployed by SESAN allows those working in the healthcare arena to benefit from the opportunities digital innovation brings and to improve the quality of care they offer. In this way, SESAN teams build innovative solutions that comply with all relevant norms and standards while meeting the needs of healthcare professionals.SESAN is the digital partner for the Île-de- France health service www.sesan.fr