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Moh, Redtone and Hinacom to provide Teleradiology Infrastructure

New era of digital healthcare to Sri Lanka
Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne exchanging the agreement for the project
Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne exchanging the agreement for the project

Enabling the government of Sri Lanka’s (GOSL) vision of revolutionizing healthcare technology in the country, the Ministry of Health is partnering with the global experts REDtone MEXSdnBhd- a subsidiary of Berjaya Corporation, Malaysia and Hinacom Software & Technology, China, an industry leader in Medical imaging and Telemedicine, to introduce cutting edge, Artificial Intelligence based technology to 20 main government hospitals islandwide.

This landmark project which costs more approximately Rs. 5.9 billion is spearheaded by the Minister of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine Dr. Rajitha Senaratne.

Minister apologised from the local investors that the project took more than three years to get off the ground. “It makes a mark in the history of medical imaging in Sri Lanka by bringing the vast benefits of teleradiology to the public health sector.”

In the first phase of this revolutionary project, this partnership of global and local experts will establish a Teleradiology Command Centre at the National Hospital of Sri Lanka (NHSL) providing facilities completely free of charge.

The Command Centre will be linked to hospitals around Sri Lanka. The local healthcare industry has been coping with various challenges, including medical care delivery turnaround time, rapid changes and adoption of expensive diagnostic technology, large digital storage needs and rising costs.

Utilising the innovative Picture Archiving Communication System (PACS) and Radiology Information System (RIS) digital platforms the Centre will facilitate enhanced medical imaging services, increasing efficiency as well as bringing considerable cost savings to the public health network in Sri Lanka.

The Picture Archiving Communication System (PACS) and Radiology Information System (RIS) is a Medical Imaging platform that will enable the digital transformation of medical facilities around the country. This highly effective online platform utilises software and hardware which allows real-time system reporting with lossless images.

Transmission of electronic images and reports takes place digitally; so, manual filing, retrieving and distribution of film jackets is no longer required. It allows storage and viewing of all types of medical imaging by healthcare organizations both internally and externally.

Not just a replacement for conventional x-ray methods, PACS offers exceptional return on investments with overall improvement of efficiency and long-term cost savings, as well as countless advantages for medical professionals, which in turn, brings benefits to patients.

As a paperless or filmless operation, the benefits to the environment, especially in the long term are also a positive factor. The end benefit to patients being access to better medical care at short notice with reduced costs, which can be a life-saver in more ways than one.

Introducing PACS-RIS will bring the concept of digital health to Sri Lanka. This cloud-based Mi (Medical Imaging) Platform is a new age technology that will revolutionise radiology facilities in the country by providing an alternative advanced digital solution that is more efficient, and cost–effective. It will raise the levels of healthcare technology in Sri Lanka to global standards.

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