The Government of the Northwest Territories has purchased and implemented an innovative digital imaging solution from Carestream Health, of Rochester, N.Y., to improve healthcare in its remote communities.
In the past, film images taken in the territory’s various community health centres were transported hundreds of miles to Yellowknife, the territorial capital, for reading and reporting – a process that could take up to two weeks for a diagnosis. Today digital images are available for reading in just 10-15 minutes.
The project involved installation of a DIRECTVIEW Classic CR system and a CARESTREAM workstation at 18 community health centres located throughout the vast region, which covers 1.3 million square kilometers (519,731 square miles) and contains communities both above and below the Arctic Circle.
Images are forwarded from the workstation to a server that transmits exams to a PACS installed at Stanton Territorial Hospital in Yellowknife.