NHS Long Term Plan 2020 - Partner Profile - Synapps Solutions
Who are SynApps Solutions?
We specialise in enterprise content management (ECM), vendor-neutral archive (VNA) and healthcare technologies. As the exclusive UK distributor for MeVis Veolity, we help radiologists review and validate lung CT scans at speed. Veolity™ is a dedicated software package for lung cancer diagnostics, offering efficient and effective reading of chest CT scans used in routine screening programmes. Veolity increases throughput rates for busy clinicians thanks to computer-aided diagnostics, automated measurements and comparisons with prior findings, and optimised, structured reporting.
How has SynApps Solutions improved outcomes for the NHS and patients?
The deployment of our lung cancer diagnostics solution is helping to streamline the process of analysing and reporting of lung cancer scan findings, combining these with those of earlier scans to draw insightful and actionable conclusions. By enabling a higher throughput of scan reading, while maintaining high accuracy, our application of Veolity is helping to broaden the rollout of targeted lung health checks across the community and deliver improved access to patients who might not otherwise present for screening until too late. The new national NHS lung cancer screening programme is targeting high-risk populations. But with radiology services already under pressure, Veolity makes this invaluable scheme viable by maximising these busy clinicians’ time. The NHS target for new mobile lung cancer screening is to be able to see and process 600,000 individuals over the next 4 years. Veolity will help radiology departments meet those targets. We estimate that using Veolity can give radiologists up to 2 hours of their time back per day to keep on top of their workloads – without removing the reassurance of human oversight.
What has been your greatest achievement to date? And were there any measurable outcomes that accompanied this achievement?
It is still too early in the deployment of lung screening within the NHS for measureable outcomes to assessed. However Veolity offers a tangible real-world example of the potential of AI-based technology, offering a step change in the tools available to clinicians, and the potential to transform the volumes of work they can practically process while maintaining maximum accuracy and patient safety. We are pleased with the positive reception the product has received to date.
How many organisations/clients currently utilise the service/solution across the UK?
We have 4 NHS sites live at this time, and are seeing strong interest from other NHS sites as word gets around.
Is there anything you would like to make delegates aware of ahead of the NHS Long Term Plan 2020 conference on 29th April?
The recent government review of national cancer screening revealed that technology will play a key role if screening is to be provided at the scale and standard required by such programmes. However, the ever-broadening choice of screening programmes also requires a step change in the way patient engagement is approached, giving patients more control of where, when and how they get access to these services and the subsequent results. A coordinated solution providing online patient engagement is essential if follow-up screening appointments (eg. 3 months later) are to be met in a timely manner.
What do you feel are the key points delegates need to digest when considering a partnership with SynApps Solutions?
SynApps is an established and respected provider of integrated healthcare solutions which can specifically benefit hospitals looking to initiate a screening programme. Since adding Veolity to our healthcare content management portfolio, we’ve attended a number of events jointly with its creator, MeVis, to promote the software to the UK healthcare market, and the reception has been fantastic.
We can also provide full integration with hospitals’ existing picture archiving and communication systems (PACS)/radiology information systems (RIS) or vendor-neutral archive (VNA)/electronic content management systems, as well as tailored advice and training. Indeed, we are ideally placed to implement Veolity for NHS Trusts as many of these institutions already source their patient record systems from SynApps.
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