Soon Chun Hyang University Hospital in Korea, hopes to reduce annual operating costs by up to 40%, following the implementation of an integrated medical records system.
Soon Chun Hyang University Hospital is one of the largest healthcare organisations in South Korea, operating 2,890 beds across hospitals around the country—Seoul, Gumi, Cheonan and Bucheon.
In 2013, the hospital embarked on a project to migrate all medical records, MRI scans and payment systems to a single electronic medical records system. In doing so, the hospital became the first medical centre in the country to implement an integrated hospital infrastructure.
The new system is designed to enable the hospital to dramatically improve patient care by being able to determine and dispense the most appropriate treatments more clearly and quickly than in the past.
The hospital is benefiting from significant improvements in efficiency as a result of the systems implementation, which it estimates could lower annual operating costs by up to 40 percent.
“Today, patient imaging data can be shared with another hospital department for analysis in just 30 minutes – an improvement of over 95 percent. Because the IBM solution is entirely electronic, we have also reduced the risks associated with losing physical copies of test results”, said Yoon SooKeun, Chief Information Officer, Soon Chun Hyang University Hospital, Korea.
The project was based on IBM smart computing technologies, involving a significant upgrade to the hospitals infrastructure, including new processing, storage, virtualization technologies. Once fully operational, the centralised system will be located at a single datacentre in Bucheon.
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