Solution / Product

EOS medical imaging system for the Principality of Asturias health service

The aim behind the system’s creation and evolution was to foster the uptake of digital technology in the radiology and nuclear medicine services of Spanish hospitals. Healthcare ecosystem interoperability, the use of advanced decision-making tools and integration between the physical and virtual worlds are features of this era of mass information in digital medical imaging and make it necessary to provide technicians and specialists with the right tools to handle service workflows. The outcome is the effective, streamlined and quality diagnosis of studies performed on patients in hospital centres.
A radiological information system (RIS) to manage the workflows of radiodiagnostic and nuclear medicine health services and related imaging circuits. EOS features specific modules for imaging request management, citation, activity registration, exploration reporting, interesting case management, radiopharmacy preparation/administration and data exploitation. EOS can also be integrated with voice recognition tools, hospital information systems (HIS), picture archiving and communication systems (PACS) and image viewers as needed.

Development and evolution of a proprietary product using web technology with agile methodologies

Third-party app integration (HIS, PACS, viewers…) via standard protocols (HL7, DICOM…)

Implementation across 13 hospitals for 900 direct users and 3,000 indirect clinicians

A health service among the best public healthcare providers in Spain

SESPA, the Principality of Asturias Health Service, has been the public body with the remit for health since the transfer of powers from the former Insalud in Asturias in 2002. It serves over one million inhabitants in eight health areas. The service manages seven public hospitals, six state-subsidised private hospitals with over 3,300 beds in total, 82 health centres and has 15,000-plus employees. It currently generates more than one million imaging tests a year.

We won the tender to implement the RIS-PACS corporate digital imaging system for SESPA in 2005, during a boom in the modernisation of radiodiagnosis systems in Spain, with strong industry competition. In 2010, at the same time as it was rolled out in the HUCA reference hospital, a solution was also provided to the workflow of the Nuclear Medicine Radiopharmacy Unit. It was fully implemented across all health centres by 2013, and has since been maintaining and developing the digital imaging system in the region.

The digital transformation of the radiodiagnosis/nuclear medicine service of public and state-subsidised private hospitals in the Principality of Asturias

The SESPA radiodiagnosis and nuclear medicine services previously worked with poorly integrated, text-based legacy information systems (from the former INSALUD) and film processing to generate analogue imaging plates. The medical file or record was mainly on paper or analogue, and hospital workflows required digitisation.

BABEL developed a proprietary RIS product (EOS) and integrated it into the HIS/HCE hospital systems, along with PACS and speech recognition products from two niche manufacturers. The RIS solution was also progressively rolled out across all hospitals and adapted to the different existing imaging circuits, while HIS/HCE was upgraded and organisational change managed at the same time. Working closely with the customer, we developed a dedicated RIS evolution and integrated it into the radiopharmaceutical management circuit of the nuclear medicine service’s radiopharmacy unit at HUCA.

We took charge of the maintenance and evolution of this RIS product, which was adapted and integrated into telemedicine circuits and other imaging specialities.

Technology, functional knowledge and flexibility at the service of radiology and nuclear medicine

  • Onboarding of a multidisciplinary team with a functional leader, RIS/PACS experience and a technology leader with expertise in developing web applications for different fields.
  • System selection and integration into market-leading products for voice recognition and PACS.
  • Project aimed at change management and customer and user satisfaction.
  • Use of agile methodologies to align and coordinate real-time project efforts with client expectations and needs.

Find out about the result

Provider of the health ecosystem that has implemented its product across the eight healthcare areas and 13 hospitals in the SESPA field of action.

Trusted partner for initiatives in the field of digital medical imaging by SESPA, such as the expansion of telemedicine, the incorporation of other imaging service circuits and clinical tool development.