Does a CVIS make good business sense? The following story may help you answer that question.
A few years ago the administration at Cooper University Hospital in Camden, New Jersey was ready to take a big step. They wanted to replace an analog-based CVIS (yes, they were using VCR’s) with a digital system. And they wanted to improve operational and energy efficiency. And they wanted to make the change on a tight budget.
Cooper chose McKesson and VMware to design and implement the new digital system. VMware brought a “virtualized server model” to the hospital; this freed individual computers from having to run all necessary applications, making them faster and more energy-efficient. McKesson brought its CVIS and, together with VMware’s engineers, carefully implemented its software so that it would be accessible from any computer in the Cooper system.
The results were exceptional. Wait time for images was reduced by 80% while image quality was vastly improved. The hospital also estimated that it saved over $400,000 because of the McKesson-VMware system, and it anticipates savings in operational and energy costs for years to come.
Cooper University Hospital is the first in the nation to combine a virtualized server model with McKesson’s products, and its administrators think that the new system will be studied and repeated in many other hospitals.
The partnership between McKesson, VMware, and Cooper University Hospital led to a CMIO award. CMIO was particularly impressed with Cooper’s willingness to adopt a virtualized server model – a rarity in healthcare – and McKesson and VMware’s ability to work together to achieve first-class results.