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Kestral Welcomes Vascular One Ultrasound

June 2011

Vascular One Ultrasound (VOU) is a new facility serving Kotara and surrounding areas in the Hunter region of Newcastle, NSW. Located around 160 kilometres from Sydney, Newcastle is among the ten largest cities in Australia with an approximated population of 300,000.

Senior Sonographer Warren Lewis and his wife Teresa saw the need for specialised vascular ultrasound services in the area and began work on the business in December 2010. VOU has now opened its doors to the public, beautifully fitted out with leading edge Toshiba Xario XG Ultrasound equipment and the best RIS for the job – Karisma.

Support Consultant Lyn Gannon lead the installation project with a number of Kestral staff at her disposal to help with installing and setting up the Karisma client and agents; installation of HL7 Connect on the VOU server and configuration of the database; setting up medical objects and provide general support and technical advice.

At VOU, the workflow process begins with the Senior Sonographer creating interim reports on ultrasound findings for his patients, then passing these reports for review and authorisation by the radiologists at Newcastle Radiology. This process is achieved by allowing remote connection to Karisma from Newcastle Radiology – an indispensible feature of the Karisma RIS and HL7 Connect.

The first full day of operation at VOU saw several patients put through the system - all happy customers. The worksheets used in the facility are superbly designed and have been incorporated into Karisma as Request Labels. As a specialist site, VOU also uses a complex set of service types and private billing discounts. Making sure these key features were set up properly in Karisma provided Lyn Gannon with a substantial and valuable challenge.

Mr Lewis was pleased with the completed configuration, as well as the short time frame from the start of installation to the live operation of the system. Vascular One Ultrasound provides much-needed specialised services to the city of Newcastle and Kestral was pleased to be a part of opening Kotara’s outstanding new facility.


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