The 10 projects at the heart of NHS IT reveals which are on time - and which are running late

Picture Archiving and Communications System (Pacs)

Pacs allows images such as X-rays and scans to be stored digitally, and all but removes traditional film from the process.

Find out more about the 10 key NHS IT projects

♦&nbsp NHS Care Records Service

♦&nbsp Choose and Book

♦&nbsp The Electronic Prescription Service

♦&nbsp N3 national broadband network

♦&nbsp Picture Archiving and Communications System (Pacs)

♦&nbsp The Spine

♦&nbsp The Quality Management and Analysis System

♦&nbsp GP2GP record transfer

♦&nbsp NHSmail- a central email and directory service for the NHS

♦&nbsp Secondary Uses Service

As a result health professionals can access images on laptops or tablet PCs, speeding up the delivery of information - and cutting the costs associated with film processing and storage.

Pacs is being delivered throughout England within five regions or "clusters", each working with a single local service provider (LSP).

What progress so far?

To date, more than 473 million images have been stored so far using Pacs supplied as part of NpfIT.

Pacs has been fully deployed to all acute hospitals since December 2007 and the focus is now concentrated on image sharing between locations.

A system to allow Pacs files between 20MB and 1GB to be transferred between locations will be in place by January next year while any smaller files can be transferred via the health service's email system, NHSmail.

CfH is also working with security vendor McAfee and Pacs suppliers to enable encrypted CDs to be burned from the system.

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Nick Heath is chief reporter for TechRepublic UK. He writes about the technology that IT-decision makers need to know about, and the latest happenings in the European tech scene.

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