Southwestern Ontario Diagnostic Imaging Network
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Introduction


The Southwestern Ontario Diagnostic Imaging Network (SWODIN) connects Radiologists, referring Physicians and Specialists at hospitals across Southwestern Ontario, allowing them to instantly access, store, and view Diagnostic Images and reports. SWODIN not only provides a network, but also supports significant lines of businesses such as: PACS (Picture Archiving and Communication System), DI-r (Diagnostic Imaging Repository), ENITS (Emergency Neuro Imaging Transfer System), Speech Recognition and DI images for Cardiology.

London Health Sciences Centre and St. Joseph’s Healthcare London jointly act as a Service Provider in delivering, what was the first network of its kind in North America, access to a comprehensive record of patient images acquired at multiple facilities from multiple vendor platforms. Images are housed in multiple datacentres in southwestern Ontario, built to handle four million exams acquired annually. All data is replicated with extensive fail-safe procedures in place.

The current Diagnostic Imaging environment in Southwestern Ontario connects 18 local PACS systems supporting clinicians in over 60 hospitals and 6 Independent Health Facilities (IHFs).  There are approximately 24 Million exams currently being archived and available for viewing in the repository.

SWODIN acknowledges the support and funding from participating partner-hospitals, eHealth Ontario and Canada Health Infoway.

eHealth Ontario  plays a leading role in harnessing technology and innovation to improve patient care, safety, and access supporting the Ontario government's health strategy. eHealth Ontario assists in driving the transformation of Ontario's health care system, building toward an electronic health record for all Ontarians which provides a comprehensive, patient-focused, secure and private electronic system.

Canada Health Infoway is an independent, not-for-profit organization funded by the federal government. Infoway jointly invests with every province and territory to accelerate the development and adoption of electronic health record projects in Canada. Fully respecting patient confidentiality, these secure systems  provide clinicians and patients with the information they need to better support safe care decisions and manage their own health. Accessing this vital information quickly will help foster a more modern and sustainable health care system for all Canadians.

Patient Benefits
  • Improvements to quality care, safety and continuity of care
  • Reduces duplicate testing
  • Better and timely care
  • Enables more informed health care decisions and improved patient outcomes
Clinician Benefits
  • Improves efficiency of clinical decision-making
  • Allows more time for patient care by reducing administrative burdens
  • Improves the ability to better manage, coordinate and plan care
  • Increases the ability to monitor patient outcomes
Health System Benefits
  • Reduces overall costs to the individual management of separate facilities
  • Supports opportunities to improve the overall sustainability of the health system
  • Enhances health system planning, decision support and performance management
  • Reduces wait times.