Written by Jonny Williamson
The software, developed with the input from an industry leading professional, is able to set specific parameters to filter the files to ensure only the correct films are extracted and securely destroyed.
The system also takes a digital image of the label, including patient ID, so the Trusts receive an electronic record which can be easily located in databases such as Microsoft’s Excel.
Managing Director of Recycled UK, Paul Green, commented:
“This is a massive opportunity for both businesses and one that we have invested nearly £100,000 on so far, predominantly in creating unique software and ensuring the right processes are in place. Currently, X-ray films take up valuable space and can be expensive to retrieve even before disposal, with some NHS Trusts paying monthly storage fees as well.”
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“What we are offering is the opportunity to take all of the hassle out of the situation. We’ll collect the files, filter using the vision imaging software, securely dispose of them and then provide a certificate of destruction and an electronic record. Better still, there’s absolutely no cost and the Trusts even get a rebate from the silver we extract from the X-ray films.”
The two UK-based businesses are also setting their collective sights on other sectors which could benefit from the innovative service, including veterinary, dentistry and industrial. First though, the partners are gearing up for the HC2012 exhibition which starts tomorrow, a national event for health informatics, clinicians and senior managers.
Hugh Whitcomb, Managing Director of IMR, continued:
“We’ve had some excellent early feedback and we’re hoping that showcasing the technology at this industry show will generate even further demand. So far, every Trust that has trailed it has been delighted with the time savings, the speed of the process and the peace of mind that files will be disposed of securely and an electronic record kept on a database. The fact they actually use it as a revenue stream is another major plus, especially when budgets for the NHS are being squeezed.”
Recycled UK is a fully licensed and authorised waste management service specialising in the recycling of all hard plastics, cardboard and film. IMR Ltd is a specialist in industrial material recycling, dealing predominantly with plastics, metals, chemicals, cardboard and paper.