CASE STUDY

Mobile Mammography Vans powered by Ambra Health and MC Healthcare in Japan Deliver Expert Care in Seconds

Ambra Health partnered with MC Healthcare to allow instant routing of mammography images through the web to Sagara Hospital, reaching more women in the community and speeding up time-to-care delivery.

Summary

Hakuakai Sagara Hospital was founded in 1946 in Kagoshima, Japan and since then has earned an exceptional reputation as a leading hospital specializing in breast cancer and women’s health. The original philosophy of the hospital was “together pursuing the well-being of our patients,” and they remain dedicated to providing leading medical care to patients by making the most of their unique features, women’s health specialties, and technological innovations. In order to reach more women in the community, Sagara developed two mobile mammography vans. However, burning patient imaging on to CDs that then had to be driven back to the hospital for review was a long and potentially error-prone process. Today, MC Healthcare, a subsidiary company of Mitsubishi Corporation, and Ambra Health have partnered to allow instant routing of mammography images through the web to Sagara Hospital, speeding up time-to-care delivery and allowing more patient visits.

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Elimination of CDs

Hakuakai Sagara Hospital in Kagoshima, Japan, is a leading hospital specializing in breast cancer and women’s health and an early adopter of Ambra’s industry-leading imaging exchange solutions for its mobile mammography services. In order to reach more women in the community, Sagara developed two mobile mammography vans. The CDs would then be mailed or driven to the hospital or clinic facilities. Physicians would then review the imaging and if a second opinion was needed, the CD would have to be mailed yet again to another facility.

“We previously used CDs to send images back to our clinic in Tokyo for second opinion readings which was extremely time consuming and frustrating for patients. Now, second opinions can be rendered immediately with instantaneous image exchange.”
– Dr. Tozaki, Director of Breast Oncology Department,
Sargara Women’s Healthcare Group

Imaging Uploaded Directly to Ambra Cloud

Today, with Ambra Health, imaging is uploaded directly to the cloud, allowing instant routing of mammography images through the web to Sagara Hospital, speeding time-to-care delivery and allowing more patient visits. On board, the mobile mammography bus is a lightweight gateway that instantly sends imaging to the Ambra cloud.

The imaging is then sent to Siemens Syngo PACS at the hospital and clinics where it can be viewed by physicians.

The van driver simply turns on the bus, Wifi (powered by a mobile hotspot), and gateway to get started. The Ambra platform has been fully localized for the Japanese market by becoming APPI (Act on the Protection of Personal Information) compliant, run from a data center in Tokyo for optimized performance, and featuring a Japanese language user interface. In total, Ambra is now available in eight different languages, including English, Japanese, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, Chinese and Arabic, for a truly global footprint.