NEHSA Background

NEHSA (North East Health Services Alliance) was first created through the shared AGFA Healthcare install of PACS in North Eastern Ontario in 2004, followed by other organizations joining the group through 2007. The goals of the partnership were and continue to be: the creation of an integrated PACS system to allow for seamless delivery of Medical Imaging services through Northeastern Ontario and realizing opportunities for sharing resources and economies of scale and thus cost savings.

NEHSA  acknowledges that our goal can only become a reality by partnering with other Northern Health Care initiatives. Within the last 11 years, OVER 2 Million medical imaging exams are stored centrally in the Sudbury archive allowing for quicker read times and therefore better patient care.   As well, we have connected with the NORrad install of PACS in Timmins allowing physicians in the North East access to over 200,000 medical images yearly.

The following corporations are part of NEHSA:

  • Espanola General Hospital
  • Manitoulin Health Centre (Little Current and Mindemoya)
  • Health Science North / Horizon Sante-Nord
  • North Shore Health Network (Blind River, Thessalon and Matthews)
  • West Nipissing General Hospital - Sturgeon Falls 
  • St Joseph General Hospital - Elliot Lake
  • Temiskaming Hospital
  • Sudbury Vascular Labs
  • Gore Bay Medical Clinic
  • West Parry Sound Health Center

The NEHSA Picture Archiving and Communication System (PACS) is a computerized system for the storage, retrieval and display of medical images in a networked environment. PACS provides remote access to patient images and radiology report information, to authorized users, no matter where they are located in the province.

PACS works with medical imaging devices (X-ray, CT scanner, MRI, and ultrasound) to capture images in a digital format. Images can be stored, archived and shared over a secure computer network. This eliminates the need for traditional film.

We need the ability to integrate key patient medical information and to have it readily available to authorized health care providers. We have to be able to manage the data and transmit it securely to the place where health care decisions are being made.


The kind of images managed include:

  • Ultrasound
  • Computed Tomography (CT)
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
  • Nuclear Medicine (DI and Cardiac)
  • Angiography
  • Mammography
  • Cardiology
  • Computer and Digital Radiography



Benefits for patients include:

  • Improved service in rural areas
  • Decreased waiting times between tests and results
  • The elimination of film transport between locations and enhanced patient safety

Benefits for physicians include:

  • Faster and easier access to images and reports
  • Remote access to images for off-hours coverage
  • Enhances remote reporting capabilities

In addition, access to specialist consultations will improve because the PACS software will allow both the clinician and the referring radiologist to view the same images at the same time, while discussing them, even if they are in different cities.1

Yearly Study Averages Per Partner


  • Espanola General Hospital - 10 500
  • Manitoulin Health Centre -17 000
  • Health Science North / Horizon Sante-Nord - 250 000
  • Blind River District Health Centre - 8 000
  • West Nipissing General Hospital - 19 000
  • St Joseph General Hospital -16 000
  • Temiskaming Hospital -22 000
  • Sudbury Vascular Labs - 20 000
  • Gore Bay Medical Clinic - 500
  • West Parry Sound Health Center - 20 000