Commercial Partnership

Partnership Benefits

With our partners we undertake to:

 

  • Reduce the number of invasive post-mortems

  • Offer a front line and dedicated service

  • Write bespoke protocols

  • Write a bespoke Service Level Agreement

  • Offer state of art support for the existing infrastructure

  • Offer choice for the community and the coroner

  • Reduce expenditure

  • Offer the ability to revisit data and images, useful in criminal cases.

Digital Autopsy Facility Types

iGene Digital Autopsy can help address your concerns and issues by changing how death is investigated. It is now recognised that the traditional autopsy is not always necessary.

The current demand for a less-invasive autopsy service is expected to grow. There are important religious and cultural benefits to non-invasive post-mortem and, with the recognition that there is no longer the need to undertake a traditional post-mortem in certain types of death, iGene Digital Autopsy can meet these demands.

With 7 years’ experience of providing Digital Autopsy Services within the UK, iGene are the perfect partner to assist in making the transition from traditional Coronial/Pathology services to a more seamless digital service, with the benefits that this brings.

The Digital Autopsy Facility (DAF) model is the provision of a fully functioning facility in the form of either a self-contained Digital Autopsy suite or the refit of an existing building or room to supply a facility to meet the demands of the location, be it a Digital Autopsy suite or a refit.

iGene will operate the facility and perform Digital Autopsies on all cases(with Coronial consent) and will be to bespoke Standard Operating Procedures agreed with the Coroner and the Local Authority. iGene will, if possible, partner with the local NHS Trust to subcontract the radiologists, radiographers and APT staff to operate and assist in the imaging process, angiography and reporting process. Full training in the processes will be given by Professor Ian Roberts and Dr Zoe Traill  who work in a consultancy capacity for iGene.

The facility would be part of the iGene network, images generated from each Digital Autopsy being sent to a fully secure data store before processing and reporting by iGene fully trained UK based radiologists. Our Datacentre operations are located within a Government approved impact level 5 secure datacentre facility which operates to ISO27001 and HM Government Infosec standards.

Within the provision of such a facility iGene use experienced Project, IT and Service teams in order to provide a complete package from the project inception to being fully operational. To achieve this seamless transition iGene undertake to provide the following:

  • Depending on the type of facility iGene will either remodel an existing facility or provide a purpose built self-contained Digital Autopsy suite.

  • Full feasibility study of the proposed site will be carried out.

  • Heads of Terms.

  • Planning proposal including design and drawings.

  • Enabling works.

  • Provision of hardware including CT scanner.

  • Data Storage. Our Datacentre operations are located within a Government approved impact level 5 secure datacentre facility which operates to ISO27001 and HM Government Infosec standards.

  • Provision of iGene proprietary software which has been specifically forensically designed for imaging and to meet the security and reporting requirements of the medicolegal process.

  • Software for calcium scoring.

  • The facility will be built to comply with the radiation regulations and advised by the RPA.

  • Full training of pathologists and radiology staff and upskilling where necessary will be provided.

  • Fully trained UK based GMC registered radiologists for timely reporting.

  • Reporting infrastructure to meet agreed performance indicators.

  • iGene Service Department to assist and coordinate in the registration of referrals, provide a main point of contact for Corners Officers and mortuaries whilst also monitoring and managing the workflow and reporting of cases.

DA Light is designed for locations where the number of post-mortems carried out do not commercially support a full DA Facility being delivered.

In providing this service the Client would provide a facility or utilise and existing facility which would include the necessary CT scanning equipment and a secure infrastructure that would allow the images to be sent to iGene for remote reporting by iGene’s UK based, fully qualified GMC registered radiologists.

The DA Light concept will include the following:

  • Provision of iGene proprietary software which has been specifically designed to meet the reporting requirements of the coronial service.

  • Data storage. Our Datacentre operations are located within a Government approved impact level 5 secure datacentre facility which operates to ISO27001 and HM Government Infosec standards

  • Fully secure reporting framework that facilitates remote reporting.

  • Fully qualified UK based GMC registered radiologists who will report to agreed timelines.

  • Full training of pathologists and radiology staff will be provided.

  • Reporting infrastructure to meet agreed performance indicators.

The Turnkey concept is based primarily on the Client retaining operational rights for the Digital Autopsy facility whilst at the same time iGene retaining the reporting rights. This concept is intended for both the home markets and addresses the need for such facilities on a global scale.

In establishing such a facility, the Client will pay iGene to carry out all the work associated with the delivery and installation of a traditional Digital Autopsy Facility be it a refit or a self-contained Digital Autopsy suite. By working with existing suppliers iGene undertake to provide a facility at an agreed location in an agreed timeframe. On completion of the construction works the facility will become the property of the client who will be responsible for the maintenance and operation of the facility.

As part of the contractual agreement iGene will undertake to provide the Client with the infrastructure to send data for reporting purposes. The generated data will be reported remotely (as with the DA Light model), the Digital Autopsy reports being provided using iGene proprietary software with the images being interpreted by suitably qualified iGene Radiologists and reported within agreed timelines.

Within the provision of such a facility iGene use experienced Project, IT and Service teams in order to provide a complete package from the project inception to being fully operational. To achieve this seamless transition, iGene undertake to provide the following:

  • Depending on the type of facility iGene will either remodel an existing facility or provide a self-contained Digital Autopsy suite.

  • A full feasibility study of the proposed site will be carried out.

  • Consultancy with existing stakeholders.

  • Heads of Terms.

  • Planning proposal including design and drawings.

  • Enabling works.

  • Provision of hardware including CT scanner.

  • Data Storage. Our Datacentre operations are located within a Government approved impact level 5 secure datacentre facility which operates to ISO27001 and HM Government Infosec standards.

  • Provision of iGene proprietary imaging software which has been specifically designed to meet the security and reporting requirements of the medico legal process.

  • The facility will be built to comply with the radiation regulations and advised by the RPA.

  • Full training of pathologists and radiology staff will be provided.

  • Fully trained UK based GMC registered radiologists for timely reporting.

  • Reporting infrastructure to meet agreed performance indicators.

Frequently asked questions

What is the cost to the local authority for a Digital Autopsy?


The costs of a Digital Autopsy will depend on the type of facility and how much iGene have invested in it. iGene sign long term agreements to provide the service and to ensure that we make the price per DA cost neutral to the local authority meaning they would pay no more than they currently do for a traditional post-mortem.




How long does a Digital Autopsy take?


A Digital Autopsy will take between 20 & 30 minutes. If angiography is required, this would take a further 10 minutes.




What do iGene provide?


Depending on the type of facility (See types of facilities) iGene would provide and arrange all aspects of a Digital Autopsy suite from the CT Scanner, to the software, radiation protocols and staff.




Do iGene provide transport?


Yes, if required iGene will be able to provide transport to collect and return the bodies to where they came from.




Is training included for Pathologists, Radiographers, Radiologists and APT’s?


All training is provided by iGene. Professor Ian Roberts would provide full training to all pathologists and Dr Zoe Traill provides all training to the Radiologists. Radiographers will be trained on the CT scanner by an iGene member of staff and our Angiography Technician will provide training to all APT’s if required. This will be an ongoing process to ensure the best possible results and care for the deceased.




What are the advantages of a Digital Autopsy?


The minimally invasive, often non-invasive nature of the procedure offers dignity and respect to the deceased whilst providing comfort to their families.

A Digital Autopsy’s data can also be revisited and reinvestigated long after the body has been laid to rest. With iGene’s proprietary imaging software and with all the information and images digitised it allows for second opinions, 3D images to be produced and 360 degrees rotation.

If a cause of death is determined by a Digital Autopsy the body can usually be returned to the family sooner.

Given the minimally invasive nature of a Digital Autopsy, the iGene procedure meets the religious and cultural requirements of today’s multi-faith society.

  • A families comfort
  • Minimally invasive procedure
  • Quick and efficient, half the time of a full post-mortem
  • Reduces mortuary backlog
  • Freeing up valuable body storage space
  • Affords more time to a pathologist
  • Meets religious requirements.





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