RIS and PACS, acronym for Radiology Information System and Picture Archiving and Communication System, is the most innovative and comprehensive system for managing the workflow of the diagnostic process in a single DB software and with a single user interface. PACS provides radiologists with the environment to perform their work as smoothly and efficiently as possible with instant access to all the tools in one single diagnostic workstation. Efficient planning tools and excellent overviews reduce waiting times to a minimum, supporting fast and accurate diagnoses.
RIS/ PACS are a valuable tool for healthcare organizations, enabling physicians to quickly and easily share enterprise medical imaging reports electronically. Even as they become a standard platform at most facilities, their usefulness is growing as options such as a vendor neutral archive and other options are available.
Main Benefits of a RIS/ PACS System:
- Digital images allow you to zoom in on images and manipulate them for better viewing and analysis.
- Can help reduce the number of duplicate images since previous results are available electronically, improving data management efficiency.
- Facilitates quick and easy access to patient images and reports. With PACS, tests can be performed anywhere and results can be shared electronically with other remote facilities. A PACS also allows staff to remotely view images, submit reports, archive images and transport them if necessary via portable media.
- Allows physicians to acquire a chronological view of patients’ radiology histories, facilitating the comparison of a number of previous studies.
- Have a number of add-ons available to make it even more user-friendly for staff and beneficial to patient care. Vendor neutral archives allow you to better organize your stored imaging data, with a centralized, accessible system that’s agnostic to database, operating system, image generating device and infrastructure. Peer Review allows for a seamless, efficient review of radiology cases within a physician’s daily workflow.
The current dynamics in the radiology IT marketplace suggest that revenues will revert to a steady but sluggish growth path as the field moves slowly toward a new wave of system replacements.
The recent growth and adoption of IT countrywide in healthcare has continued the sustained growth of the radiology informatics market and solid annual growth in picture archiving and communication systems (PACSs), as well. However, factors such as market saturation, lengthening replacement cycles and a new focus of IT departments on electronic health records all contributed to a drag on the market.
But the need for medical imaging providers to adopt new system capabilities that reinforce clinical IT needs is warranting the replacement of legacy systems and the adoption of next generation image and information management platforms.
As vendors in the consolidated PACS industry strive to revive past growth synergies in the radiology informatics market, imaging providers are only slowly buying into the value proposition of new generation systems.
Adopting RIS & PACS
PACS has become an essential tool for hospitals and their served community. The increased need for image processing has placed demands on the speed and capabilities needed for image storage and visualization by the hospital enterprise, with image processing utilization expanding beyond radiology. The top planned PACS investments are to expand image storage capacity, additional PACS workstations and flat screen monitors, expanding network/bandwidth infrastructure, advanced visualization software and wireless networking.
Initially viewed as an efficiency tool just for radiology, PACS has become a cornerstone of communicating diagnostic results across healthcare systems, and is increasingly being integrated with other healthcare enterprise systems such as EMR/EHR and HIS. Some facilities are developing enterprise-wide solutions that integrate PACS with cardiology PACS, as well as data from other specialties.
Mostly Indian urban hospitals have adopted RIS and PACS efficiently. However, larger acceptability is still a constraint because Indian hospitals and healthcare industry normally is price sensitive. Hence, the key requirement is that the solution should be cost competitive. Other than that it is also necessary that the solution should have interface with third party applications, it should offer ease to use for end users and it must conform to global standards of healthcare. These solutions store images electronically thus hospitals can save a lot on operational costs. With RIS-PACS, hospitals can vastly improve their efficiency. Since these solutions enable attaching patient medical records and report electronically to their files, it is easier for doctors to send them within the hospital to experts / consultants for second opinion. They can also store for their record and reference. Also, electronic storage of data enables healthcare institutions to store the images in their archive and can be revisited by them at any point later for reference without the fear of physical damage to reports.