Picture Archiving and Exchange (PACS/RIS)

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Providers want more functionality in PACS systems

Despite a PACS imaging technology market that is relatively saturated, a growing need for additional functionality around imaging management and distribution is leading healthcare organizations to look to upgrade technology it already has in place, according to the latest HIMSS Analytics Essentials Brief--the "2014 Imaging Technology Study."

Referring docs believe up to 20 percent of FDG PET/CT scans are misread

A survey of referring physicians has found that many believe that up to 20 percent of F-18 FDG PET/CT scans are being misread.

Cerner in talks to acquire Siemens' RIS solution

Cerner, which announced in August that it will acquire Siemens health information technology business in early 2015, is reported to be in talks to purchase Siemens radiology information system (RIS) solution, as well.

The evolution of PACS

As the healthcare industry increasingly adopts new accountable care payment models, providers must determine the most cost-effective ways to deliver quality patient care. In the case of radiologists, that means improving communication with fellow doctors and cutting back on unnecessary imaging as reimbursement dollars will be handed out based, not on the volume of patient tests conducted, but the sustained good health of those patients.   To that end, the evolution of picture archiving and communication systems is crucial. Special Report

How radiology information systems can remain relevant

Despite the emergence of picture archiving and communications systems (PACS) and electronic medical records (EMRs), radiology information systems (RIS) still hold relevance in the current medical imaging industry. The role of such data and workflow management systems continues to evolve, according to Kevin McEnery, director of innovation in imaging informatics at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.

PACS alerts boost communication of unexpected findings

Healthcare providers can reduce the risks associated with unread radiology reports that contain significant or unexpected findings by integrating electronic alert systems into PACS, according to a study published online this month in the  Journal of the American College of Radiology.

EMR access can be critical to radiology decision-making

Access to electronic medical record data can be critical to radiology decision making in emergency departments, new research published this month in  Health Affairs  shows.

Hospitals turn to EHRs to create deeply integrated imaging system

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and Virtua, a Southern New Jersey health system, have created a shared diagnostic imaging partnership they claim goes beyond the conventional health information exchange.

Reading rooms in clinical areas add value to radiology

Integrating radiology rooms into clinical areas can provide a number of benefits to referring physicians and patients, and even help reduce the number of unnecessary repeat imaging studies, according to an article in the  Journal of the American College of Radiology.

Researchers to build children's brain imaging data bank

Johns Hopkins University researchers are building a digital library of MRI scans they've collected from children with normal and abnormal brains with the goal of developing a system that will help diagnose and treat younger patients who are dealing with brain disorders.