RIS and PACS

A radiology information system (RIS) is a networked software platform capable of storing, analyzing, and distributing radiology data. A picture archiving and communications system (PACS) is an image archiving system that offers advanced visualization and interpretation functionality. Integration with existing hospital information systems and future EHR installations is a key focus of successful RIS and PACS utilization.

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In one of the first large-scale empirical studies on the links between HIE participation and imaging in hospital emergency departments, researchers found redundant CT scans, X-rays and ultrasounds decreased fairly significantly -- with savings in the millions of dollars.
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Healthcare organizations with long-established electronic health records run the risk of "note bloat" and compromised patient safety unless they standardize physician documentation procedures and limit the amount of cutting-and-pasting doctors have to do.
January 20, 2014
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The U.S. Defense Department has furthered its investments in digital radiography and medical imaging systems after awarding a one-year, $70.2 million contract to imaging provider Carestream Health.
January 3, 2014
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The Joint Commission has announced changes to its standards for diagnostic imaging, effective July 1, 2014. Additional requirements will be phased in by 2015. The standards changes relate to either quality and safety issues that were needed to more fully address the evolution of healthcare delivery practices.
December 23, 2013
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Merge Healthcare is partnering with athenahealth to offer providers the ability to receive and view diagnostic images, exam results and other patient information within their electronic health records.
December 16, 2013
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Leveraging the Industrial Internet to better impact patient outcomes, GE Healthcare launched Centricity 360, a cloud service that the company calls "a GE Predictivity solution."
December 3, 2013
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RSNA and the Regenstrief Institute have begun work to harmonize and unify terms for radiology procedures. The intent is to improve the quality, consistency and interoperability of radiology test results in electronic medical record systems and health information exchange.
November 27, 2013
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Since its launch in 2009, the RSNA Image Share Network has enjoyed robust funding from the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering and found successes at some of the premier health systems in the U.S. Now it's looking for new providers to join.
November 21, 2013
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The 99th Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting of the Radiological Society of North America is about a lot more than just imaging. As health information technology transforms care delivery, dozens of courses at McCormick Place this December will explore the ways IT can improve diagnostics.
November 21, 2013
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The RIS/PACS market is evolving, as storage needs become acute and an expanding array of image types point toward the utility of vendor-neutral archives.
November 18, 2013
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Three-dimensional holographic medical imaging may not be as far away in the future as one might think, one recently concluded hospital pilot study has confirmed.
October 29, 2013
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Lexmark International has acquired PACSGEAR, which develops connectivity technology to manage and share medical images and integrate them with picture archiving and communication systems and electronic medical records.
October 4, 2013
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Healthcare organizations are burdened with a deluge of data and it’s only getting worse over time. Whether it’s provider-generated observational data coming through EHRs, medical imaging and telemetry data, or patient-generated consumer device and genetic data, the traditional methods for managing health information do not scale. Given the enormous and ever-increasing value of healthcare data, new approaches to enterprise ILM are essential. And, with scarce resources limiting your ability to “do it yourself” you’ll need the right partners that understand and implement these new approaches.
October 21, 2013
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Within the wide scope of use for wireless communications, the ability to use radio frequency for identification and location tracking has become very prevalent. This white paper provides a look into how RTLS is helping hospitals save money and how early adopters have paved the way for a widespread acceptance.
October 2, 2013
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The case for telemedicine in today’s healthcare world is rapidly changing. Not only does it reduce the costs of chronic care, it has been shown to improve outcomes. This white paper discusses where Telemedicine is today and where it's headed, based on technologies that are available and the increasing rate of adoption.
October 2, 2013
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Patient engagement and electronic HIE are the game changers of Stage 2 meaningful use requirements, which were designed to further expand the meaningful use of certified EHR technology. For patient engagement, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services added two core objectives – providing patients with online access to health information and providing secure messaging between patient and provider. This white paper highlights results from a study conducted by IDR Medical GmbH that surveyed 1,000 U.S.-based patients regarding their attitude toward patient portal technologies. Find out why the results show strong validation for imaging portal demand and need.
August 28, 2013
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For provider organizations, tools that drive improved performance of legacy clinical applications as well as improve security and create efficiencies in the management of client computing are increasingly becoming critical for healthcare organizations. Desktop virtualization technology is increasingly being used by providers to realize these advantages.
March 13, 2013
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Agility is central to delivering excellence in patient care. However, healthcare organizations have entered a new era of scale in which the amount of data captured, processed, and stored is breaking down every architectural construct in the storage industry. NetApp delivers innovative technologies and capabilities for an agile data infrastructure that address the challenges of big data scale, enabling healthcare providers to gain insight into massive datasets, move data quickly, and store important content for long periods of time.
March 13, 2013
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Now more than ever before, physicians use mobile technologies such as tablets and smartphones within their practice to bolster patient care, improve productivity, access EMRs and conduct video patient consultations. IT managers are then faced with the challenge of investing in a future-proof infrastructure, capable of handling gigabit capacities in order to avoid network bottlenecks over disparate facilities. Learn how healthcare institutions across the nation successfully solved their bandwidth challenges with a high-performance, HIPAA-compliant wireless connectivity solutions quickly, easily and cost-effectively.
February 27, 2013
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As hospitals adopt and expand mobile computing strategies, power systems are critical to ensuring caregivers access the information they need, shift after shift, where it matters most – at the point of care. The marketplace is filled with competing claims about which factors matter most. To help hospital decision makers evaluate their options, here are seven questions to ask in evaluating mobile computing workstations, primarily focused on power systems.
February 5, 2013
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This white paper focuses on how an EHR-Extender (EHR-e) can help hospitals leverage data trapped in the EHR and other clinical systems to establish better care team communication. The result of contextual critical alerts and texts are improved communication and enhanced workflows which makes patients, healthcare staff, administration, and regulators happy.
January 2, 2013
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Information Transforms Healthcare. As a Provider, you collect more data than ever before, from EMRs, patient surveys, home monitoring, to imaging. Collaborating on patient care is difficult at best—there’s so much data, it can’t easily be shared and it’s often incomplete. And new insights can only be derived from relevant information. IT executives can close the gap between maintenance and innovation budgets and deliver clinically relevant, operationally efficient, and fiscally sound solutions for the business. How? With a proven IT infrastructure that allows you to securely take advantage of newly digitized data.
November 7, 2012
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The wealth of electronic data generated by the U.S. healthcare system presents a paradox for healthcare providers. Cloud services offers healthcare an attractive solution, helping hospitals scale with ease, better manage resources, and provide fluid access and sharing of medical images across organizations, departments and providers – achieving a connectedness that supports healthcare organizations’ patient care goals. Learn why cloud services may be the solution to your healthcare organization’s medical imaging challenges.
November 7, 2012
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To provide optimum patient care delivery and to choose imaging as a “Stage 2” objective for <a href="/directory/meaningful-use" target="_blank" class="directory-item-link">meaningful use</a> of the <a href="/directory/electronic-health-record-ehr" target="_blank" class="directory-item-link">EHR</a>, healthcare providers are investing in next-generation imaging solutions to securely capture, share, view, and exchange medical images. Whether your organization is upgrading an existing, "on-premise" PACS, consolidating disparate systems with a vendor-neutral architecture (VNA), or is building a cloud-based PACS/RIS offering, learn about strategies and solutions to move forward your advanced medical imaging requirements.
October 26, 2012
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For many years, healthcare providers have sought to rein in the skyrocketing costs of medical imaging procedures through prior authorization. But new computerized clinical decision support and predictive modeling technologies may prove to be more effective weapons in the battle to reduce costs and improve quality in medical imaging.
April 18, 2014
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With the exponential growth in digital medical images, healthcare providers are taking a serious look at their archiving technology. There are lots of vendors in the market, and a wide variety of options for creating archives.
November 4, 2013
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I fell in love with healthcare while working as a radiology technician aide at a well-known imaging center in Dallas during college. I was working late one evening with one of our senior technicians, when I realized the profound opportunity a relationship between healthcare and technology could provide.
June 9, 2011
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Merge Healthcare, a company that seems to be back on its feet after an accounting scandal, a trip through bankruptcy and a change of management, is opening up some of its proprietary code for outside development.
August 17, 2009
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An often times overlooked aspect to implementing an electronic health record (EHR) is the need for a solid technical infrastructure.
August 11, 2009
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An often times overlooked aspect to implementing an electronic health record (EHR) is the need for a solid technical infrastructure.
August 11, 2009
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Last week, I wrote about the effort to proactively protect BIDMC and Harvard from the Conficker virus. Our efforts continue with the following...
February 4, 2009
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Thorek Memorial Hospital in Chicago has integrated Carestream’s Vue for Cardiology PACS and Vue for Radiology PACS with Carestream’s Vue for Vendor Neutral Archive solution. The hospital also implemented Carestream’s zero footprint Vue Motion enterprise image viewer that allows physicians to access imaging studies and reports from any location using laptops or mobile devices such as iPhone 4s, iPad 2, Galaxy Note® and Galaxy S III mobile devices.
March 28, 2014
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Replaces Existing System With Merge Solutions for Information and Image Management.
May 21, 2013
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Alpha Imaging LLC, a leading distributor of advanced medical imaging equipment based in Cleveland, Ohio, today announced a new strategic business agreement with OhioHealth, a nationally-recognized, not-for-profit healthcare organization based in Columbus, Ohio, to bring Hologic women's health solutions and Shimadzu Medical Systems and Del Medical X-ray equipment to Central Ohio over the next five years.
October 5, 2012
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Merge Healthcare announced today that it intends to offer $52 million aggregate principal amount of 11.75 percent Senior Secured Notes due 2015.
June 15, 2011
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KLAS today announced the release of their highly anticipated 2011 Top 20 Best in KLAS Awards: Medical Equipment & Infrastructure report. The coveted awards are based solely on data from customer surveys of hospital and clinic executives, administrators, physicians, nurses, clinicians, and other directors and managers interacting with healthcare equipment and infrastructure solutions.
June 15, 2011
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Visual Healthcare Corp. (the "Company") (NASDAQ OTC: VSHC) announces today that it has entered into an agreement with Sygenics Life Sciences Software (Sygenics LSS) to market a 2nd generation of Lab Automation applications to serve the scientific community. This allows researchers to replace paper-based scientific records and paper-based scrapbooks with more dependable and secure electronic storage capabilities, as well as the ability to instantaneously share information with other scientists of their choice.
May 10, 2011
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Radiology & Imaging in Springfield, Mass., the largest radiology practice in Western Massachusetts, and Seacoast Radiology in Rochester, N.H., have joined other radiology practices in the Northeast using McKesson's Revenue Management Solutions (RMS) to optimize financial performance. With the industry’s most robust radiology billing and compliance solutions and extensive business intelligence capabilities, McKesson’s technology and services are designed to help the groups grow revenue, control costs and mitigate regulatory risks.
April 21, 2011
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Continuing its momentum to help the healthcare industry improve patient care and reduce medical costs, AT&T* today announced two new patient care technology pilots, and new enhancements to the services delivered by AT&T ForHealth(SM), AT&T's healthcare practice area.
February 22, 2011
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Avreo is delighted to announce a partnership with Mammography Reporting System (MRS), the most widely used mammography tracking system in the world.
October 25, 2010
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Nij Smellinghe Hospital in Drachten, The Netherlands, has chosen to extend its relationship with Carestream Health by signing a new multi-year contract for RIS/PACS eHealth Managed Services. The new contact will deliver an enterprise-wide solution with fast, secure image access by on-site and remote clinicians whilst removing the burden of infrastructure management and costs.
September 20, 2010
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Agfa HealthCare, a provider of diagnostic imaging and healthcare IT solutions, announced that it has signed an agreement with TomTec, active in the sector of echocardiography image analysis, reporting and data management, for the integration of its Image-Arena solution into the company's IMPAX Cardiovascular Picture Archiving and Communication System (PACS).
September 20, 2010
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Radisphere National Radiology Group, a radiology interpretations provider, has secured agreements with two Tenet Healthcare facilities to provide a combination of on-site and remote interpretation services as well as full night-time radiology coverage, all with final interpretations.
September 1, 2010
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