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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New findings published Dec. 17 in the New England Journal of Medicine affirms a practice for stroke response that has been employed by Donald Frei, MD, and the stroke team at Swedish Medical Center's Radiology Imaging Associates.
December 18, 2014
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This is the third annual "Benchmarks" columns to focus on imaging technology. Each one has been timed for November, to coincide with the mammoth RSNA Annual Meeting – it celebrates its 100th anniversary this year, from Nov. 30 to Dec. 5 at McCormick Place in Chicago – and each one has had more or less the same theme: the market is pretty much saturated when it comes to RIS and PACS systems, but change is on the way.
December 5, 2014
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While workflow engines are common in other industries, healthcare has so far made limited use of them. At RSNA 2014 on Tuesday, one Mayo Clinic radiologist made the case for these efficiency tools, and showed how a changing medical landscape may soon see them finding favor -- in radiology departments and beyond.
December 3, 2014
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The American College of Radiology and Massachusetts General Hospital will leverage the Nuance Communications' PowerShare Network, Nuance announced Monday at the Radiological Society of North America's annual convention.
December 2, 2014
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Radiology and information technology are not the same, of course. But they do overlap, and enable each other in critical ways. At the 100th annual gathering of RSNA, amid all the discussion of computed tomography, ultrasound and molecular imaging, there will be a key focus on informatics: data sharing, clinical decision support and much more.
November 25, 2014
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In our monthly "Benchmarks" column, Healthcare IT News and HIMSS Analytics take stock of the market for imaging technology. While provider buying trends may have been relatively staid these past several years, hospital consolidation and image proliferation point to a new era for archiving and retrieval systems.
November 25, 2014
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The media hype around Ebola may have subsided in recent weeks, but that doesn't mean preparedness is any less essential when it comes to this deadly virus. At RSNA on Dec. 2, imaging professionals will learn about CDC guidelines and other strategies to help manage the right response to Ebola.
November 25, 2014
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Weill Cornell's Keith Hentel, MD, will be the first to tell you: His radiology department intentionally failed to meet Stage 1 of meaningful use. They could have done it. But it would have meant pouring already limited resources into something that "doesn't really move our practice anywhere in the right direction," he said.
November 25, 2014
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In most of the country, it is still nearly impossible to compare the price and quality of anything in healthcare. Websites that mine such data are springing up to fill the void. But thanks to a law enacted in October, Massachusetts health insurers now have to make all their prices public -- in advance.
November 7, 2014
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Cleveland Clinic unveiled Wednesday its 9th annual list of Top 10 Medical Innovations that are likely to have major impact on improving patient care in 2015, and among them are some technology advances.
October 30, 2014
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Technology company Aramark opened a new Healthcare Technology & Innovation Center in Charlotte, N.C. earlier this month, touting the new venture as a way to drive more efficient ways for hospitals to manage their clinical equipment assets.
October 27, 2014
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Nuance Communications has shared 3 billion medical images through its cloud-based PowerShare Network, a feat company executives hail as "an industry-first milestone."
August 25, 2014
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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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VNA Platform deployments are outpacing PACS by 5x. Learn why Sentara Healthcare and Wake Radiology chose to design their enterprise image management strategies on a VNA base. They’ll describe their evaluation criteria and vendor selection process and they will discuss how they are building their own path to a vendor-neutral enterprise imaging management solution.
September 18, 2014
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Vendor Neutral Archives are giving PACS owners a direct path to image ownership. Outpacing PACS deployments by 5x, Vendor Neutral Archives are "unPACing" imaging archives at record rates. If you are considering a VNA solution or you want to understand how a VNA will support your enterprise image management strategy, read The VNA Guide. Learn why PACS "deconstruction" is giving way to VNA growth and know what to look for in your enterprise image management solution.
September 15, 2014
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Analysts are predicting a 25% year-over-year growth in VNA adoption. Some reports forecast an evolutionary shift from proprietary PACS archives to architecture-neutral VNA solutions. Healthcare business considerations for a move to VNA include: EMR adoption, new industry regulations, market consolidation, and "big data" management. Find out why CIOs are deploying VNAs as part of their enterprise image management strategy and why now is the time to "unPAC" your image archives.
September 15, 2014
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Universal, zero-footprint viewers help clinicians streamline diagnosis, improve result turnaround time and facilitate communication and sharing with patients. How "universal" must these viewers be to truly deliver on their promises? Here are five key criteria to look for before deploying a universal, zero-footprint viewer.
September 15, 2014
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Imaging informatics, one of healthcare IT's fastest growing segments, is poised for explosive change. Demand for anytime, anywhere access to complete patient information, including imaging, is on the rise. Learn how today's CIOs are breaking down barriers in imaging informatics to deliver vital patient care records where and when needed while reducing costs, improving diagnostic efficiency, and addressing Meaningful Use Stage 2 directives.
September 15, 2014
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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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There’s a lot going on at this year's Radiological Society of North America 100th Scientific Assembly this week in Chicago, but three topics in particular are resonating with radiologists.
December 5, 2014
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Medical imaging practices have been doing more with less for longer than most other specialties. In fact, there are many ways in which imaging can serve as a blueprint for other stakeholders as healthcare moves toward value-based and accountable care delivery models.
November 24, 2014
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It is taken as gospel by most radiologists and hospital IT professionals that a vendor-neutral archiving application is critical for unifying diagnostic imaging workflows. And VNAs are a great tool. But that doesn't mean you should buy one.
November 20, 2014
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Imaging is an increasingly important quality indicator, both for healthcare organizations and individual providers. As narrow networks take hold, however, they will fundamentally change the economics for both hospitals and ambulatory facilities that have and focus on image intensive specialties.
July 1, 2014
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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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