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.

Slideshow: Navigating the new PACS market
PACS adoption has reach 'mature stage,' study says

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced Wednesday that it has selected five participants in the Medicare Imaging Demonstration (MID), a project that promotes appropriate utilization of advanced imaging services.
February 3, 2011
Merge Healthcare has successfully deployed an imaging distribution solution for the physicians of UMass Memorial Health Care, an academic medical center with five facilities serving Central New England. iConnect Access gives physicians the ability to view medical images directly from their electronic health record.
January 24, 2011
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration unveiled a plan Wednesday outlining 25 actions it intends to take in 2011 to improve the most common path to market for medical devices.
January 20, 2011
WHITIA, a global nonprofit social venture focused on bringing affordable healthcare technologies to medical facilities in limited-resource areas has launched the Healthy Communities Initiative (HCI) help urban and rural community health centers obtain healthcare technologies such as digital X-ray and telemedicine systems.
January 14, 2011
RamSoft Inc., a client-centered innovator in information technology, endorsed three new distributors in Latin America in order to expand its international presence. The distributors will represent the two products Line of PowerServer RIS/PACS, PACS, Teleradiology and Gateway DICOM Router. These will also be available in Spanish.
January 6, 2011
Clinical decision support systems can help reduce inappropriate medical imaging, including unnecessary computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans, according to a recent study.
January 4, 2011
A new study finds that one in six physicians in 2008 reported that his or her practice owned or leased advanced imaging equipment, adding to concerns of the technology's overuse.
December 26, 2010
Dell announced Wednesday that it will acquire cloud-based medical archiving firm InSite One, of Wallingford, Conn., as it seeks to better enable healthcare organizations to retain healthcare data and share images.
December 22, 2010
KLAS on Wednesday announced its annual "2010 Top 20 Best in KLAS Awards: Software & Professional Services," ranking the best-performing software and professional service vendors across a wide range of market segments.
December 15, 2010
With T SystemEV, Great Plains Regional Medical Center is now contributing emergency department (ED) health information to the Nebraska Health Information Initiative (NeHII), the nation's first and most successful statewide HIE organization.
December 10, 2010
Surgeons at Georgetown University are exploring the benefits of using an iPad in the operating room, according to an article published in the Journal of Surgical Radiology. One surgeon says the technology's most obvious advantage in the OR is providing a "convenient way to easily access previous patient imaging."
December 7, 2010
CoActiv has announced a new EXAM-PACS donation program for qualifying educational institutions with accredited radiologic technologist training programs.
December 3, 2010