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

A new report from KLAS finds most healthcare providers have begun putting into place an enterprise strategy for imaging, with the goal of getting "the right image to the right place at the right time."
July 12, 2012
When it comes to dealing with huge and ever-growing volumes of health data, IT professionals say disaster recovery and business continuity are their most pressing needs, according to a survey from BridgeHead Software. Storage is a sticking point too, but the cloud is "still not ready for prime time."
June 28, 2012
At North Shore-LIJ Health System on Thursday, GE Healthcare launched its GE Blueprint for low dose, which aims to help providers integrate technology, data analysis and process improvements to reduce patient radiation dose from computed tomography (CT) by as much as 50 percent.
June 21, 2012
For the first time ever, the United States Olympic Committee will use electronic medical records rather than paper charts to manage care for more that 700 athletes at the summer games.
May 24, 2012
Higher prices and greater use of technology appear to be the main factors driving the high rates of U.S. spending on healthcare, according to a new Commonwealth Fund study, which finds that the U.S. spends more on healthcare than 12 other industrialized countries.
May 2, 2012
The National Institutes of Health has awarded a contract to Rochester, N.Y.-based Carestream Health for its radiology information system technology.
April 19, 2012
Leaders of Merge Healthcare have announced a partnership with AG Mednet to provide life sciences companies with a full suite of tools to manage imaging clinical trials worldwide.
March 20, 2012
Researchers for a study on the use of electronic health records have issued a response to public criticism they received on the study from National Coordinator for Health Information Technology Farzad Mostashari, MD.
March 14, 2012
A study published in Health Affairs found that electronic health records don't necessarily lead to reducing health care spending or fewer diagnostic tests.
March 6, 2012
Quality Systems, Inc. announced that its dental unit, QSIDental, will partner Suni Medical Imaging, which develops digital radiography products for dental professionals. Under the agreement, dental practices, academic institutions and more can integrate Suni's technology with QSIDental's solutions, including the NextGen electronic dental record.
February 17, 2012
McKesson announced Wednesday that it has acquired Sarasota, Fla.-based peerVue, which develops radiology workflow and communication solutions. The move helps broaden McKesson's portfolio of enterprise imaging and information management systems.
February 9, 2012
A new report from Millennium Research Group shows that declining demand in private practices for diagnostic electrocardiography (ECG) devices will contribute to slow growth in the U.S. market -- despite a growing number of older patients who require the devices.
January 26, 2012