Whether you’re looking to expand your current EMR/RIS/PACS system or want to begin your search for a new one, it’s important to look at the latest products available and evaluate how they can help your facility.
The EMR/RIS/PACS solutions of SepStream are affordable, scalable, and easy to use. They understand the importance of security and functionality in the diagnostic imaging industry, and we pride ourselves on delivering safe, HIPAA-compliant solutions that are customized to complement your business’s workflow.
PACS Are Efficient For the Reading Room
Some foresighted observers predicted that computerization would have unintended consequences in radiology during the early days of digital imaging. A PACS is an archiving and communications system that electronically stores images. It also includes tools for performance monitoring and workflow management.
A PACS has a large memory bank and blazing-fast transmission speeds. This means that radiologists can access an image quickly and easily. The use of PACS can increase image access speed, decrease instances of missing images, and improve department efficiency.
There is a growing concern that PACS will be used by radiologists for teleradiology, in which the radiologist reads x-rays from distant sites. Teleradiology has been shown to be effective, and radiologists have reported that it has reduced work stress and enhanced patient care.
PACS Are Modality- And Vendor-Neutral
Despite the popularity of PACS, they aren’t as vendor-neutral as many people might think. A Vendor Neutral Archive (VNA) allows medical imaging data to be stored and shared between PACS. VNAs have been gaining ground in medical imaging due to their ability to solve key PACS problems. Specifically,
VNAs allow the sharing of data between multiple PACS and provide a single, vendor-neutral view of patient images. The use of VNAs can reduce long-term costs and improve imaging workflows. VNAs can also help medical providers migrate data from one PACS to another.
This can involve transferring data from one vendor’s archive to another’s archive, updating multiple parts of a DICOM file, or converting medium archives into DICOM-compatible files.
EMR/RIS/PACS Software is Compatible with All Devices
Choosing an EMR/RIS/PACS software solution that has integrated functionality is an essential component of today’s healthcare system. Integrated functionality will affect how quickly healthcare providers make decisions, the cost of care, and the quality of care.
The best EMR/RIS/PACS software solutions will integrate with all devices, including RIS and PACS, without imposing restrictions on sharing information. These systems also have the capability to produce interactive documents, which will contribute to timely diagnosis facilitation.
The best EMR/RIS/PACS solutions also feature a comprehensive set of tools that will assist radiologists with their duties. These tools include image annotation, automation of image format conversion, and the capability to transfer images to HIS in a convenient format.
PACS and EMR Need to Share Information Seamlessly Across Platforms
Integrated EMR and PACS applications are a growing trend in healthcare technology. This is especially true in outpatient settings, where robust imaging needs are a must. This is due in part to recent federal government legislation that mandates eligible providers to implement EMRs.
There are many vendors out there responding to this trend. However, there are still some barriers to seamless EMR connectivity. One of the most important is the quality of the EMR and PACS/RIS integration. These systems need to share information seamlessly in order to deliver the benefits. This is not as difficult to accomplish today as it was in the past. Vendors have already put together a variety of applications aimed at providing seamless connectivity.