McKesson and other manufacturers of picture archiving and communication systems (PACS) have a lot to look forward to. Consider the following:
- According to a study by healthcare research firm Kalorama Information, the U.S. PACS market could hit $1.46 billion this year.
- The same report forecasts double-digit growth for the PACS market through 2015, which means that in three years, hospitals and other healthcare institutions could be spending upward of $2 billion each year to add, replace, or upgrade a PACS.
- Currently, the majority of radiology PACS are between 3 – 6 years old, and the majority of cardiology PACS are 1 – 4 years old meaning that they will need to be upgraded or replaced soon.
- 21 percent of radiology PACS owners are considering replacing their PACS in the next two years, and 15 percent of cardiology PACS are considering replacing theirs in the same time frame.
Interestingly, over 20 percent of those considering replacing their PACS are inclined to buy McKesson PACS – higher than any other PACS vendor. We are certainly proud to be the industry leader, and we have no intention of being anything but that!
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