A Tall Order: PACS Integration With Two Separate RIS


Glen Falls Hospital

Glen Falls Hospital

Integrating a Picture Archiving and Communication System (PACS) with an existing Radiology Information System (RIS) is nothing short of a challenge. But a PACS integration with two existing RIS ups the ante even further.

For Glen Falls Hospital in New York, and its affiliate private practice radiology group Adirondack Radiology Associates, a new PACS would have to do just that. The two organizations had never worked from common clinical information and medical records systems; they maintained information in separate silos.

Organizational leaders knew they needed an imaging system that would provide anytime, anywhere access to patient information, images and reports. They also knew the PACS integration would have to provide for a seamless interface with two separate RIS and manage a common patient association scheme with a single database.

Glen Falls Hospital chose the McKesson Horizon Medical Imaging™ PACS to meet these integration needs. The PACS integration required no additional system or migration to another RIS. The multisite association feature allowed patient records from disparate sites to present a unified view of the patient, regardless of which facility created the record.

Take a look at a before-and-after shot of Glen Falls Hospital and Adirondack Radiology Associates:


  • 2 FTEs devoted to printing
  • More than $400,000 spent on film
  • Fragmented patient imaging records
  • Inefficiencies due to duplicate films and manual patient reconciliation
  • Disparate views of patients when working from different facilities
  • 8-12 hours a week spent on tracking down films for comparison purposed


  • $400,000 in overall cost savings to date
  • Ability to handle 14% more Computed Tomography (CT) cases
  • Addition of a new line of business with digital mammography
  • Increased revenue as a result of the use of the system as a regional archive for images to noncompeting healthcare providers

Discover more about the Glens Falls Hospital and Adirondack Radiology Associates PACS integration with two separate RIS.

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