How Replacing Legacy PACS Systems and Archive Solutions Helps Enhance Patient Care & Reduce Costs


PACS system replacing retired legacy systemNew analysis from Frost & Sullivan finds that, while the market for PACS/RIS systems is growing slowly, the need for medical imaging providers to adopt new system capabilities that reinforce evolving clinical healthcare IT needs will necessitate the replacement of legacy systems and the adoption of next generation image and information management platforms. (Source: Healthcare IT News)

“The proven benefits of new generation PACS systems as well as integrated radiology information system (RIS) and PACS to the physician community and internal IT department will spur a wave of technology upgrades in the North American market, even if these follow longer than traditional replacement cycles,” the report states.

Positioning new PACS, image repository and integrated RIS/PACS systems as engines of growth for the enterprise will be the key for radiology informatics vendors to push forward currently pending PACS system replacement decisions.

Image Data Sharing

McKesson Enterprise Image Repository™ is a McKesson solution, independent of PACS, that archives and manages images and data on behalf of the many medical imaging systems with which it interoperates. By simplifying access and enhancing clinical collaboration with medical imaging information, this system reduces complexity, increasing user adoption and confidence.

Data sharing across the enterprise is just the beginning. This enterprise image repository helps enable image data sharing between disparate healthcare systems (where such sharing is legally permitted.)

In addition, the financial incentives for replacing your PACS system are not insignificant. Centralizing management of enterprise imaging data, investing in a single larger storage platform and never needing to transfer PACS system data again, all contribute to economies of scale. Reducing image management related costs can represent substantial savings over time.

Streamlining Communication Enhances Patient Care

Being able to access the system remotely provides more visibility and control which may have implications in patient care. For example, Trauma Centers and Emergency Departments (ED) respond rapidly to trauma and injury with the goal of delivering quality treatment. This mission is made more challenging when 24/7 radiologist coverage is not available and ED physicians must interpret diagnostic procedures themselves. When later interpreted by radiologists, there may be discrepancies in findings. If not addressed efficiently, these discrepancies may lead to serious patient care issues.

The QICS™ for Radiology-Emergency Department streamlines communication and workflow between the ED and radiology helping to ensure that all discrepancies are identified, communicated and resolved in a timely manner.

The McKesson Enterprise Image Repository web-based enterprise imaging system dashboard allows hospital administrators, to proactively monitor the status of system components, streamlining communication and workflow between the departments and enhancing patient care.

What are your thoughts on replacing legacy archive systems? Will reducing complexity and enhancing collaboration lead to greater staff buy-in?

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