Top 5 Benefits of a Picture Archiving and Communication System (PACS system)

2010-01-28
 

Benefits of a Picture Archiving and Communication SystemThis post first appeared in 2010 and has been updated to reflect changes in the industry.

Picture Archiving and Communication Systems (PACS) are a valuable tool for healthcare organizations, enabling physicians to quickly and easily share enterprise medical imaging reports electronically. Even as they become a standard platform at most facilities, their usefulness is growing as options such as a vendor neutral archive and other options are available.

Main Benefits of a PACS System:

Why are PACS essential to healthcare organizations? Here are five benefits they provide:

  1. PACS’ digital images allow you to zoom in on images and manipulate them for better viewing and analysis.
  1. PACS can help reduce the number of duplicate images since previous results are available electronically, improving data management efficiency.

  1. PACS facilitates quick and easy access to patient images and reports. With PACS, tests can be performed anywhere and results can be shared electronically with other remote facilities. A PACS also allows staff to remotely view images, submit reports, archive images and transport them if necessary via portable media.
  1. PACS allows physicians to acquire a chronological view of patients’ radiology histories, facilitating the comparison of a number of previous studies.
  1. PACS has a number of add-ons available to make it even more user-friendly for staff and beneficial to patient care. Vendor neutral archives allow you to better organize your stored imaging data, with a centralized, accessible system that’s agnostic to database, operating system, image generating device and infrastructure. Peer Review allows for a seamless, efficient review of radiology cases within a physician’s daily workflow.

Read this whitepaper to learn about how McKesson conducted a large scale test to prove its PACS system’s scalability and stability.

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