Finding the Right PACS System Solution

2013-11-25
 

PACS system solution

PACS systems are getting old. Both general PACS systems and cardiology PACS systems are aging throughout the healthcare system. Amid the rapidly changing provider landscape, state-of-the-art PACS solutions are needed to keep one step ahead. Upgrading to the right PACS solution to improve workflow while enhancing storage capacity is critical.

Yet, how does a medical imaging department address all of their diverse needs along with the requirements of other clinicians and patients for automated, reliable information at the point of care, together with the hospital’s business needs to achieve meaningful use for their EHR?

PACS System Neutral Archive

Creating a medical imaging repository or archive that is neutral is the solution. A PACS system neutral archive, instead of locking an organization into a specific medical imaging system, allows images to be stored and retrieved from the neutral archive because it was built to exchange data with disparate systems.

Enterprise medical imaging and PACS system solutions enhance a healthcare systems’ financial, clinical and operational effectiveness. While implementing an EHR it is vital to have a PACS system architecture that synchronizes the workflow and technology with the management of the radiology image archive.

Choosing the Right PACS System Architecture

Expanding the manageability and size of the medical imaging archive to include all imaging sources and types must be a consideration. Selecting whatever workflow makes sense for all departments while simultaneously utilizing the enterprise archive technology to connect the entire enterprise through the EHR is essential to the PACS system design.

Providing  informed and coordinated care becomes more important as organizations continue implementing EHRs. In addition to the complexity of adding EHRs, healthcare organizations must solve the problem of increased medical imaging volume and the rapid consumption of imaging resources.

In solving these issues, the right PACS system solution will:

  • Migrate from multiple silos of medical imaging storage to one consolidated archive, reducing costs for storage and archiving.
  • Offer a single point of access for EHR integration which reduces maintenance tasks through centralized system management.
  • Include lifecycle management that manages risk while having a positive effect on storage consumption.
  • Provide an integrated workflow engine that assimilates information from pre-existing systems, filling quality initiatives’ gaps.

With an advanced enterprise medical imaging and PACS system solution, the delivery of healthcare services is more informed, more connected and more productive.

What is your organization’s global imaging archive strategy?

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