PACS on Center Stage

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HIMSS 360Vendors are rolling out a diverse array of PACS and related essential solutions such as RIS, workflow managers and dashboards at HIMSS ’07. The reality of budget constraints is apparent with more vendors launching ASP (application service provider) solutions. Vendors also are focusing on second- and third-generation buyers and touting their ability to transfer legacy data. Workflow of course remains a hot issue, and new systems are rolling out to streamline workflow and enhance communication with and service to referring physicians. Buyers can expect to see an assortment of standalone RIS and PACS/RIS solutions on the show floor, too. Several vendors are launching new solutions designed to connect and streamline the assortment of technologies and systems that comprise the 21st century digital enterprise. Expect to see tighter integration among various systems. Other essential solutions on the show floor include peripherals like furniture optimized for the digital environment and speech recognition solutions.

AMICAS (Booth #4010) is showcasing RadStream, Vision Series PACS Version 5.0 and Vision Reach. RadStream creates a significant increase in radiologist productivity, supports the automation and documentation of results communication and integrates disparate PACS viewers within AMICAS RealTime Worklist.

AMICAS Vision Series PACS Version 5.0 RadStream is fully integrated with the AMICAS RealTime Worklist and complements the new Vision Reach referring physician tool to combine and deliver image management and workflow technology.

Vision Series PACS 5.0 incorporates advancements to support digital mammography, 3D rendering and orthopedic templating, and it includes powerful upgrades to the core infrastructure, including the latest operating system from Microsoft and the latest database and archive technology from IBM. The entire system utilizes the latest in web services from Microsoft and Java.

Vision Reach is focused on helping grow the imaging enterprise by providing unrivalled service to referring physicians.

BRIT Systems (Booth #6019) is showcasing the Roentgen Router DICOM routing module and BRIT Lite CCOW-enabled workstation.

The Roentgen Router provides auto-routing and prefetching of DICOM studies based on a user defined study criteria, with sophisticated tools to schedule routes eliminating human intervention and automating teleradiology environments. The company is launching the product for use with any vendor’s PACS.

BRIT Lite utilizes the vendor-independent HL7 CCOW (Clinical Context Object Workgroup) standard to facilitate the viewing of medical images and reports within a patient context set by disparate clinical applications at the point of care. BRIT Lite integrates multi-vendor and multi-specialty applications with a single interface, single log-on and sharing of patient context information among different applications associated with the electronic medical record.

DR Systems (Booth #1845) is demonstrating new features for Unity RIS/PACS such as a new Patient Link capability, which is designed to help hospitals and imaging centers consolidate patient records, without requiring the customary, time-consuming and expensive creation of an enterprise master patient index (EMPI). It also is showing examples of its capability to migrate significant amounts of data from a legacy PACS to a new DR Systems PACS and presenting how the DR Systems PACS is accessible from electronic medical records (EMR) and health information system (HIS) web portals.

Dynamic Imaging (Booth #7117) is showcasing IntegradWeb PACS and RIS and Guardian Diagnostics.

The company is demonstrating the new AutoFetch PACS feature, which speeds local and remote reading workflow for digital mammography interpretation as well as all other modality types. AutoFetch is enabled via IntegradWeb PACS’ Study List, automatically retrieving prioritized unread studies and their relevant priors to the local workstation regardless of location and optimizing performance regardless of the network bandwidth.

IntegradWeb PACS Version 3.7 is being developed for scalability to 1 million annual PACS exams and beyond. And IntegradWeb PACS image viewer is being developed to improve on contemporary industry speeds by 50 percent or more. IntegradWeb PACS Version 3.7 is anticipated for early availability in Q2 2007.

Dynamic Imaging also is demonstrating IntegradWeb MAMMO, which provides complete digital mammography interpretation workflow, including customizable reading layouts and sequences