PACS on Center Stage

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Vendors 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. It should be a great show. See you there.

Agfa HealthCare (Booth #6737) is showcasing its integrated RIS and PACS solution IMPAX Enterprise, a comprehensive and fully integrated digital imaging and information solution. Impax Enterprise balances and connects the needs of individual users with the benefits of a fully integrated healthcare enterprise. It supports clinical needs and business needs; provides productivity and infrastructure management tools for IT departments; streamlines healthcare management and forms the foundation for a hospital's core imaging and IT strategy.
Whether in the office, in the ward or offsite, with IMPAX Enterprise, authorized users have web-enabled access to patient images, past studies, key RIS information, and procedure reports — all from a single desktop. For clinical users, speech recognition and digital dictation tools are one mouse click away.
Impax Enterprise can be deployed in organizations that have large, complex facilities with a desire to lower deployment, system management and administration costs; handle rapid changes in a growing healthcare environment; have image and information needs beyond radiology and throughout the enterprise; control the information overload and provide the right information at the point of care.

AMICAS Vision Series PACS Version 5.0AMICAS (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.

RadStream is proven to improve radiology report turnaround by 40 percent and reduce interruptions to radiologists by nearly 25 percent. The system prioritizes imaging exams based on a “most likely to interrupt” method. Developed at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, 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. Vision Reach uses web-based technologies to integrate the radiology report with key images to create a single “multi-media” report for referring physicians. The tool includes a sophisticated instant messaging system that uses common e-mail and secure channels to proactively “push” images, reports, and information to any e-mail enabled device.

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. With the Roentgen Router, system managers build routes based on information within the DICOM header of radiographic images, including body region, modality type and referring physician. Routes are scheduled based on time