PACS is an enterprise priority

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The PACS market stretches from experienced digital image management enterprises looking for a second or third generation PACS to small hospitals, imaging centers and orthopedic clinics aiming to jump into the digital world. RSNA offerings reflect the diversity of the marketplace. Web-based solutions that deliver images across and beyond the enterprise are hot. Visitors can take in a range of enterprise systems, integrated RIS/PACS offerings, new financial models, and programs to improve the business of radiology. Look for new tools to optimize the booming slice counts generated by multislice CT like integrated MPR/MPR processing. Voice and orthopedic templating tools are available in a number of systems as well.

Agfa Healthcare (Booth #2729) is highlighting web-based PACS solutions for improving radiology services to referring physicians and other healthcare providers from orders to result distribution. IMPAX Enterprise offers an integrated image and information management solution and encompasses the building blocks for an electronic health record. It includes IMPAX 6.0, which is being released at RSNA, and IMPAX RIS, SMMS (Solution Monitoring and Management Services), IMPAX Reporting, IMPAX Auditing and Integration Services. The company is showcasing IMPAX RIS/PACS for Imaging Centers and Clinics as well.

IMPAX 6.0 is a web-deployable application for imaging-based planning, interpretation and results distribution. Integrated with IMPAX RIS, IMPAX 6.0 enables healthcare facilities to optimize clinical and IT efficiencies, using a single workflow-based system to service users inside and outside the walls of a facility, providing consolidated management of patient image and information data. A smart client application extends beyond the radiology department in an adaptive client, building upon the functionality of IMPAX while addressing the issues of user experience, networking, flexibility and application deployment.

SMMS (System Monitoring and Management Services) is an integrated service that continually manages and monitors Agfa's applications, hardware, operating systems and databases throughout the hospital enterprise, identifying trends that point to potential future conflicts, notifying stakeholders of the situation and providing a map to quickly track down and resolve the problem. It is designed to ensure high availability of the healthcare infrastructure, while reducing the administrative effort required to manage PACS, RIS and CR.

The IMPAX RIS/PACS solution for Imaging Centers and Clinics is designed to help increase productivity, profitability and referring physician and practice satisfaction. It streamlines and integrates a comprehensive range of radiology, business and clinical information workflows that traditionally have been manual- or paper-based. New developments include enhancements to the embedded billing workflow and an integrated Mammography Tracking module. IMPAX RIS/PACS for Imaging Centers provides pre-certification workflow, embedded document management within the RIS application and TalkStation speech recognition.

AMICAS (Booth #1968) is debuting the Vision Reach referring physician portal. Vision Reach provides a communication tool between radiologists and referring clinicians and includes instant e-mail or pager notification of critical results, zero-install image viewer, key image display including annotations and historical reports.  

Acuo Technologies (Booth #5422) is making its RSNA debut and launching its scalable AcuoMed/AcuoStore systems as an OEM supplier to PACS vendors. The company is introducing several Next Generation products that utilize Acuo's Intelligent Data Infrastructure that virtualize and extend storage, network and applications resources. The AcuoMed/AcuoStore architecture scales up and out to create centralized repositories (designed specifically for small imaging centers to enterprise multi-PACS facility healthcare organizations) or fully distributed DICOM Storage Grids.

Next Generation includes a highly scalable and configurable DICOM Router, a Reconcilation Gateway for enterprise worklist synchronization and an Archive/Image Manager that is highly scalable and efficient.  A.D.A.M. is a new DICOM assisted data migration tool for use in conjunction with Acuo's Image Manager. It provides accurate, rapid transfer of DICOM data from one or more legacy PACS to new archives and/or PACS.

BRIT Systems (Booth #2359) is showing how distributed environments are