PACS, RIS & Teleradiology

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The expansion of the PACS market was apparent in the Windy City as vendors touted a host of new image management solutions. At this year's Radiological Society of North America meeting, the industry's attention to both enterprise and niche needs was clear. There are more cardio PACS options and new solutions geared to the ortho market. Vendors are making it easier for radiology departments and imaging centers (lots of focus and interest on imaging centers!) to cross the last hurdles to filmlessness by providing new solutions for sharing digital images everywhere-including the OR and referring physician office. Non-DICOM modalities like endoscopy and pathology are nudging their way onto PACS, thanks to new innovations. Imaging centers and small hospitals will benefit from new solutions geared for their needs (and budgets).
Other highlights included tools to simplify data migration and provide proactive monitoring. Integrated orthopedic templating and 3D capabilities were hot as well. Radiology dashboards that provide a bird's eye view of the department and data analysis functions were on full display at several booths.
RIS vendors touted new tools like simplified scheduling and new billing modules. Finally, teleradiology providers shared their business models and hinted at future expansions.

Companies are listed alphabetically with most RIS/PACS offerings in the PACS section, dedicated RIS solutions in the next section and teleradiology follows.    


First-time exhibitor Acuo Technologies showcased AcuoMed Image Manager, AcuoStore and A.D.A.M.
AcuoMed Image Manager is a secure, open-system software solution for transporting, storing, tracking and retrieving digital images across an entire storage system network. It is a DICOM 3.0 Level 2 compliant solution that uses Microsoft Windows 2000, 2003 Server or Microsoft Windows XP Professional on a recommended Intel platform.
AcuoStore digital asset manager serves as a digital vault, communicating the instructions of AcuoMed with the diverse DICOM storage devices that contain digital DICOM image and patient information.

Each Acuo system works in concert with other DICOM devices to create local intelligent workflow using its dynamic router, enabling a single view of the entire DICOM network through its peer-aware collaboration feature. Acuo's Next Generation technology offers local caching of image data, seamless integration of legacy data and interoperability with the available information systems for real-time image reconciliation and RIS/PACS synchronization.
A.D.A.M., Acuo's DICOM Assisted Migration software, automates the process of data migration from aging DICOM archives to more efficient and cost-effective storage devices. It provides a variety of options for data migration that makes the process invisible while efficiently cleaning patient records with "dirty data" requiring reconciliation, the company says.

Advanced Data Systems (ADS) at RSNA launched its ADS RIS/PACS, highlighted EDI functionality and MedicsDocAssistant Electronic Medical Records system.
ADS RIS/PACS offers multi-modality scheduling, electronic document and imaging management, DICOM modality work list, voice recognition, bar coding, electronic signature, DICOM and HL7 connectivity and full integration with ADS PACS. 
EDI provides claim submission, verification, reconciliation and reports functions. 
MedicsDocAssistant incorporates comprehensive EMR capabilities to simplify clinical work, eliminate paperwork and improve patient care. It records patient encounters, organizes examination forms and offers tools such as dictionary and template builder. Other features include an HL7 interface capability for open connectivity to others systems and programs. 

Agfa Healthcare launched IMPAX 6.0 and IMPAX Enterprise - and highlighted new features of IMPAX SMMS.
IMPAX 6.0 features a unique persona-based design to meet the specific workflow requirements of multiple users. The web-deployable application can improve the planning, capture, interpretation, distribution and archiving of diagnostic images throughout the hospital enterprise. Its inherent smart-client design means that the power and functionality of a thick client are available with the simplicity and manageability of a thin client. Integrated with IMPAX RIS and Reporting solutions, IMPAX 6.0 enables healthcare facilities to optimize clinical and IT efficiencies, using a single