Radiology Image & Information Systems

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Picture archiving and communications systems and radiology information systems are flexing their muscles in Dallas with vendors rolling out new systems geared to meet the specific needs of a broader range of clinical users.

EMR/EHR/PACS integration could steal the show with the latest and greatest PACS wedding images and the patient record. The maturity of the PACS market is apparent; new systems target the relatively uninitiated imaging center market, and vendors are peddling solutions to facilitate data migration to second- and third-generation systems. New RIS/PACS products and partnerships are being spotlighted at the show.

The dedicated RIS market is still going strong, too, with vendors showing new products and features to better support the administrative tasks of the radiology department.

Agfa Corp. (booth #734) is highlighting its IMPAX Image and Information Management and Professional Services and demonstrating IMPAX RIS/PACS for Outpatient or Imaging Centers, TalkStation 3.0 and the Enterprise Clinical Dashboard.

IMPAX ES is an enterprise-wide digital imaging and information management system that brings point-of-care technologies to healthcare providers with the goal of image-enabling the EHR. IMPAX ES features 'Connectivity Inside' and a new thin-client Clinical Application Server for results distribution in phase I, which evolves to a web-enabled Clinical and Diagnostic Display Client Server in mid-2005. IMPAX ES is the next phase within a continuum of IMPAX solutions featuring a single view of patient data for radiology, women's care, orthopedics and cardiology. Key features of IMPAX ES include integrated RIS-PACS-speech recognition; effective workflow solutions for viewing large data set image studies; improved security, privacy and auditing; extended enterprise scalability with Microsoft Windows core components and paperless workflow options.

Agfa's Professional Services offerings include implementation services, systems management and reporting services and security services.

IMPAX RIS/PACS for Outpatient or Imaging Centers provide a single point of access to integrated information and image management workflow and results distribution with a cost-effective, single-vendor solution to increase productivity, profitability and referring practice satisfaction.

TalkStation 3.0 is a fully integrated speech recognition dictation and workflow solution for reporting. TalkStation 3.0 offers a number of enhancements, including interfaces and integration with HIS/RIS/LIS/CIS and PACS, Dragon v7 for improved recognition accuracy and enhanced user satisfaction, improved security features including 'lockout after failed attempts' and recording of log-ins and log-outs as well as improved control over who can view a report and new options that will improve workflow and enable enhanced editing, including dictate, edit, sign (real-time speech recognition with self-editing), correctionist workflow (real-time speech recognition with deferred editing), and digital dictation with traditional transcription.

Enterprise Clinical Dashboard unifies patient records and images from existing standalone systems, presenting this information through a single, web interface. This simplifies anywhere/anytime physician access to relevant patient information, allowing them to focus more on patient care. By leveraging existing IT systems, the Clinical Dashboard also extends the life and value of these application investments, Agfa says. Additionally, Agfa's Clinical Dashboard middle-ware application is built on an open, vendor-neutral architecture, supporting rapid deployment in a matter of months. This is a practical starting point for a full-blown EMR. Clinical Dashboard implementation benefits include increased productivity, reduced operations cost and improved patient care.

AMICAS (booth #3904) is highlighting its Vision Series, complete with multi-specialty PACS applications, comprising the AMICAS Clinical Imaging Platform and demonstrating AMICAS Vision Watch.

The company is showing PACS integration with imaging applications and information assets to provide a cohesive image and information management infrastructure. The company also is showcasing  AMICAS RealTime Worklist and AMICAS LightBeam Diagnostic Workstation integrated with Heartlab Encompass Cardiology, OrthoView, Dictaphone PowerScribe, MEDITECH HCIS, AMICAS Vision Series RIS and AMICAS Vision Series Document Imaging.

AMICAS Vision Watch provides centralized