Carestream highlights works-in-progress PACS architecture, RIS/PACS
Carestream Health released a SuperPACS Architecture designed to integrate multi-vendor, multi-site PACS into an enterprise solution at the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) annual meeting in Chicago, Nov. 30 through Dec. 4.

Carestream’s SuperPACS is a work-in-progress that communicates with legacy systems to drive greater productivity and efficiency by enabling the sharing of patient images and information while delivering a global worklist that balances exam reading among on-site and off-site radiologists. The Super PACS Architecture will be available for order in the second quarter of 2009, the company said.

“Healthcare providers around the world need the ability to manage disparate radiology solutions at multiple locations without replacing existing RIS/PACS systems,” explained Diana L. Nole, president, digital medical solutions, Carestream. “This new infrastructure will also enable healthcare facilities to share patient information and enhance collaboration among clinicians.”
As part of its workflow grid, the new architecture, which used existing PACS and storage devices, can synchronize disparate PACS and consolidates resources. Images and reports are automatically sent back to the original PACS or RIS for local storage and distribution.   

Also shown as a work-in-progress at RSNA, Carestream RIS/PACS offers tools and features for IT staff, radiologists and other clinicians. The new web-based Carestream RIS, which employs Microsoft .NET architecture, delivers secure remote access for physicians and enables greater collaboration using IBM Sametime technology. It offers an optional portal that allows patient scheduling within parameters set by healthcare providers. The new RIS will help improve turn-around time for reporting, with embedded voice recognition, automated workload balancing and exam allocation based on user preferences.
The new Carestream PACS has a unified virtual desktop that can facilitate faster reading of CT, MR and PET/CT exams through automatic registration. It also offers a “power viewer” that builds a single virtual study with real-time volume matching of all relevant studies (new and prior) to automatically register and synchronize them in one click. The new system will be available worldwide in the second quarter of 2009.