Clinical Information Systems: RIS and CIS

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The key buzzwords at RSNA 2004 are enhanced functionality, PACS integration and departmental offerings-particularly for mammography and cardiology. Many vendors have gotten on the RIS-PACS bandwagon and are highlighting integrated RIS-PACS offerings. And while many vendors are pointing to their system's improved functionality, they're also plugging simplicity and ease of use.

IDX Systems Corp. (Booth #1936) is showcasing its Imagecast for Radiology solution. The Imagecast integrated RIS/PACS uses a totally web-based architecture that incorporates advanced workflow and image distribution technologies for each unique user from a single integrated database. Real-time, bi-directional communication is provided with more than 1,500 modalities, making filmless and paperless workflow a reality. IDX also is showing phase one of a new user interface strategy, an enhanced interpreting provider worklist and a prototype of the Imagecast for Cardiology solution.

GE Healthcare (Booth #2700) is highlighting its Centricity Radiology Information System (RIS) is a fully featured solution that fits the needs of many facilities, from large and complex multi-facility hospital environments to the smallest imaging center. The system's advanced automation and intelligence - and robust performance - provide the technical advantage you need to meet the productivity and quality challenges you face. Centricity RIS has a wide array of powerful software tools to improve the flow of orders and patients through the radiology department from scheduling exams, to tracking patients and orders, to performing exams, and to reporting results.

Siemens Medical Solutions (Booth #2729) is featuring SIENET Cosmos fully integrated, web-enabled RIS/PACS (see page 21) and its Siemens Outpatient Practice Management Solution, a flexible, feature-rich radiology information and practice management solution designed to increase overall productivity and efficiency, reduce operating costs and improve the quality of patient care. Key features include scheduling, Electronic Medical Record, billing/collection, DICOM modality worklist, prefetch prior reports and images and report and image distribution to Siemens MagicWeb, which creates a paperless/filmless work environment. The scheduling component is designed for single or multiple locations.

Misys Healthcare Systems (Booth #5359) is demonstrating at RSNA its RIS-PACS integrated optimization workflow solution. Misys Radiology is a patient-focused, integrated radiology information system that delivers advanced capabilities to allow the diagnostic imaging department to: schedule appointments; register patients and exam orders; monitor patient exams progression; and create, display and review exams reports that include a history of all exams and activities. Misys PIM provides DICOM services that eliminate the need for a "broker" between Misys Radiology and any PACS vendor solution, and complies with IHE guidelines. Misys PIM addresses the need for patient and exam information to be more efficiently shared, updated and reconciled between the RIS, imaging modalities and PACS solutions.

McKesson Information Systems (Booth #4902) is highlighting its Horizon Radiology Manager enterprise RIS with new training modules to bring staff up to speed and complement the intuitive user interface and unique color-coding for ease of navigation and fast learning. Reporting, including integrated dictation and transcription modules as well as e-signature and seamless integration with Horizon Medical Imaging, offers increased speed and efficiency in delivery of patient exam results. Other new enhancements include medical necessity checking that allow clients to pre-check and post-check procedures for medical necessity reimbursement to assist in managing the appropriateness of the procedure to ensure reimbursement, and integration with billing and claims checking.

Amicas, a VitalWorks company, (Booth #8520) is unveiling several new additions to its Amicas Vision Series, an end-to-end series of image and information management products for acute care, imaging centers and radiology practices. Specifically, VitalWorks' RadConnect RIS and VitalWorks Practice Manager Radiology are now part of the Amicas Vision Series family - now called Vision Series RIS and Vision Series Financials, respectively, for ambulatory care facilities. These products are complemented by Amicas Vision Series PACS web-based PACS to comprise a complete series of products.