Kodak launches RIS for imaging centers, fortifies RIS-PACS
Eastman Kodak Company on Thursday launched its KODAK CARESTREAM RIS for Imaging Centers-which the company called a flexible, affordable, radiology information system (RIS) software designed to meet the clinical and operational needs of imaging centers of all sizes. Kodak also announced enhancements to its RIS-PACS.

The CARESTREAM RIS was developed from the proven KODAK RIS 2010 used by hospitals worldwide ,and offers an affordable price point. 

The system is the centerpiece of a digital infrastructure that can include integration with third-party claims processing and billing systems, as well as integration with PACS solutions from Kodak and other vendors. The KODAK RIS can be easily integrated with claims management products from The SSI Group, Inc. (Mobile, Ala.), which perform core electronic medical claims processing tasks, as well as compliance and data interfacing requirements.

CARESTREAM RIS streamlines workflow by managing exam orders and patient scheduling, report dictation and web-based distribution of the radiology report. In addition, it allows imaging centers to create a closer working relationship with referring physicians by equipping physicians' offices with access to web-based ordering and status updates for imaging exams. It also offers a comprehensive list of mammography-specific features.

Basic features include exam order requests, exam scheduling, patient tracking, transcription, radiology report distribution, creation of management reports, conferencing, teaching files, support for multiple locations and mammography-specific features including tracking for recalls, yearly scheduling and preparation of BIRADS, MQSA and other reports.

Options include: voice recognition, inventory control, HL-7 interfaces, and web-based scheduling and exam/report access for referring physicians.   

KODAK CARESTREAM RIS for Imaging Centers will be available in the United States in July and is scheduled for introduction in other countries later this year.
In other news, Kodak announced enhancements to its RIS/PACS suite, including:
  • Improved report dictation with automatic generation of reports that contain a "normal" diagnosis, notification of reports ready for signing or reading, and the ability to stop in the middle of dictating one case to review and report a STAT (urgent) case;

  • A search engine that enables users to search the database of radiology reports using keywords, enabling faster and easier access to cases for research and teaching presentations;

  • Enterprise-wide scheduling that is synchronized with a central billing module and can be integrated with other centralized scheduling systems; and

  • Scheduling improvements that allow a staff member to access a radiologist's schedule when booking interventional procedures.