Whitepaper: PACS use soared between 2000-2008

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A whitepaper released by the Dorenfest Institute for Health Information Technology, Research and Education, managed by the HIMSS Foundation, reports that according to its own data and that of HIMSS Analytics, the number of hospitals that have installed PACS technology has grown from 8.5 percent in 2000 to 76 percent in 2008.

According to the white paper-- Growth in Use of Picture Archiving and Communications System: A 2000-2008 Study--3,928 hospitals out of the 5,168 hospitals covered by the data were by 2008 using a PACS in at least one modality, such as digital mammography. The whitepaper also reports that from 2000 through 2008, the number of vendors marketing PACS systems increased from 53 to 68, with the top 10 vendors in the PACS market providing over 80 percent of PACs systems in 2008.