Only Web-based Will Do

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  Mary C. Tierney, Editorial Director

Why an imaging provider today chooses Web-based PACS or RIS/PACS comes down to versatility, flexibility, accessibility, simplicity, robustness, user-friendliness, scalability and economics. Simply put, that’s just what the 10 imaging facility groups and businesses in this supplement offer.

Being an imaging leader—and attracting the attention of patients and referring physicians—means coupling state-of-the-art digital imaging systems with progressive IT systems to manage large image datasets, service radiologists and multi-specialty providers with excellent tools to quickly interpret and create informative reports, and speed them via the Web to referring physicians to facilitate patient-care decisions. Web access is key to flexibility for anytime, anywhere availability, as well as effective practice administration. Like physicians need images and reports to care for their patients, administrators must track business metrics to monitor productivity and efficiency.

Throughout these pages, you’ll see how Web-based solutions can scale for the large or community-based medical center, as well as the imaging centers they spawn and serve; boost operational and bottom-line efficiencies in the imaging center; offer flexibility in templating and tools for specialists in orthopedics and neuroradiology; and enable a teleradiology practice to scale and integrate on a common platform—and support about 40 percent growth this year! We hope they get you thinking.