Imaging Informatics

Being a leader in imaging today is all about providing better patient care via excellent multimodality diagnosis, onsite and virtual collaboration among radiologists and specialists, and sophisticated treatment planning.

CDs can be a headache for PACS administrators. The ubiquitous disks can be associated with organizational challenges, burning problems, privacy complications and DICOM glitches. However, a combination of thoughtful policies, software and hardware can help ease the pain.

Clinicians working in the multidisciplinary field of oncology are realizing momentous gains in quality and efficiency, partially due to the integration of PACS and the EMR. The informatics-driven results include more informed, expedited and coordinated patient care.

PACS has transformed radiology. But as more imaging-based specialties jump on the bandwagon and adopt or customize their own versions of PACS, many in radiology are reporting more problems with PACS. Health Imaging & IT spoke with radiologists and administrators to compile and address the 10 most vexing challenges.

For many sites, PACS is an enterprise, rather than radiology department, investment. This enterprise approach packs a powerful punch. It delivers cost-savings, efficiencies and improved care.

Alegent Health in Omaha, Neb., has tapped into an array of Siemensimaging and IT solutions to improve operations, workflow and patientcare across five of its hospitals and multiple outpatient sites.