Increasing power and reach of the Internet are transforming the world of health imaging – from radiologists to patients. By using a web-based PACS, organizations can more efficiently distribute digital images to radiologists. It will also assist the referring physicians. It is more convenient for physicians to access web-based content than film-based materials, which are cumbersome and time consuming.
Healthcare workflows are reengineered and redefined with RIS PACS. See Forland Imaging for example. Serving northern Idaho and Washington, this Spokane medical imaging provider provides imaging services to 14 hospitals. There are 350 employees total at the center, which includes 55 radiologists and five vascular surgeons.
Radiologists, surgeons, and other physicians can share and access digital images at home and in the office using Philips Medical Systems’ I Site Enterprise PACS (formerly Stentor I Site PACS). Using PACS, healthcare facilities can communicate virtually.
Making use of online tools
Capital Health System, as well as Capital Health System, selected an online PACS.
Dynamic Imaging’s integrated Web based PACS system is used at a Trenton, New Jersey, acute care teaching hospital, since it provides comprehensive capabilities and authorized access anywhere.
What made you decide to use a web-based PACS? “The film industry is losing its way,” says Capital’s chairman of radiology, Yaakov Applbaum.
The CT imaging of hips after taking films in a trauma bay is one of the favorite stories of trauma surgeons.
During the CT scan, the hip films of the patient were destroyed, so they could not be provided to him. Fortunately, the patient survived because PACS saved him.
By adopting PACS, we gained the competitive edge by allowing physicians easier access to our services. We chose a web-based system because our system offers the same functionality inside and outside of hospitals.”
All PACS functions can be accessed remotely by radiologists at the hospital, according to Applbaum. It should be possible for physicians to use the same system both inside and outside the hospital without noticing any differences. However, another important consideration was the ease of use. Downloading the software without a CD was essential. Access to patient data is accessed by physicians using the username and password they use to log in to the website.
In addition, Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland, installed Amicas’ Vision Series web-based platform in addition to its existing PACS as part of its transition to a web-based environment.
Mercy’s Chief Information Officer, Jim Stalder, says that in the past, PACS was seen as a tool suitable for radiologists.
As long as that remains true, patients who are referred for [medical imaging] examinations should also have greater access to this information. In many cases, referring physicians will also request films depending on their specialty. The patient must also manage and carry the film in addition to the burden the doctor must bear.”
The standard of care should be higher
According to Applbaum, PACS enhance hospital workflows as well as improving them. A physician outside of a hospital who wants to monitor both outpatients and inpatients is able to access the service.
The comparison of patient care quality in a web-based PACS is impossible, according to Applelbaum. Pediatricians and orthopedists can view images of their patients through this system. The physician can treat children more effectively and efficiently when they are diagnosed with pneumonia or fractures as a result of a chest x-ray. Patient care is positively affected by this. Improving patient care in one direction is impossible.
Cloud-based PACS has a number of advantages
The cloud PACS system uses a cloud RIS instead of a traditional PACS. Data can be managed remotely with the Cloud PACS system. DDICOM images can easily be distributed using cloud-based solutions.
Methods of providing care that are more effective
According to Applbaum, hospital workflow can be streamlined by PACS. Physicians can track their patients using web-based medical software both in and out of the hospital.
In addition, the images can be studied by the child’s physician or an orthopedist. PACS on the Internet cannot be compared, according to Applbaum. A chest X-ray is more effective than other imaging methods for treating pneumonia and fractures. A chest X-ray improves the quality of life for patients. By using chest X-rays, patients can receive better care.
PACS AND DICOM COMPARISON
They mix up more often because of their close relationship. At the same time, DICOM digitizes all dental records. It is possible to take medical images, store them, and review them through a medical image management system.
It is possible, regardless of whether medical records are in an EHR, a PACS, or a RIS, to access, exchange, and store them using the DICOM format. If the software supports DICOM, it is easier to transfer data between medical devices. With the cloud-based PACS platform, it is possible to connect a wide range of displays. DICOM images can be viewed online using HTML5 devices.