Information technology (IT) has become a critical contributor in the plans of healthcare institutions to reduce costs, improve efficiency, and provide better patient care. The effects of computer-based technologies are widespread in all aspects of medicine; especially within radiology. The advent of digital imaging has led to a revolution within the medical arena: the development of the Picture Archival and Communication System (PACS). PACS means very different things to different people. It is a unique technology in that it affects and applies to the practice of a broad range of individuals, including physicians—both radiologists and nonradiologis—tstechnologists,, administrators, vendors, and IT professionals. To some radiologists, PACS often does not extend past the system that acquires, delivers, and stores the medical images interpreted each day. For others it represents an incredible resource for research, education, and future developments. For referring physicians, it means easy remote access to the images of their patients as well as improved turnaround times and patient care. For technologists, it means streamlining operations and spending more time performing examinations and less on filming and placing stickers. For administrators, it means saved monies, personnel, and physical space, but also capital expenditure and cost-justification strategies.
KeywordsRadiology Department Capital Expenditure Radiology Information System DICOM Standard Healthcare Enterprise
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