A view to the past of the future — A decade of digital (r)evolution at the Danube hospital
Clinical experiences in digital radiology including intra- and interhospital communication have been documented in literature since the late eighties. The world’s first strictly-digital radiology system was planed in 1988 and implemented in 1992 in the Danube Hospital at the Socio Medical Care Center East of the city of Vienna (SMZO). The objectives of this project were firstly to overcome inherent problems of film-based systems, e.g. the loss of films, as well as to improve the efficiency and speed of patient data management, image acquisition, image distribution, archiving and reporting. The implementation of an integrated digital radiology system was expected to improve the quality of research and patient care and to support administrative tasks in connection with radiology and hospital information management systems (RIS,HIS), thus improving the efficiency not only of the radiology department but of the whole hospital.
KeywordsRadiology Department Radiology Information System Digital Archive Digital Network Digital Radiology
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