6 Tips for Deciding When to Replace Your RIS/PACs

1. Delay Can Hurt 1. Delay Can Hurt

“From an operational perspective, waiting too long to replace a RIS/PACS can result in all of your replacement costs being isolated in one fiscal year--not just for that system, but for those that work integrally with it, such as voice recognition or billing, which are likely to be outmoded as well,” according to Sectra.

2. Market Indicators 2. Market Indicators

Vendor inability or unwillingness to share the product roadmap.

Roadmap lacks new workflow tools or 3D visualization capabilities.

Vendor not keeping pace with emerging operating systems.

Vendor roadmap does match your organizational direction.

Roadmap does not include provisions for meaningful use.

3. Information Technology Indicators 3. Information Technology Indicators

Roadmap does not address emerging standardization protocols.

Vendor does not allow database access.

Roadmap does not make provisions for mobile access.

Product does not meet current security standards.

4. Clinical Indicators 4. Clinical Indicators

Product does not enable optimal radiologist productivity.

Product does not offer next-generation workflow tools.

Product user interface is confusing or non-intuitive.

Product does not offer report customization.

5. Administrative Indicators 5. Administrative Indicators

Product is impeding competitiveness in marketplace.

Product does not offer sufficient billing/reporting capabilities.

Product does not produce valuable data/analytics.

Product does not/will not meet certification requirements for meaningful use.

Product total cost of ownership exceeds cost of replacement.

6. Additional Considerations 6. Additional Considerations

When transitioning, assess and understand the level of experience and commitment that prospective vendors bring to the migration process, as this will affect the cost of transition. Create a plan for go-live that looks at how work currently is performed by all constituents and how the work will be performed with the new platform. “With a roadmap in place for the replacement process, users will be better able to operate at optimum efficiency when go-live occurs,” according to Sectra.

More Information: More Information:

The complete report, “RIS/PACS: Identifying the Ideal Time to Transition to a New Platform,”is available here.

The average life span of a combined radiology information system/picture archiving and communication system is about seven to 10 years, says medical imaging vendor Sectra. Technology advancement, regulatory updates, and increased complexity of managing images, billing, and patient and physician communication contribute to decreased efficacy of most RIS/PACs products. The company walks through the indicators that demonstrate it's time for a change.


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