5 capabilities that providers are considering for PACS
As integrated delivery systems look to pull together patient data, they’re not stopping at just their electronic health records systems. Now, they’re taking aim at the information systems that hold their images. For example, Partners HealthCare recently took steps to streamline its imaging systems by planning to implement an integrated enterprise imaging platform from Visage Imaging, reducing a multiplicity of radiology platforms that have been in use at Partners facilities. Partners institutions use the Epic electronic health records system, but hope to gain efficiencies from moving to a single radiology platform, executives say.
In addition to improving system consolidation, there are other reasons for healthcare organizations to consider modernizing their PACS systems. Mach7 Technologies, a vendor that develops enterprise image solutions, offers five reasons for considering a PACS upgrade.
Speed and interoperability
A modern PACS architecture can provide unparalleled speed boosts to the system, increasing productivity. Newer PACS systems are interoperable, with an architecture that provides greater access to data, enabling a comprehensive view of a patient's medical records and increasing the ease of access to those records for clinical staff.
A provider’s workflow is the nervous system that makes its entire enterprise imaging strategy work. Workflow orchestration is the modern iteration of workflow strategy, considering all the elements that can affect workflow—including scalability, complexity of deployment, reliability and other factors.
Relevant prior understanding
Using machine learning and advanced interoperability techniques, a modern PACS can simplify the process of identifying and weighting a patient's relevant priors, improving efficiency and reducing the risk of overlooking any relevant priors during diagnosis.
Artificial intelligence is the big development in medicine over the past few years. AI is expected to prompt significant changes in the imaging industry. Even though widespread use of AI for assisted diagnosis is still in the early adoption phase, artificial intelligence applications for operational analytics are already in use, and a replacement PACS should have the architecture in place to support AI when it comes.
Ability to leverage the cloud
Next generation PACS can hold images on-premise or in the cloud, and with modern streaming technology and infrastructure in place today, powering a PACS infrastructure in the cloud has some distinct advantages. Increased connectivity among disparate sites, improved security, improved performance through virtualized servers and reduced costs through cloud-managed services are just some of the benefits a cloud-based PACS infrastructure can provide.