Medical imaging information systems in general are experiencing a dip in sales that likely will continue until 2013, but prospects would considerably brighten if certified imaging systems are needed to comply with Stages 2 and 3 of meaningful use, according to a new report.

Presently, picture archiving and communication systems, radiology information systems and cardiovascular information systems are not among the products being certified as Complete or Module EHRs under Stage 1.

"Significant price discounting of systems as well as a shift in focus toward the less-penetrated small hospital market is expected over the next few years," says Basim Mansour, market research analyst at Millennium Research Group, Toronto. Consequently, it's "very critical" that the industry lobby to get PACS, RIS and CVIS incorporated into the next two stages of meaningful use, he adds.

In 2010, the combined U.S. market for the technologies was approximately $1.8 billion, according to the report, "US Markets for PACS, RIS and CVIS 2011." The report mentions more than 30 vendors and examines trends in contract sales, average selling prices and market values from 2009-2015. It's available for $6,995 for an individual license and $10,500 for a corporate license at mrg.net.

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