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RSNA PACS Roundtable


POISED TO TOUCH ALL THINGS


A LOOK INTO THE FUTURE OF PACS.


the Radiological Society of North America – just around the corner (Nov. 28-Dec.3, McCormick Place, Chicago), we thought it would be a great time to ask industry leaders to comment on the evolution of PACS (picture archiving and communica- tion system) and the challenges faced in adopting, implementing, running and growing a system. “Diagnostic imaging and related content from PACS provide a critical component of the patient medical record,” says Paul Merrild, senior vice president, marketing and business development, Merge Healthcare. “Using informa- tion from imaging studies, physicians can detect the presence of disease, the progression of dis- ease and the effectiveness of treatment. Making patient-care decisions without this information would be unthinkable, so images must become an integral part of any comprehensive electronic health record.” But PACS is so much more than image stor- age and retrieval. Indeed, its processes and work fl ows, sometimes as a whole, sometimes in parts, are poised to touch all things related to electronic health records (EHRs) in the future. “What’s relevant here is not a focus on PACS


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vs. the EHR, but rather what is best from the perspective of the patient and the physician,” says Merrild. “For the most part, PACS is synonymous with diagnostic images and other ‘big data’ from multiple different specialties. So the question becomes: ‘Are diagnostic images an important part of patient care?’ The answer to that question is a resounding ‘yes.’” With so much at stake, we asked select RSNA exhibitors the following:


HOW DO YOU SEE IMAGING INFORMATICS EVOLVING AS IT PERTAINS TO THE INTEROPERABILITY OF DISPARATE SYSTEMS? WHAT IS THE BIGGEST ROADBLOCK TO SUCCESSFUL IMPLEMENTATION?


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