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in radiologist productivity and enhances report timeliness and overall resource utilization.

Easy integration with EMR/EHR systems is essential.

Federal initiatives are driving greater adoption of EMR/ EHR systems in the United States. Today, most EMR systems have trouble sup- porting imaging information, which represents a signifi cant amount of a patient’s medi- cal record. A mobile PACS system should support an open, seamless interface with EMR/EHR systems so that

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clinicians have a holistic view of a patient’s history and current condition, regardless of their location. This holistic approach can lead to a higher level of patient care through more accurate diagnosis and treatment. Mobile PACS can be purchased as a service. As healthcare providers enter their second-, third- or even fourth-generation of PACS, many consider the option of purchasing PACS functionality as a pay-per-use SaaS (software as a service). A secure, cloud-based service can provide full PACS functionality while eliminating equip-

ment obsolescence. Vendors assume full responsibility for maintaining data centers that supply excellent perfor- mance, technology upgrades, data security and other tasks. With this model, patient information can be shared with authorized physicians over a simple Internet connection. As with an enterprise-wide PACS, this service enables convenient remote reading for a primary diagnosis, as well as the ability to obtain a second opinion from another radiologist or specialist. PACS as a service is an operat- ing expense with a monthly fee based on the number of imaging exams produced each month.

As the radiology environment changes, the solutions offered to radiologists and imaging service providers must change as well. One of the greatest challenges to a smooth radiology work fl ow is the mobility and the geographic dispersion of images and physicians. In this environment, PACS systems need to provide a full set of clinical tools to any authorized clinician – in an environment that is completely integrated, despite the fact that it is remote. Only fully featured mobile PACS architectures will al- low healthcare facilities and physicians to maintain and improve responsiveness while continuing to enhance patient care.

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