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PACS

 

Picture Archiving and Communication System (PACS) Solutions create an improved working environment for the radiographer, radiologist, referring doctor as well as enhancing patient care. PACS systems are computers or servers dedicated to the storage, retrieval, distribution and presentation of images. The medical images are stored in an independent format. The most common format for image storage is DICOM (Digital Imaging and Communication in Medicine).

PACS software offers Radiologists and Radiographers the most advanced truly Web-based architecture available. PACS Solutions are the core of a smooth running radiology workflow and improves the speed and reliability of image communication within the radiology practice.

 

PACS - Integration with RIS

 

When PACS is integrated into the RIS it becomes driven by the RIS workflow, meaning that all radiology functionality is delivered to the various end users in a single user interface.

There is no longer the need to alternate between systems to manage a patient examination, from scheduling through to the final radiologist sign-off and billing.

When an examination request is captured into the RIS, the patient information is automatically available at the modality, via the DICOM worklist module. There is therefore less risk of inaccurate data being entered during each examination and significantly reduces the time that a PACS administrator may need to spend correcting mistakes.

Billing accuracy is also improved, efficiency is enhanced, and historical study information is available with future examinations.

Pro Med assures that patient information is accurately matched with imaging data:

  • The PACS can automatically present relevant prior examinations for that patient with the current study.
  • Information richness is improved because radiologists have both clinical data and imaging data as they report a case.
  • When this information is at a radiologist's fingertips, findings can be determined more quickly and results can be delivered to the referring physician sooner.

 

PACS - Reporting

 

An integral part of the PACS workflow solution is the success of the reporting facilities.

The Radiologist Worklist to display the patients that have been examined and are waiting to be reported.  All documents and information required to produce an accurate and timely diagnosis for the patient are available in the patient record. State-of-the art Voice Recognition Reporting software integrated into the workflow allows radiologists to report real-time as the images and patient information are available simultaneously at the reporting workstations, where the radiologist merely dictates his report which is interpreted and transcribed by the system.

The radiologist can dictate, edit and authorise the report or send the dictation through to the typist for correction.

 

PACS - Distribution

 

Images are available to the referring physician immediately.  The report is available once the Radiologist has verified the report – a visual display on the study list indicates that the report is available for viewing.

 

PACS - Software

 

GE CentricityTM Universal Viewer

For product choice, ProMed is still unrivalled as they are the official distributor of GE Centricity TM Universal Viewer in South Africa.

Centricity TM Universal Viewer offers radiologists a comprehensive portable imaging desktop, providing the same set of features and integrations whether you're in your study at home, at the practice or in the hospital.

  • Intelligent Productivity Tools
    • Smart Reading Protocols
    • Adaptive streaming engine
  • Advanced Visualisation
    • Single image repository across 2D and 3D studies, no need to log into multiple applications
  • Breast Imaging
    • Supports screening and diagnostic workflows and the display of multimodality images on the same workstation
  • Clinician Access
    • Provides enterprise-wide and community-wide access to images and reports from anywhere on the users device of choice
      • Dependent on internet connection as well as supported browsers and devices