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.

Like radiology practices, not all PACS are exactly the same. Most of the core features provide the same functionality to the end user but there are occasions where unique and uncommon

PACS features can add valuable advantages to workflow, efficiency, and patient care for certain practices. It is for this reason that Pro Med has partnered with two international PACS vendors thereby ensuring that we can provide the right solution to suit any customer.

Whether you are a small practice requiring only basic functionality or a large practice with specialised modalities and spanning multiple geographic locations, if you want your PACS to be housed on-site at your premises, off-site in the cloud, or a combination of both we have a solution that will meet your wants and needs.

Some of the key features that we are able to provide for our customers are: Cloud PACS, artificial intelligence, reporting over low network bandwidth, mobile image review, patient portal, teleradiology, advanced 3D, image lifecyle maintenance through leveraging off of storage tiers and compression rules, centralised solution, tag morphing, image routing, VNA, XDS, HL7 communications, and more.

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.

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.

Information richness is improved because radiologists have both clinical data and imaging data as they report a case.

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 RIS 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.

Prism also delivers reports directly to referring doctors on authorizationof the completes report. Any addendums to reports also automatically update the PACS system and are emailed to referrers