April 2013

New AGE Solutions for Radiologists

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RIS and PACS has eliminated the need for the dark room processing and hard copy films and have brought high quality images, stable X-ray imaging and immense benefits in terms of saving costs and enhancing quality

Chander Shekhar Sibal

Chander Shekhar Sibal, Executive Vice President, Medical Division, Fujifilm India Private Limited

Tell us the current trend of using RIS & PACS in today’s healthcare? What are the new innovations coming up?

PACS is now essential equipment for radiology departments and practices. With PACS Radiologists can compare the images taken during last visit of patient and this can help in better patient management. An RIS is especially useful for managing radiological records and associated data in a multiple locations and is often used in conjunction with a picture archiving and communication system (PACS) to manage the work flow and billing.
RIS+PACS is becoming a single integrated solution. PACS application is becoming more clinical including 3D features than review applications. Accesing images through mobile device are becoming increasingly popular and vendors are embedding these in their solutions.
Application Service Provider (ASP) or cloud based PACS and teleradiology models are evolving, saving the upfront initial cost to the buyer if they are ready to live with slightly slower retrieval timings.

Share us an innovation model devised by Fujifilm.

Synapse (PACS) has revolutionised the management of radiology imaging services, supporting image diagnosis with high-quality images, numerous image processing features and easy operation with new possibilities in this rapidly developing medical field. The best PACS would need to accommodate multiple physical locations with disparate RIS and HIS systems with multiple Radiology reading groups across the facilities in an enterprise. Synapse (PACS) was the one to address all of these needs and more.
Fujifilm Synapse (PACS) is a webbased medical imaging and information management system that integrates image and diagnostic information with in a medical institution over a specified network. Operation has been made simple so that doctors, technologist, and hospital personal can readily obtain required information anywhere and anytime. It allows effective filmless diagnosis with high quality image processing. It is a collection of software modules which together provides the core software functionality known as Synapse – FUJIFILM’s next generation PACS. Server modules work with the workstation software to provide powerful foundation technologies that serve the radiology department, the healthcare enterprise and beyond. The same exact Synapse (PACS) code runs a  30,000 exams per-year outpatient imaging center can run a multi-server, multi-site configuration with greater than a million exams a year.

In what ways do you think RIS & PACS benefits Indian caregivers?

The PACS viewer is a software that is installed on the workstation to receive and display the radiology images. This has both software and hardware components, which directly interfaces with imaging modalities and acquires the digital images from the modalities. It reduces the cost of radiology by eliminating the tradition process associated with storage space required for the same. Peer review  of the reports & subspecialty second opinions are much faster. PACS+RIS increase productivity, a system for digital storage, significant improvement in accuracy, rapid diagnosis, and fast report turnaround. This ultimately results in improved patient care.




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