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What is a PACS?

Glossary

A PACS (Picture Archiving and Communication System) is an enterprise-level software system that aids in the electronic storage and transmission of medical imagery including diagnostics and radiology. The primary advantage of PACS is that it allows for a patient's care team to work with an efficient imaging solution while also improving convenience and accessibility.

By using a PACS, a clinic can reasonably access multiple imaging technologies (e.g., ultrasounds, MRIs, x-rays, CT scans, etc.) and rapidly transmit the images to multiple locations, whether it's an office down the hall, a patient, or a specialist in another country. 

Components of a PACS

A PACS has the ability to improve the quality and delivery of patient care by allowing professionals to rapidly share and assess imagery from anywhere. However, the implementation of a PACS requires multiple components, starting with digital devices integrated with it, which may consist of ultrasound, X-ray, or some other radiology machines. 

Once the image is taken, an image acquisition device is used to transmit it to a storage device or server. The image can then be assessed using a display station, such as an imaging workstation, where they can view the image and show it to the patient as needed. They can also create discs to provide to a patient for medical record keeping.

Depending on the clinic's need, some additional equipment may be necessary, such as a means of scanning or photographing hard copy images to upload them to the digital database. Likewise, special printers may be necessary to produce hard copies of the digital images with accuracy. Most clinics will also choose to interface the system with a radiology information system (RIS), electronic health record (EHR), and/or a hospital information system (HIS). 

How TempDev Can Help You Implement a PACS

TempDev’s team of experienced consultants, developers, and trainers is here to support enhanced accessibility with diagnostic radiology and customized features and templates. This enables you and your patients to have more control over data with improved transparency. 

As part of our streamlining process, we help you implement the Patient Portal, API, and other tools to better support safety, patient engagement, and security. TempDev offers the comprehensive resources and tools you need to ensure compliance from dashboards to automation and workflow redesign. 

Contact us here or by calling us at 888.TEMP.DEV to ensure you make the most out of your PACS.

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