A radiology information system (RIS) is a specialized healthcare IT system used in radiology departments and imaging centers. A RIS manages and tracks digital patient images while offering some level of integration with electronic medical records (EMR) and EHR systems.
Radiology information systems have largely replaced the use of paper and film based systems. Since a patient may have several images and many pages of records, a RIS saves office space and makes it easier to locate and share diagnostic images and results.
How Does a RIS Work?
Most RIS software covers the entire patient experience in the radiology department, from scheduling, billing, and registration to image acquisition, interpretation, and reporting. The software also helps radiologists manage their daily work, and it offers a central repository for all radiology-related data.
A RIS will often integrate with other healthcare software, including picture archiving and communication systems (PACS), electronic medical record (EMR) systems, and other systems to provide a complete picture of a patient's medical history.
The Features of a Radiology Information System
While the features of a RIS will vary depending on the software vendor, there are some standard components found in most systems, including the following:
- Storing images
- Tracking of images acquired from medical imaging devices
- Sharing diagnostic images and results with patients and the medical care team
- Patient management
- Integration with patient records
- Scheduling and billing
- Reporting functions to summarize a radiology department’s workload
The combination of these functions improves the speed and accuracy of the medical imaging process. Some of these features may be delegated to a PACS if the organization has both systems. PACS tend to have robust image management features when compared to the more general functions of a RIS.
How TempDev Can Help With Radiology Information Systems
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