We recently sat down with Jonathan Earle, PACS manager for Ellis Medicine, to talk about modern imaging and how PACS itself has broken free of silos to encompass enterprise integration.
When asked about the most significant way PACS has evolved, Jonathan shared that “…physicians no longer have to walk to radiology and wait for a clerk to find films and put them up on a light box. Today’s health system has evolved to require a true enterprise-wide clinical imaging tool.”
So, then, what are the challenges of providing expanded imaging in a modern healthcare environment? According to Jonathan, the hands-down biggest challenge is cost. Today’s organizations face additional costs to keep systems operational — from the need for more servers, workstations and storage to greater expense for data center heating and cooling.
The market for PACS is forecasted to undergo impressive growth through 2018. It is estimated that about 25% of radiology PACS have been installed up until now. This number will increase to 50% by 2018.
And when we asked Jonathan what organizations can expect to focus on beyond 2014, Jonathan responded, “I’d say getting the back-end infrastructure in place to support enterprise imaging integration, and the increased use of telehealth. This means eliminating data silos and creating a mechanism to allow more effective access to clinical images for physicians and the referring community.”
Read our full article with Jonathan in the summer 2014 edition of Health Tech Report on CDW Healthcare’s CommunI.T.
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