Here’s the thing, we often talk about sharing and its value in the theoretical sense in our blogs. For us, sharing is an important part of fulfilling our mission of enabling the availability of medical images wherever and whenever they are needed for patient diagnosis and treatment. Of course, being in this industry means that over time we have seen and heard our fair share of real life accounts where the immediate ability to share studies has led to significantly improved medical outcomes. That being said, we have also found that there are cases when a local onsite PACS as the sole solution for sharing medical images has led to hindered medical outcomes.
Let’s face it, everyone wants to save money! It doesn’t matter if you are a physician, a hospital administrator, a lawyer - everyone, even your next door neighbor is trying to find a way to save. The healthcare industry is as such that with reimbursements being pinched, looking at your checkbook can become an overwhelming feeling. As a result of trying to be more economical, we all fall into the trap of becoming hesitant to invest in what is required to truly become more efficient in our businesses. For a physician, it might feel safer to gravitate towards the low-cost desktop medical imaging viewer, or perhaps free open source software that runs that on your PC. In fact, you might even want to store your images there. While we applaud your initiative, we have some suggestions on where you can save money.
If you run a private practice that uses medical imaging technology in some way, shape or form, you may be confused by the variety of picture archiving and communications systems (PACS) offerings. A PACS can bring multiple benefits to any medical practice, including: simplifying the storage, offering a resilient backup strategy, and efficiently sharing medical images. Determining what is right for you, can be a daunting task. When shopping, however, you need to think about more than just cost. In our experience, the following are critical considerations before investing in any PACS.
If you are in the business of selling imaging equipment to health care organizations, you likely haven't spent a great deal of time focused on your customer's picture archiving and communications system (PACS). And if you sell a PACS offering along with your modality sale, it may not enable your client to take full advantage of the potential to share images with remote radiologists and referring physicians or enable mobility in any location.
PACS is often an afterthought for modality vendors. However, we've found that those equipment resellers who can deliver thoughtful PACS solutions can stand out above their competition.