Successfully upgrading and integrating your PACS requires proper preparation and maintenance.
Increased patient load, tightening reimbursement, and shrinking budgets can have multi-facility health systems searching for ways to maximize their bottom line. According to Applied Radiology, an up-to-date, integrated PACS could help grow your business.
A MarketsandMarkets study released in October revealed the enterprise PACS market is expected to balloon to more than $510 million by 2018, and a 2011 CapSite study estimated, at the time, 21 percent of U.S. hospitals and health systems would elect to change their PACS.
When selecting a new system, industry experts frequently recommend you consider functionality, accessibility, and scalability. However, there are a few specific tips that could make your decision easier.
1. Documentation: Be sure to create clear, detailed, comprehensive documentation about your enterprise workflow.
2. Standards: Whenever you can, opt for standards-based integration instead of proprietary integration. It will make future operations easier.
3. Test environment: Use live data in an integrated test environment.
4. Test plans: Create test plans for all your integrated systems based on your workflow documentation.
5. Vendor management: Whenever possible, coordinate any changes from your vendors with all the affected systems in advance.
6. Version control: Keep your systems up-to-date so you can successfully manage any upgrades or changes.