One of the sessions at Aunt Minnie’s “PACS in a World of Change” virtual conference was Top Trends in Imaging Informatics: A Preview of Pressing Issues and Emerging Trends at SIIM 2011. Not surprisingly, the increasing use of mobile devices in radiology made the list. However, what was perhaps missing from the presentation was a discussion on the integration of radiology IT with the EMR. While this is not as novel as the emergence of mobile devices like the iPad, the combination of both trends has profoundly impacted the radiology IT market.
Meaningful Use initiatives have renewed the industry’s focus on patient data. As a result, RIS and PACS need to deliver even more value to a wider group of users. On top of that, the recent FDA approval of Mobile MIM’s radiology application means that the PACS needs to adapt to use on non-traditional devices such as the iPad. The result is the emergence of “zero-footprint” products on the market that have changed the way we think about medical imaging IT. PACS can no longer operate independently from neighboring IT systems, and we have been challenged to break out of the typical workstation environment for viewing imaging data.
As a result, we have a new vocabulary to talk about PACS in light of these industry changes: light, mobile and easily embedded. Zero-footprint viewers are among the newest technology that we’ll be seeing at SIIM. These systems are web-based; can run on any platform or device; are easily embedded into the EMR; and they are different from anything radiology professionals have used before.
This groundbreaking technology has emerged from major changes in the world of imaging IT, where the workflow is no longer tied to a workstation. You can expect to see a lot of new things at SIIM this year – and we can’t wait to show you.
Elad Benjamin, General Manager of Carestream’s Healthcare Information Solutions business, talked with Everything Rad about these trends in a recent podcast. Click here to listen to what he had to say.