Along with digital radiography systems, the medical imaging technology known as PACS (Picture Archiving and Communication System) has drastically transformed the diagnostic imaging landscape. By providing economical retrieval, storage, distribution and management of diagnostic images and related data, PACS has expedited the delivery of medical diagnosis and treatment, making the lives of both physicians and patients easier.
Over the course of this blog post, we’ll take a look at how technologies such as PACS have helped medical facilities and organizations to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of health care provisions.
Enables Doctors to Provide More Accurate Diagnoses and More Effective Treatment Plans
The primary benefit of a PACS system is that it consolidates patient data from all departments of a healthcare facility and makes it accessible to physicians in the form of a single user-interface. So in other words, PACS puts all patient medical data and images at the physician’s fingertips. And when a physician has comprehensive knowledge about the patient’s medical background and has access to the patient’s current data, they’re naturally able to provide more accurate diagnoses and more effective treatment plans.
Reduces Administrative Headaches
Conventionally, healthcare facilities have to deal with a lot of administrative and data management headaches, especially if they’re dealing with a large amount of customer data. When medical images and reports are in the form of hard copies and are stored in physical storage places, managing them can be very time consuming as well as labor intensive. Furthermore, retrieving the data can also take a lot of time, which causes bottlenecks in the workflow and causes delays in the treatment of patients. With a PACS, however, the storage and transmission of medical images and data is done digitally. This reduces the administrative hassle and the paperwork involved in managing patient information. Furthermore, patient waiting times are also reduced as retrieving medical data through PACS is done in a matter of seconds.
A “Patient Dashboard”
With the consolidated and organized patient data offered by a PACS, there are endless possibilities in terms of how physicians or the patients themselves want to utilize that data. For instance, PACS allows you to create a digital “dashboard” for each individual patient, which contains their complete medical information, including diagnostic images and related data. Physicians can use this dashboard to gain comprehensive insight into the patient’s medical record, and pharmacists can use it to provide the most effective prescriptions possible.
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