Clinical specialization, connectivity keep RIS vital

The RIS sector of radiology informatics continues to bring new functionalities to the table. This year's RSNA offerings prove that although RIS may be the venerable elder of information systems, it is still a vibrant and vital segment of radiology.


RIS is no longer an independent silo of information; instead, it has matured into radiology's window on the healthcare information technology enterprise. Bidirectional communication with other IT systems is the norm, with vendors offering connectivity to other departmental and enterprise clinical information systems such as laboratory information systems (LIS), hospital information systems (HIS), clinical information systems (CIS), the electronic medical record (EMR), and integrated RIS/PACS hybrid systems.

Vendors in the RIS market have also begun to branch out to other clinical specialties, with specialized cardiology and orthopedic products taking the lead. Web-driven applications based on Microsoft's .Net framework are making a strong showing this year in response to client demand for a scalable, platform-independent interface.

Integrated voice recognition and dictation applications; financial and practice management tools; insurance eligibility, submission, and reconciliation options; mammography and Mammography Quality Standards Act (MQSA) auditing and tracking functions; and Web-based distribution of reference images and diagnostic reports are but a few of the features that will be on display in Chicago this year.

To find out more about what RIS developers will be showcasing at the 2004 RSNA show, just click on the links below.

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