We are in the process of acquiring PACS. I understand that you can have both RIS and PACS on the same pc and can open up RIS via PACS or vice versa by simple click of an icon which says images(on RIS) or report(on PACS). How many organisations are able to do this?I am told that having these 2 softwares on the same PC requires 2 network cards thereby making the system unstable? Can anyone suggest a solution?
It certainly is possible to have this kind of desk-top integration, but be very careful in your discussions with manufacturers! Ideally see the PACS/RIS integration live with the equipment and the software versions you will be using. Also, be clear what it is you want out of the system. Do you want to access RIS from PACS or vice versa, or both. Do you want digital dictation/speech recognition available and how? Can the manufacturers provide twin PACS monitors plus colour RIS monitor, all operated with single keyboard and mouse? (Etc...)
I'm sure you will get plenty of replies and advice on this one.
You shouldn't need two network cards.
We are at preferred bidder status with a supplier. The whole PACS application software is IE/Web based, whether in or out of Radiology. Other applications like RIS (Outlook, Office etc) are simply another open program under Win 2000 Pro. which is more than capable of handling this as a multi-tasking O/S.
If the RIS and PACS both sit on the hospital network, accessing them both down the same network cable isn't an issue.
The SW London Project is procuring this type of solution and we are at = preferred bidder status. We have seen a demonstration of the solution = and written the specification into the contract. The functionality was = one of the key aspects that impressed the clinicians. There are a range = of suppliers now offering this functionality, however to avoid the trust = being left holding the integration issues it is worth trying to prime = the PACS provider with the interface responsibility and hold them = accountable for its performance.
It is possible to create such solutions: we (Rogan-Medical Systems), have installed these integrated solutions in various countries with different RIS systems in the Netherlands (two vendors), China, Thailand, and the USA. Drawings of these instalations are available. In the UK, we demonstrated with HSS that an integration on this level is possible.