I have been asked the following question by a nuclear medicine colleague - does anyone have an answer? 'The standard for NM multiplanar reconstruction (MPR) and nuclear cardiology were released several months ago as the IHE Nuclear Medicine Profile. So far none of the major PACS vendors has shown much interest upgrading their systems to work with the standards. One way to improve the situation is to specify compliance with the IHE Nuclear Medicine Profile when our hospital buys its first PACS system. After that, the PET/CT IHE profile won't be out for another year. Do you know if our LSP incorporates the NMed IHE profile in its PACS product and does it intend to include PET CT display in this?' Thanks in anticipation of your comments. Nick Hollings
For those interested in the IHE Nuclear medicine profile http://interactive.snm.org/index.cfm?PageID=2482&RPID=1397 Many of us recognise the importance of IHE for end-users(radiographers, Radiologists and clinicians). We have concerns about how IHE has been dealt within the OBS. The LSP PACS vendor are only asked to show their IHE conformance but are not required to comply. As their contract run for a period of 10 years, they are not even required to state in what time frames they would be expected to implement a new IHE profile when it does come out. We are dependent on their goodwill to do R&D. As PACS is core we do not even have the ability to buy a PACS which supports the IHE profile that we as end-users would need to do our jobs more efficiently and effectively. Some of LSP RIS suppliers do not even have an IHE conformance statement. Yet we may have to buy their RIS solutions. IHE should have been insisted upon in the OBS. One can get all the level of integrations one needs without IHE provided the PACS/RIS/modality vendors are willing to work together at each individual level of integration. However, with the no.(100 trusts) of implementations required of the LSP PACS vendors in the short time frames for them to implement them, they are not going to have the time to do vendor specific integrations. Hence, who is going to lose out? Us, end-users. I have written to our RID, CIO and LSP regarding IHE and PACS. Surprise, Surprise no reply.