Radiology Information Systems (RIS)
Radiology Information Systems (RIS) are databases used by radiologists and medical facilities to track, alter, store and disperse patient information. RIS have been such a huge commodity for the medical field because all of the tools and resources needed to utilize and organize patient information are in central databases.
Radiology Information Systems have numerous functions including:
- Patient Tracking
- Image Tracking
- Interactive Documentation
- Picture Archiving and Communication System integration
- Worklist displays
- Seamless appointment creation
RIS save facilities quite a chunk of change. Images can be brought up quickly because they are stored on the database; therefore, time is saved and radiologists do not have to worry about taking multiple screenings to back up the original, or create a separate backup file for the images. The state-of-the-art RIS have those capabilities already built in. This isn’t just subject to images. Reports and notes can be opened without having to manually send them to medical personnel. This also saves everyone time and money–including the patient.
Most RIS are transitioning or have already gone the paperless route. It is an obvious money saver and definitely takes less of a toll on the environment. The facility that goes this route has that win-win in its pocket, but can now market itself as environmentally friendly or “green.”
RIS don’t solve every single problem typically faced by radiologists, but definitely take several steps toward that end. It’s all about saving as much time, money and energy as humanly possible. Radiology, just like any other field in medical technology, is a very high paced gig. There is little to know room for error, and the consequences can be dire if indeed errors happen.
You want to have every single humanly possible safeguard in place, in order to assure that nothing escapes scrutiny and everything is copasetic. Computerization of all processes is much safer now than it ever has been in the past. First off, security is never an issue with in-house web services. Intranets are not only safe, they are tremendously efficient and effective conduits for high-speed communication. Secondly, with today’s type of file backup there is absolutely no way that your data is going to be lost. It’s happened too many times in the past for engineers not to have learned from their mistakes.