December 17 , 2008
WAYNE MEDICAL CENTER'S PACS IMPLEMENTATION PROVIDES ELECTRONIC IMAGING
WAYNESBORO, Tenn.—Wayne Medical Center (WMC) recently made a technology upgrade that brings improved care and greater convenience to patients, according to CEO Mike Sears. The Picture Archival Communications System (PACS) will be used for CT, MRI, ultrasound and diagnostic (CR) images that previously were printed on film. Physicians will now have immediate access to these critical diagnostic tools via computer in many physician offices and at workstations located in radiology areas and the Emergency Department.
“By eliminating the need for film, we will be able to expedite radiology images for physicians and employees caring for patients,” said Sears. “Images will be sent electronically to a workstation for review. Those reading the digital images will have the ability to manipulate and zoom in on certain areas, which allows for better analysis. Once evaluated, the images will then be available to physicians and staff involved in caring for the patient.”
According to Sears, PACS is one of the first steps toward electronic medical records at WMC.
“In the future, all medical information and images that doctors need to provide patients with care will be available in a secure electronic format. The time and cost savings will be tremendous. The caregivers who need patient medical information will get it more quickly. The sooner they have that information, the sooner an accurate diagnosis and treatment options can be identified,” said Sears.