Journal of Digital Imaging

, Volume 17, Issue 2, pp 134–143

Progress toward Paperless Radiology in the Digital Environment: Planning, Implementation, and Benefits

Authors

    • Department of RadiologyMaine Medical Center
  • Robert M. Coleman
    • Department of RadiologyMaine Medical Center
  • David M. Beaulieu
    • Department of RadiologyMaine Medical Center
  • Kristina Scrutchfield
    • Department of RadiologyMaine Medical Center
  • Todd Perkins
    • Department of RadiologyMaine Medical Center
Article

DOI: 10.1007/s10278-004-1002-x

Cite this article as:
Ralston, M.D., Coleman, R.M., Beaulieu, D.M. et al. J Digit Imaging (2004) 17: 134. doi:10.1007/s10278-004-1002-x

Abstract

A growing number of hospitals have installed PACS (Picture Archiving and Communications Systems) in order to improve patient care and to facilitate improved efficiencies. While eliminating films is commonly one of the first goals in planning a successful PACS implementation, eliminating the manual handling of paperwork can also produce a substantial benefit. We describe the process utilized at Maine Medical Center (MMC) to achieve a substantial degree of freedom from paperwork. Some of the benefits were expected, but some unexpected benefits also revealed themselves during this process.

Keywords

PACS Picture Archiving and Communications Systems paperless radiology PACS broker peer review speech recognition

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© SCAR (Society for Computer Applications in Radiology) 2004