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Journal of Digital Imaging

, Volume 24, Issue 1, pp 6–10 | Cite as

Has the Picture Archiving and Communication System (PACS) Become a Commodity?

  • James Chen
  • John Bradshaw
  • Paul Nagy
Article

Abstract

The Picture Archiving and Communication System (PACS) market has been transformed by disruptive innovations from the information technology industry. The cost of storage alone has dropped by a factor of 100 within the past 10 years. Improvements in display, processing, and networking have likewise enabled PACS to be a capable replacement for film. The maturity of PACS has permeated the US healthcare industry from large academic hospitals to small outpatient imaging centers. Can PACS continue to be a platform for innovation or has it become a commodity?

Key words

PACS cost analysis computer hardware 

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Copyright information

© Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine 2010

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of California at Los AngelesLos AngelesUSA
  2. 2.Duke University Medical CenterDurhamUSA
  3. 3.University of Maryland School of MedicineBaltimoreUSA

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