McKinly Hospital for Children, one of the leading pediatric caregivers and research centers in the nation, is implementing a Picture Archive and Communication System (PACS) to promote patient care, enhance efficiency, and reduce costs. The medical imaging department is leading the effort to ensure seamless integration and interoperability, while minimizing the organizational, political, financial, and managerial issues. This case identifies the Organizational Behavior risks and benefits that deployment of a hospital wide information system presents. Additionally, a full case analysis and preferred implementation strategy provide a framework for any organization considering PACS or similar health information technology systems.
The medical imaging department is located on the first floor of the hospital while the department’s magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) division resides on the ground floor. The department consists of highly trained pediatric radiologists, radiologic technologists, nurses, and non-clinical support.
To further promote patient care, enhance efficiency, and reduce costs, the imaging department is implementing a Picture Archive and Communication System (PACS). To supplement PACS, the department is also considering Computed Radiography (CR) and Digital Dictation/Voice Recognition (DDVR) systems.
Compute Radiography Radiology Information System Clerical Staff Medical Imaging Department Pediatric Caregiver
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.
This is a preview of subscription content, log in to check access.
Levine BA, Mun SK, Benson HR, Horii SC. Assessment of the integration of a HIS/RIS with a PACS. J Digit Imaging. 2003;16:133-140.CrossRefPubMedGoogle Scholar
Reiner BI, Siegel EL, Carrin JA, Goldburgh MM. SCAR radiologic technologist survey: Analysis of the impact of digital technologies on productivity. J Digit Imaging. 2002;15:132-140.CrossRefPubMedGoogle Scholar
Siegel E, Reiner B. Work flow redesign: The key to success when using PACS. Am J Roentgenol. 2002;178:563-566.Google Scholar