f02a.jpg (8919 bytes)Healthcare facilities around the world are embracing information technology on one level or another. Whether it be a full-blown PACS (picture archiving and communications system), a less complex RIS (radiology information system) or ASP (application service provider) for off-site, long-term storage of medical images, cost becomes an issue at some point in the budgetary process.

Acquiring image acquisition, transmission and storage capabilities is much like purchasing any other piece of hospital equipment. A facility buys what it needs via an affordable price or financing plan.

Philip Drew, Ph.D., principal at Concord Consulting Group (Lexington, Mass.), is one of the industry’s leading PACS consultants. He is the principal author of eight major multi-center studies, five of which evaluated the outlook for the electronic medical imaging and PACS market.

Please refer to the May 2001 issue for the complete story. For information on article reprints, contact Martin St. Denis