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A variety of information systems in the health care enterprise are used to store patient information. The hospital information system (HIS), the picture archiving and communications system (PACS), the radiology information systems (RIS), and patient records, for example, are often supported by separate and distinct systems. A referring physician reviewing a(More)
There is little question that the current enthusiasm in personal computing was catalyzed by the introduction of the MITS Altair computer kit in January 1975. This computer kit demonstrated by its cost (originally less than $400) that individuals could now afford a computer. And by its design the Altair established a standard bus structure for the personal(More)
To facilitate the integration of digital radiography (DR) and legacy film/screen technology, we have devised a methodology for film digitization that optimizes workflow and integrates well with the picture archiving and communication system (PACS). This work was performed at Mercy Medical Center (Cedar Rapids, IA) using a film digitizer with built-in(More)
The radiology information system (RIS) provides patient and examination information that is used in setting up and performing a radiologic procedure. In a digital imaging environment, information from the RIS can also be used to populate fields in the Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine (DICOM) image header. Ideally, information from the RIS(More)
As technology vendors have adopted standardized communication protocols, including Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine (DICOM) and Health Level 7 (HL7), interconnectivity between various devices has been simplified. The recent Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE) initiative will further promote the use of standards for interconnectivity.(More)
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