New module for seamless integration between RIS and PACS furthers filmless future of radiology

Cleveland 02 May 2001RIS Logic Inc. recently introduced a novel capability for its RIS Logic Radiology Information System (RIS) which enables a customised integration with the popular RadWorks product. This new functionality offers expanded integration capabilities and streamlined efficiency for imaging centres and radiology work environments in small hospitals. The customised module for RadWorks allows two-way communication between RIS Logic and the Picture Archiving and Communication System (PACS) for a faster, more thorough interpretation by a radiologist.

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This new capability complements other modules offered with the RIS Logic product. RIS Logic provides efficient management of integrated daily operations, from scheduling, examination tracking and modality work list management to electronic signature, claims processing, management reporting and billing. A team of radiologists, technologists and administrative personnel designed RIS Logic's intuitive user interface. Its streamlined work flow reduces administrative workload and provides faster report turnaround, resulting in increased satisfaction of the patients, employees and referring physicians.

"The seamless integration between the RIS and PACS is essential to the origination and further development of a filmless environment", stated Dr. Bradley A. Blackburn, Medical Director, MSN Imaging Center, Cleveland, Ohio. "The RIS Logic innovative integration module with RadWorks, in combination with its robust functionality and ease of use, has made it the single most important tool in our practice." RadWorks is a popular Windows NT-based application which meets DICOM 3.0 compliance for PACS integration. By taking advantage of the RadWorks interface, RIS Logic can control RadWorks by immediately displaying the study images for viewing of the selected patient. Alternatively, RadWorks can display numerous work lists from within RIS Logic's database using DICOM.

RIS Logic offers complete, flexible system integration with external billing systems, tele-radiology, PACS, Hospital Information Systems (HIS), voice recognition, and dictation, via DICOM or HL7 standards. RIS Logic has had DICOM-compliant systems installed for more than a year, and its products implement the DICOM and HL7 transactions defined in the Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE) Technical Framework. IHE forms an initiative supported by industrial companies, to advance the state of data integration in health care. It brings together the major vendors of health care information and imaging systems to develop standard interfaces and data architectures, which allow the connectivity, integration, and communication of patient data to health care providers.

Several new contracts and the completion of 33 installations indicate a healthy increase in market demand for the RIS Logic product. RIS Logic was founded in 1999 by Dr. Frank E. Seidelmann, a diagnostic neuro-radiologist, with more than twenty-five years experience in academic and private practice radiology. Dr. Seidelmann has been chairman of multiple hospital radiology departments, and is currently the Medical Director for a network of MRI outpatient facilities. He is also a tele-radiologist, with licenses in 30 states, providing MRI interpretations throughout the country, as well as a Clinical Professor of Radiology at Ohio University.

RIS Logic has assembled a very experienced software development team with medical industry experience which is working closely with some of the most advanced imaging centres in the US to design radiology information systems which optimise work flow efficiency. RadWorks is a trademark of General Electric Medical Systems IT Applicare.


Leslie Versweyveld

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