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KLAS: PACS Adoption Poised for Outpatient Growth

December 1, 2008
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A new report published this week by Orem, Utah-based KLAS profiling the performance of more than a dozen PACS software vendors says that PACS implementation at hospitals has reached the saturation point. It also states that although many outpatient facilities have yet to invest in imaging automation, PACS software vendors have begun to aggressively target the ambulatory market as a key arena for growth.

Among other findings, the report points out that only 20 percent of orthopedic organizations are estimated to have adopted PACS. Still, others have been slow to adopt the technology because of declining economic conditions and the impact of legislation like the Deficit Reduction Act, which reduced spending for Medicare and Medicaid.

In evaluating 17 ambulatory PACS vendors, the KLAS report found that the Intelerad IntelePACS product received the highest performance score (91.9 out of 100) based on feedback from current customers. Other top products included RamSoft PowerServer PACS (88.7), DR Systems Unity (87.5) and GE Centricity IW (87.2).

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