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Impact and utilization studies of a PACS display station in an ICU setting
Author(s): Katherine P. Andriole; Maria Luigia Storto; Gordon Gamsu; H. K. Huang
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Paper Abstract

An assessment of changes in health-care professional behavior as a result of the introduction of a PACS (picture archiving and communication system) display station to an adult medical- surgical intensive care unit (ICU) is investigated via pre- and post-PACs evaluations. ICU display station utilization and the impact on clinical operations are also examined. Parameters measured both pre- and post-PACS ICU display station placement include the number of films per patient day, the number of clinician reviews of a patient's images per day and the percentage of images on which the unit interacts with a radiologist. The elapsed times from the time of exposure to the time of: review by the referring physician, radiologist-unit interaction and clinical action based on image information are also measured. The results of this investigation suggest that the introduction of a PaCS display station in the ICU may reduce the number of exams per patient day, decrease the elapsed time from the time of exposure to the time of review by the unit clinician, and improve the time to clinical action. Note, however, that it does not appear to change the percentage of total images on which the unit interacts with a radiologist.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 May 1996
PDF: 4 pages
Proc. SPIE 2711, Medical Imaging 1996: PACS Design and Evaluation: Engineering and Clinical Issues, (1 May 1996); doi: 10.1117/12.239260
Show Author Affiliations
Katherine P. Andriole, Univ. of California/San Francisco (United States)
Maria Luigia Storto, Univ. of California/San Francisco (United States)
Gordon Gamsu, Univ. of California/San Francisco (United States)
H. K. Huang, Univ. of California/San Francisco (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2711:
Medical Imaging 1996: PACS Design and Evaluation: Engineering and Clinical Issues
R. Gilbert Jost; Samuel J. Dwyer, Editor(s)

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