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Incremental cost of a department-wide PACS/CR implementation
Author(s): Hugh M. Pratt; Curtis P. Langlotz; Eric R. Feingold; J. Sanford Schwartz; Harold L. Kundel
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Paper Abstract

Incremental costs are determined for a department-wide implementation of picture archiving and communication systems and computed radiography (PACS/CR). This analysis involves determination of all capital and operational costs associated with PACS implementation over an eight-year time horizon. Economic effects are identified, adjusted for time value, and used to calculate Net Present Values (NPV) for each section of the Department of Radiology and for the department as a whole. NPV indicates the full economic impact of a project. Results indicate that a full PACS/CR implementation would not be cost-saving for a large, subspecialized department.However, the cost-savings produced when CR is removed from the analysis indicates that PACS implementation will produce a positive economic impact for departments which have CR already implemented or are committed to CR implementation. Departments that predominantly produce digital images should experience a greater economic savings from using PACS. Furthermore, lossy long-term archive compression rates of 10:1 or greater also produce cost-savings versus conventional imaging equipment.

Paper Details

Date Published: 22 May 1997
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 3035, Medical Imaging 1997: PACS Design and Evaluation: Engineering and Clinical Issues, (22 May 1997); doi: 10.1117/12.274598
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Hugh M. Pratt, Univ. of Pennsylvania Medical Ctr. (United States)
Curtis P. Langlotz, Univ. of Pennsylvania Medical Ctr. (United States)
Eric R. Feingold, Univ. of Pennsylvania Medical Ctr. (United States)
J. Sanford Schwartz, Univ. of Pennsylvania Medical Ctr. (United States)
Harold L. Kundel, Univ. of Pennsylvania Medical Ctr. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3035:
Medical Imaging 1997: PACS Design and Evaluation: Engineering and Clinical Issues
Steven C. Horii; G. James Blaine, Editor(s)

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