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Costs and benefits of hospital-wide PACS networks: an overview of a comprehensive evaluation exercise
Author(s): Stirling Bryan; Gwyneth C. Weatherburn; Jessamy Watkins; Justin Keen; Nicole Muris; Martin J. Buxton
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Paper Abstract

The experimental site for the evaluation reported was the Hammersmith Hospital, London. The study adopted an economic perspective in that the focus was on the change in various elements of cost and the change in various parameters of benefit following the implementation of a hospital-wide PACS. Comparison was made of hospital operation in a film-based situation with operation in a PACS-based situation. Some of the research activities focused on the radiology service itself at Hammersmith, others focused on other areas of the hospital where radiological information was seen as an important component in clinical decision-making, and others looked outside the hospital. In terms of operational, clinical and patient benefits, the evaluation found no significant indicators of disadvantages of PACS and many examples of significant actual measurable benefits or perceived advantages by users. However, as one might expect, these advantages come at a significant net cost.

Paper Details

Date Published: 13 July 1998
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 3339, Medical Imaging 1998: PACS Design and Evaluation: Engineering and Clinical Issues, (13 July 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.319790
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Stirling Bryan, Brunel Univ. (United Kingdom)
Gwyneth C. Weatherburn, Brunel Univ. (United Kingdom)
Jessamy Watkins, Brunel Univ. (United Kingdom)
Justin Keen, Brunel Univ. (United Kingdom)
Nicole Muris, Brunel Univ. (United Kingdom)
Martin J. Buxton, Brunel Univ. (United Kingdom)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3339:
Medical Imaging 1998: PACS Design and Evaluation: Engineering and Clinical Issues
Steven C. Horii; G. James Blaine, Editor(s)

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