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PACER: a software package for cost evaluation of PACS--first results
Author(s): C. John W.A. Enning; Elisabeth M.S.J. van Gennip; Renas Rechid; Renaat van den Broeck; Berthold B. Wein; Albert Reinder Bakker
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Paper Abstract

The PC-based software package PACER supports cost analysis of PACS. PACER is one of the products of the EU subsidized project EurIPACS. The installation of either partial or hospitalwide PACSystems typically involves a number of changes in requirements for resources like equipment, personnel, and use of film. These changes can to some extent be expressed in monetary units: costs or (quantifiable) benefits. The analysis thereof however, is not as straightforward as it seems. The system may grow over the years, and effects on for instance personnel are not always clear. The software package PACER assists in the process of establishing the cost components of the current film based situation and a possible PACS and allows cost analysis to be performed on the results. The calculation of results can not only be performed for a full scale PACS, but also for the various stages of transition. This paper describes the structure of the software package and possible application areas are illustrated with an example case composed of two European partial PACSystems.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 May 1994
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 2165, Medical Imaging 1994: PACS: Design and Evaluation, (15 May 1994); doi: 10.1117/12.174350
Show Author Affiliations
C. John W.A. Enning, BAZIS (Netherlands)
Elisabeth M.S.J. van Gennip, BAZIS (Netherlands)
Renas Rechid, Philipps Univ. Hospital (Germany)
Renaat van den Broeck, Free Univ. Hospital Brussels (Belgium)
Berthold B. Wein, Univ. Hospital Aachen (Germany)
Albert Reinder Bakker, BAZIS (Netherlands)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2165:
Medical Imaging 1994: PACS: Design and Evaluation
R. Gilbert Jost M.D., Editor(s)

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