Definition

Radiology Information System (RIS)

A radiology information system (RIS) is a networked software suite for managing medical imagery and associated data. An RIS is especially useful for managing radiological records and associated data in a multiple locations and is often used in conjunction with a picture archiving and communication system (PACS) to manage work flow and billing.

An RIS has several basic functions:

Patient management
An RIS can track a patient’s entire workflow within the radiology department; images and reports can be added to and retrieved from electronic medical records (EMRs) and viewed by authorized radiology staff. 

Scheduling 
Appointments can be made for both in- and out-patients with specific radiology staff.  

Patient tracking
A patient’s entire radiology history can be tracked from admission to discharge.  The history can be coordinated with past, present and future appointments. 

Results reporting
An RIS can generate statistical reports for a single patient, group of patients or particular procedure. 

Film tracking 
An RIS can track individual films and their associate data.  

Billing
An RIS facilitates detailed financial record-keeping, electronic payments and automated claims submission.

Learn more about radiological information systems:

A member of HealthIT Exchange explains how an RIS and PAC work together.

Providers are increasingly integrating radiology information with other clinical data analytics tools.

FAQ: How PACS technology affects health IT.

A case study in imaging storage and security.

This was last updated in July 2010
Posted by: Margaret Rouse

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