Storage Definitions

  • L

    laboratory information system

    A laboratory information system (LIS) is software that collects, stores and produces reports from medical test data.

  • M

    medical transcription (MT)

    Medical transcription (MT)  is the manual processing of voice reports dictated by physicians and other healthcare professionals into text format. 

  • P

    PACS (picture archiving and communication system)

    PACS, or picture archiving and communication system, is a medical imaging technology used for storing, retrieving, presenting and sharing images produced by various medical hardware modalities, such as X-ray, CT scan, MRI and ultrasound machines.

  • problem list

    A problem list is a document that catalogs a patient's health problems, including nontransitive illnesses, injuries and anything else that has or is affecting the patient.

  • R

    Radiology Information System (RIS)

    A RIS is the traditional core software system for electronically managing medical images, scheduling and billing in hospital radiology departments and physician practices.

  • V

    vendor neutral archive (VNA)

    Vendor neutral archive (VNA), in a health information technology context, is a medical imaging technology used by healthcare professionals that stores images in a standard format and interface, making medical imaging data accessible through different picture archiving and communication systems (PACS).

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