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Conference coverage: RSNA 2013 annual radiology meeting

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PACS integration: Consider all departments' needs in planning phase

PACS integration poses enterprise-sized IT challenges, but is manageable with right planning, said UPMC Radiology Chief Rasu Shrestha, M.D.

Rasu Shrestha, M.D.Rasu Shrestha, M.D.

Many healthcare providers struggle with bringing their picture-archiving and communications systems (PACS) together under one interoperable viewing system for radiologists -- especially when multiple systems stretch across multiple buildings, or even campuses.

Maintaining a PACS integration of 20 hospitals and 30 radiology centers across Pennsylvania is the mission of Rasu Shrestha, M.D., medical director for interoperability and imaging informatics at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Shrestha,​ who also serves as the informatics chief for the radiology division, in this podcast shared his advice for IT leaders embarking on their own PACS projects. He said best practices begin in the planning stages, when enterprises are assessing the needs of the whole enterprise, from the C-suite down to the technicians who bring images into each PACS.

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This was first published in December 2013

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