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12 May 1995 RIS/HIS and PACS interfaces: evaluating the use of standards
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This study extends the survey performed in 1992 by Levine et al., on available standards of data communication and interfacing in the RIS and PACS industry. We sought more detailed knowledge about such interfaces and contacted a greater number of RIS/HIS and PACS vendors. We also wanted to determine if interfaces had changed in the two years since the previous study and in what direction the industry is moving. Sixty vendors of RIS, HIS and PACS were surveyed. We included questions about communications protocols, data format, data integrity checks, etc., and reasons for the vendors' choices. Of responding RIS/HIS vendors, 26% supported ACR-NEMA 2.0 and 21% supported DICOM, compared to none in the previous survey. Support for the HL-7 standard has also grown, from 58% in 1992 to 80% of vendors in 1994. All of the surveyed PACS vendors supported ACR-NEMA 2.0 or DICOM and 50% supported HL-7. The reasons most often cited for supporting certain options were widespread use and robustness, with ease of implementation and cost-effectiveness following closely behind. We found that vendors now offer many more options for interfacing their systems to other systems than two years ago. Also, more vendors are supporting such industry standards as HL-7 and ACR-NEMA/DICOM.
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Marion C. Meissner, Betty A. Levine, and Seong Ki Mun "RIS/HIS and PACS interfaces: evaluating the use of standards", Proc. SPIE 2435, Medical Imaging 1995: PACS Design and Evaluation: Engineering and Clinical Issues, (12 May 1995);

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