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1 May 1996 Impact and utilization studies of a PACS display station in an ICU setting
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An assessment of changes in health-care professional behavior as a result of the introduction of a PACS (picture archiving and communication system) display station to an adult medical- surgical intensive care unit (ICU) is investigated via pre- and post-PACs evaluations. ICU display station utilization and the impact on clinical operations are also examined. Parameters measured both pre- and post-PACS ICU display station placement include the number of films per patient day, the number of clinician reviews of a patient's images per day and the percentage of images on which the unit interacts with a radiologist. The elapsed times from the time of exposure to the time of: review by the referring physician, radiologist-unit interaction and clinical action based on image information are also measured. The results of this investigation suggest that the introduction of a PaCS display station in the ICU may reduce the number of exams per patient day, decrease the elapsed time from the time of exposure to the time of review by the unit clinician, and improve the time to clinical action. Note, however, that it does not appear to change the percentage of total images on which the unit interacts with a radiologist.
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Katherine P. Andriole, Maria Luigia Storto, Gordon Gamsu, and H. K. Huang "Impact and utilization studies of a PACS display station in an ICU setting", Proc. SPIE 2711, Medical Imaging 1996: PACS Design and Evaluation: Engineering and Clinical Issues, (1 May 1996); https://doi.org/10.1117/12.239260
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