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by Dan Bowman
Despite the emergence of picture archiving and communications systems (PACS) and electronic medical records (EMRs), radiology information systems (RIS) still hold relevance in the current medical imaging industry. The role of such data and workflow management systems continues to evolve, according to Kevin McEnery, director of innovation in imaging informatics at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.
"There's always going to be a workflow system for radiologists to process exams and get the orders," McEnery (pictured), who published an article in the American College of Radiology's 2013 IT reference guide on the use of RIS and EMRs, tells FierceMedicalImaging. "But now, the RIS has to play in a sandbox with other tools. The more it can be effective in that sandbox, the more it can evolve and thrive."
In an interview with FierceMedicalImaging, McEnery discusses potential new avenues for RIS functionality, the importance of technologist and nurse feedback on the design of such systems and the impact EMRs are having on RIS growth and deployment.
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