Over the past five years, hospitals and health systems have invested millions of dollars to implement electronic health records (EHR). Today 8 of 10 physicians have an EHR, but much of how they use them has been focused on meeting federal requirements for meaningful use. To give EHRs the clinical value and actual usefulness that providers expect, they need to be much more than data entry tools. For clinical use, physicians need EHRs that provide a full patient profile complete with images, medications, lab results and more.
Since 2002, when a Minnesota-based Acuo Technologies released the first vendor-neutral archive (VNA), PACS has been on a slow march to “deconstruction.” Deconstructed PACS include the same components of legacy, proprietary PACS -- an archive, a viewer and a worklist/workflow engine -- but each component exists as a separate, standards-based application that provides its core function with a high level of competency.