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Image and Patient Management Tools


What is a PACS?

A PACS (Picture Archiving Communication System) is a medical imaging technology that provides storage and access to digital images acquired by imaging modalities. It transmits digital images and reports electronically, which eliminates the need to manually file, retrieve, and transport film jackets.


What is a RIS?

A RIS (Radiology Information System) is software used to store, manipulate and distribute patient radiological data. A RIS may be integrated with a PACS or be provided as an option in a single-platform database solution; the later creating a seamless connection between the RIS and PACS for ease-of-use and complete workflow management.


What is Teleradiology?

Teleradiology is the practice of transmitting patient images from one location to another for the purpose of interpretation and/or consultation. Teleradiology is commonly used by radiology groups and in rural areas where access to radiology specialists is limited.


What is Cloud Computing?

Cloud computing is the delivery of computing as a service rather than a product. Resources such as hardware, software, and data provided over a network, such as the internet. Cloud-based products improve redundancy, maximize security, and provide accessibility to remote imaging facilities.

Industry Standards Terminology


What is HIPAA?

HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996) is a law that protects health insurance coverage for workers and their families, establishes national standards for electronic healthcare transactions, and provides federal protection for personal health information held by covered entities and gives rights to patients with respect to that information.


What is PIPEDA?

PIPEDA (Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act) is a Canadian law that governs how organizations can collect, use, and disclose personal information. This law was set in place to protect people’s privacy.


What is DICOM?

DICOM (Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine) is the global information technology standard for handling, storing, printing, and transmitting information in medical imaging. DICOM enables the integration of modalities, servers, printers, and network hardware from multiple manufacturers into picture archiving and communication systems (PACS).


What is HL7?

HL7 (Health Level Seven International) is an ANSI-accredited standards developing organization that produces standards for interoperability to improve healthcare, optimize workflows, increase transparency, and improve knowledge transfer for healthcare providers, government agencies, vendors, SDOs, and patients.


What are IHE Profiles?

IHE Profiles provide a common language for purchasers and vendors to discuss the integration needs of healthcare sites and the integration capabilities of healthcare IT products.

Billing Terminology (USA & Canada)


What is CPT?

CPT (Current Procedural Terminology) is a medical code set designed to communicate uniform information about medical services and procedures among physicians, coders, patients, accreditation organizations, and payers for administrative, financial, and analytical purposes.


What is OHIP?

OHIP (Ontario Health Insurance Plan) is a plan provided to Ontario residents, which entitles them to healthcare services. The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care pays for a wide range of services, except those that are not medically necessary, such as cosmetic surgery.


What is ICD?

ICD is the International Classification of Diseases, including the classification of a wide variety of signs, symptoms, abnormal findings, complaints, social circumstances, and external causes of injury or disease through a set of codes. This system is designed to promote international comparability in the collection, processing, classification, and presentation of these statistics.