The integration of medical images with the electronic patient record and their web-based distribution

Acad Radiol. 2004 Jun;11(6):661-8. doi: 10.1016/j.acra.2004.03.047.


Medical images are currently created digitally and stored in the radiology department's picture archiving and communication system. Reports are usually stored in the electronic patient record of other information systems, such as the radiology information system (RIS) and the hospital information system (HIS). But high-quality services can only be provided if electronic patient record data is integrated with digital images in picture archiving and communication systems. Clinicians should be able to access both systems' data in an integrated and consistent way as part of their regular working environment, whether HIS or RIS. Also, this system should allow for teleconferencing with other users, eg, for consultation with a specialist in the radiology department. This article describes a web-based solution that integrates the digital images of picture archiving and communication systems with electronic patient record/HIS/RIS data and has built-in teleconferencing functionality. This integration has been successfully tested using three different commercial RIS and HIS products.

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Internet*
  • Medical Records Systems, Computerized*
  • Radiology Information Systems*
  • Systems Integration*
  • Telecommunications