When comparing radiology information systems, there are several critical factors to consider before making a purchase. First, the system needs to be compatible with whatever information sharing technology is being used by the local medical center and associated doctors. Second, the system needs to include all the functions that the radiology practice needs in one software solution. Third, it must be easy to use including free upgrades and technical assistance.
One of the key benefits of radiology information systems is the ability to provide test results including images electronically. Regardless of how wonderful a software package is, if it is not able to share picture archiving data and test results with the local medical center and associated doctors, the system will not provide sufficient return on investment to warrant the purchase price. That makes this the most important factor to consider when reviewing possible solutions.
The best radiology information systems incorporate all aspects of a radiological practice, so they are a turnkey solution. This includes patient scheduling, patient record management, data storage and billing. Finally the system must be easy for the staff to learn and to use. Sufficient training needs to be budgeted during the implementation stage to get the staff up to speed and upgrades should be included in the overall purchase price. If the software package you are considering meets all of these requirements, then you may be ready to close the deal.