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An Assessment Of The Effect Of The Introduction Of A PACS And RIS On Clinical Decision Making And Patient Management At Princess Alexandra Hospital Brisbane, Australia: Final Report—December 2004
Published 2005 · Medicine
Abstract This communication is the final report of the Assessment Study of the introduction of RIS/PACS at Princess Alexandra Hospital (PAH), following an earlier interim report to CARS 2004. The Assessment Study examined the effect of the ready availability of radiology results on clinical decision making, and clinical communication between registrars and consultants. Aspects covering the effect of the RIS/PACS on variables such as the time taken to treat patients, Average Length of Stay (ALoS), Outpatient visits, and clinical teaching and research at PAH were examined. The introduction of RIS/PACS at PAH has been well received by senior clinicians and is considered to have had a positive impact on clinical decision making and patient management. It is important to recognize that the assessment outcomes in highly complex areas of medical activity may often be qualitative and rely on the subjective statements and opinions of senior clinicians rather than on quantitative movements in hospital activity statistics.