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A Completely Customizable PACS System

Novarad’s PACS System

NovaPACS has been built from the ground up by radiologists for radiologist. Now, with over 20 years of imaging experience and 850 installations in more than 15 countries, our solution has been crafted to meet the various needs of imaging professionals worldwide. Built as a completely scalable solution, NovaPACS can be used in imaging centers, or in a hospital environment as a part of a complete enterprise imaging strategy. Our feature-rich PACS system is completely customizable. This allows optimization of each user’s profile based on the unique needs and demands of radiologists, improving both speed and efficiency. The new NovaPACS user interface can display reports, priors and patient histories right alongside the most current image studies.

 

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Easy to Use, Easy to Access

“With NovaPACS, patient studies can be viewed from any computer at any of our facilities or from a referring physician’s office. NovaPACS also allows the radiologists to read studies performed at any of our facilities, from any of our facilities, making radiology workflow much more efficient and greatly reducing turnaround time for report dictation. NovaPACS is radiology workflow, improved.”
-Susan Huber, PACS Administrator

Benefits of NovaPACS

Customizable

In the past year, Novarad engineers have added over 100 customer-requested features to our product. We have built our product on the belief that the product should fit the workflow, not the workflow to fit the product.

Disaster Recovery

Novarad was the first company to develop an archiving system that includes two copies of all images for seven years, both onsite and online with a secure, real-time copy to the cloud.

NovaRIS Integration

The seamless integration between NovaRIS and NovaPACS helps to improve overall efficiency throughout the enterprise.

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Product Improvement

We are constantly improving our product to reflect both the latest technology and the demands of the patients. Last year we spent 74,000 hours adding more than 100 customer requested features. For example, the newly developed Radius™ Menu puts hundreds of powerful and unique features just a mouse click away, helping you breeze through studies.

Evergreen Product Program

We insist on providing our customers with the most up to date technology. Our Evergreen product program provides you with upgrades, feature enhancements, and the newest software and hardware at no additional cost to you for the life of your contract.

Support

We know your time is valuable. That’s why over 99% of our support requests are addressed within five minutes of calling Novarad. We also allow you to open cases via phone, email, web or social media. 24/7/365 tech support is standard for the life of the contract.

Work the Way You Want to Work

A radiologist’s workflow can be as unique as they are. At Novarad, we have developed our software with millions of possible workflow combinations to cater to even the most unique of workflows. With role-based feature sets and preferences, each user at your facility has easy access to the tools they need to keep your department moving. In addition to this, NovaPACS features a feature-rich, completely web-based viewer with reading, dictating and reporting tools.

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Industry FAQ

What is PACS?

Picture Archiving and Communication Systems (PACS), which are used to replace x-ray film with digital images, are a major boon to the practice of radiology. As any radiologist can attest, when images are not readily available to referring physicians, it is inevitable that decision-making with regard to patient care will be delayed. A robust PACS system can resolve the most critical problems associated with film, particularly the fact that film is only available in one place at a time.

Once equipped with a PACS system, individual medical facilities and networks of facilities within a medical enterprise can not only view images from various workstations within the network, they can also view images and the associated reports at the same time. However, not all PACS are created equal. Visualization, reporting, data management, scalability, and user interface customization must all be accounted for to create a balanced, user-friendly experience. Novarad’s NovaPACS accomplished just that.

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What does PACS consist of?

 As a rule, each radiology PACS has four main parts:

  • An imaging system or set of imaging systems, such as an x-ray machine or a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) device, where the medical images are created
  • An archival system, which stores the images, as well as associated documents
  • The radiology module which includes workflow, collaboration, diagnostic report manager, and radiologist viewers
  • A network that allows each patient’s information and images to be shared among providers and caregivers

Often, in addition to a radiology PACS, a clinic or hospital will also deploy a radiology information system, or RIS. While the PACS is more geared toward image storage and sharing, the RIS will help the medical workers to schedule patients’ radiology appointments and record their medical history.

Where did PACS come from?

When x-rays and x-ray technology were discovered by Wilhelm Rontgen in 1895, medical professionals realized that there was a lot of information to be gleaned from a look inside their patients’ bodies. Over time, the field of medical imaging grew, and new imaging techniques such as angiograms, ultrasounds, MRIs, and more were discovered and developed. Until the 1970’s, all of these images were produced on physical film, which the doctor then viewed before making a diagnosis. When digital imaging was developed in the 1960’s and 1970’s, though, everything changed.

Over time, medical diagnostic imaging has transitioned from having physical copies to being stored in a digital format, simplifying storage and access. As more and more diagnostic images were converted to digital, huge amounts of physical storage space were suddenly no longer necessary to keep patient images available for reference. Rather than keeping individual scans and images, it was now possible to keep digital storage media.

The next step forward in digital medical imaging came when these systems became widely available. Rather than medical professionals having to dig through boxes or shelves filled with digital media and pull it up on a workstation, PACS allowed them to simply pull up a patient’s images, both past and present, directly onto a workstation via the network. This not only made storage even more efficient, it simplified the task of comparing each patient’s current scans with previous images, allowing healthcare workers to track changes in the patient’s health more efficiently and accurately.

One concern to keep in mind in regards to PACS is its ability to communicate with the other electronic systems with which it will need to integrate. In an environment such as a hospital, there are often several different PACS systems, each focusing on a different department. Because these different systems often grow separately from each other, it’s not necessarily a given that they will be able to communicate. This significantly complicates the process of accessing and analyzing each patient’s health, as the information needs to be gathered from several different locations. In a situation like this, healthcare providers might decide to implement a vendor neutral archive (VNA), which essentially provides an archiving platform with which all of the other PACS systems can communicate, consolidating all of their data into a single, central location.

What are the key benefits of NovaPACS?

NovaPACS was built for speed and efficiency. Architected by a practicing radiologist, our technology allows you to quickly navigate studies with a completely mouse-driven viewer.

As medical imaging expanded from film to the standard PACS, Novarad pioneered the technology and business model to expand the cost-saving benefits gained through switching from film to digital radiology storage to all facilities. As the industry transitions from using PACS as the main storage archive to the more centralized, vendor neutral storage archive, Novarad continues to focus on continually improving radiology workflows. As the market is shifting to value-based care, Novarad is committed to creating a PACS that enables radiology administrators and radiologists to work quickly and efficiently, leading to higher quality healthcare and healthier patients.

NovaPACS, when coupled with MARZ VNA, a leading vendor neutral archive solution, will help facilities to keep images and patient data grouped and sorted in a patient-centric manner. It then acts as a workflow module, retrieving and displaying archived studies in a robust PACS viewer while allowing clinicians across the continuum of care to access and display DICOM and non-DICOM patient information in a patient-centric view. This allows clinicians to use several different criteria, such as date, encounter, patient date of birth, or patient name, in order to find the correct study.

As technological advances drive the healthcare industry forward, a diagnostic PACS system will remain at the forefront of the radiology workflow. Novarad is committed to developing technology that addresses the needs of both healthcare providers and administrators.

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Looking for more information on a particular product or would you like to discuss how Novarad can improve your current imaging solution? We look forward to speaking with you. Please fill out the form or call 877-668-2723 to speak with an Enterprise Imaging Strategist.

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