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16 May 2002 Impact of PACS in hospital management
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Since the low-cost, NT-based, full PACS was successfully implemented in a large-scale hospital at the end of 1999, many hospital administrators have rushed to purchase the system competitively. It is now a worldwide trend to implement the technology, but Korea has several unique environments for the fast spread of the full PACS. Since hospitals in Korea operate inpatient and outpatient clinics in the same building and use identical OCS, full integration of PACS with the OCS was relatively easy and highly efficient. The simple governing structures of the hospitals also made the decision-making process short and effective. In addition, the national health insurance reimbursement policy that started pay in the beginning of 2000 has also played a catalytic role for the swift propagation of PACS. The recent appearance of the affordable PACS gave hospital administrators the opportunity to learn and understand the role of digital imaging in the areas that are directly related to the efficiency and quality of medical services, as well as cost containment. Furthermore, PACS provided them with windows to the 'all-digital hospital,' which will lead them to realign policies in the management of the hospitals in order to compete successfully in the fast-changing world of health care.
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Gham Hur, Soon-Joo Cha, Yong Han Kim, Yoon J. Hwang, and Soo Y. Kim "Impact of PACS in hospital management", Proc. SPIE 4685, Medical Imaging 2002: PACS and Integrated Medical Information Systems: Design and Evaluation, (16 May 2002);

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