Clinical Benefits

Benefits to Clinicians and Patients

  • Clinicians have faster (real-time) access to images (since the processing of X-rays and manual distribution has been eliminated)
  • PACS is an advanced technology that aids physicians with features such as 3-D imaging
  • Clinicians can access patient images from anywhere, at any time
  • Where diagnostic images can be shared electronically, patients need to undergo unnecessary repeat procedures exposure to radiation is reduced
  • Patient wait times have been reduced
  • Consulting healthcare providers and specialists can view images simultaneously from different locations
  • Patients have access to a more accurate and timely diagnosis and faster treatment
  • Images may be manipulated, exposure corrected, reoriented, magnified and contrast adjusted. (In the past, with film, these adjustments could not be made and often resulted in retakes)
  • Workflow processes and clinical practices have been standardized
  • In some cases, patient travel time has been reduced
  • Physicians may access images at their offices
  • Clinician productivity has improved
  • Immediate diagnostic image availability and report sharing enables faster handling of emergency cases
  • Disease detection is more effective and faster
  • Continuity and comprehensiveness of patient care is enhanced
  • Medical errors are reduced

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30% of Ontario’s population is being served by HDIRS.