The Future of the radiology information system

John W. Nance, Christopher Meenan, Paul G. Nagy

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OBJECTIVE. Today in the hospital setting, several functions of the radiology information system (RIS), including order entry, patient registration, report repository, and the physician directory, have moved to enterprise electronic medical records. Some observers might conclude that the RIS is going away. In this article, we contend that because of the maturity of the RIS market compared with other areas of the health care enterprise, radiology has a unique opportunity to innovate. CONCLUSION. While most of the hospital enterprise spends the next several years going through the digital transformation converting from paper to a digital format, radiology can leap ahead in its use of analytics and information technology. This article presents a summary of new RIS functions still maturing and open to innovation in the RIS market.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1064-1070
Number of pages7
JournalAmerican Journal of Roentgenology
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 2013


  • Clinical informatics
  • Imaging informatics
  • Informatics
  • Innovation
  • Radiology informatics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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