Issue 35/2014

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Bartłomiej Drop

Wzrost poziomu efektywności zarządzania w pracowniach diagnostyki obrazowej przy wykorzystaniu radiologicznego systemu informatycznego (RIS) i systemu archiwizacyjnego (PACS)


The increase in management efficiency in laboratories of diagnostic imaging using Radiological Information System (RIS) and Picture Archiving and Communication System (PACS)

The efficiency and improvement of business (organisational) management are concepts that are closely related. Through the combination of these two elements, it is possible to obtain the highest efficiency of production and labour, improve processes within the organisation, and improve the quality of products and services, as well as achieve a better market position. In order to achieve these, various organisational and technological changes should be introduced.
The medical services sector is a rapidly growing sector of the economy. Technological advances and the use of modern equipment require the use of the tools by which it will be possible to improve the efficiency and the management of medical institutions.
The aim of this paper is to explain and discuss the implementation of modern information systems in diagnostic laboratories and to show the advantages of these systems in the operation of radiological laboratories. Moreover, we attempted to answer the question whether the introduction of IT systems influences the increase in the efficiency of management of diagnostic imaging departments.
The questionnaire survey was conducted among radiologists and X‐ray technicians in all the hospitals in Lublin that have implemented RIS and PACS. For the statistical analysis a total of 169 questionnaires were correctly completed 88 by radiologic technologists and 81 by radiologists. The questionnaires for both technicians and physicians comprised 17 open and closed questions and demographic data.
The tables and graphs below show the benefits to the effectiveness and improvement in management after the introduction of RIS and PACS. Results concerning the reduction of the time required for tests, patient registration, and searching for test documentation were the most important for the majority of physicians and technicians surveyed. An additional benefit was the smaller number of mistakes made during patient registration and description of tests in the X‐ray laboratory. The only statistically significant result from data analysis was that the number of errors made during patient registration and description of tests in the X‐ray laboratory was reduced.
Among the benefits of the introduction and use of IT systems in X‐ray laboratories, one can list making testing time, registration time, and time of searching for test documentation shorter, which was confirmed by statistical surveys. The undoubted benefit was also a smaller number of mistakes made during patient registration and description of tests in the X‐ray laboratory.

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