AXREM has a Specialist Focus Group (SFG) that supports and represents members of the healthcare IT supplier industry who provide most of the diagnostic medical imaging IT installed in UK hospitals. Our member companies and their employees work side by side with Consultant Radiologists, Radiographers and Clinicians to enable them to deliver advanced healthcare to patients. AXREM endeavours to promote best practice based on the knowledge and experience of the industry providers
The SFG members have unique knowledge, experience and insight into the workflow and challenges faced by healthcare professionals on a day-to-day basis, which enables them to develop and offer innovative solutions to improve the speed and quality of diagnostic procedures and treatments with the ultimate aim of improving patient care.
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Members of the SFG represent companies that provide Radiology Information Systems (RIS), Picture Archiving Communication Systems (PACS), Vendor Neutral Archive (VNA) and other related medical IT solutions.
A RIS is a networked software system for managing diagnostic imaging workflow from patient registration to production and distribution of clinical reports. A RIS consolidates radiology imaging information for record keeping and billing and is connected to a number of systems including scanners and PACS and VNAs to manage image archives.
A PACS allows a healthcare organisation to capture, store, view and share all types of images internally and externally. It enables diagnostic medical images to be stored electronically and viewed on computer screens, helping to optimise the diagnosis process. PACS also includes advanced visualisation and quantification tools to support fast clinical diagnosis.
A VNA in a health information technology context, is an enterprise data management technology used by healthcare professionals that stores images, videos and documents in a standard format, making patient data accessible through different clinical viewers. VNA allow users to consolidate, standardise and archive data from different clinical systems into a single, easily accessible and interoperable repository. VNAs are used to reduce silos of storage dedicated to individual clinical systems and facilitate cross-document sharing and exchange.