Radiology Information Systems

A radiology information system (RIS) is a software application used for managing medical image departments or imaging centers. A RIS is especially useful for managing radiological records and associated patient data in a multiple location enterprise. It is often used in conjunction with a picture archiving and communication system (PACS) to manage work flow and billing. RIS often bridges a facilities master information system (HIS/RIS/PMR) with the PACS.

RIS has several basic functions:

  • Patient management: A RIS can track a patient’s entire workflow within the radiology department; images and reports can be added to and retrieved from electronic medical records (EMRs) and viewed by authorized radiology staff. 
  • Document management: A RIS scan and import patient documentation and associate it at the patient or exam record.
  • Scheduling: Appointments can be made for both in- and out-patients with specific radiology staff.  
  • Patient tracking: A patient’s entire radiology history can be tracked from admission to discharge.  The history can be coordinated with past, present and future appointments. 
  • Business logic reporting: A RIS can generate statistical reports for a single patient, group of patients or particular procedure.
  • Results reporting: A RIS can provide full transcription and dictation workflow for the production of radiology interpretation reports and report distribution. 
  • Film tracking: A RIS can track individual films and their associate data.  
  • Mammograohy Tracking: Module that helps maintain records requiered for mammography such as Bi-Rads, Lay Letters, TP, FP, TN, FN, ect.
  • Billing: A RIS facilitates detailed financial record-keeping, electronic payments and automated claims submission.