From a cost perspective, it is very inefficient to buy, implement, deploy, integrate and support multiple imaging systems across multiple departments. Whether the disparate imaging systems have ‘grown up’ in the hospital, or have been ‘inherited’ from mergers or acquisitions of other facilities, their basic purpose is the same: to acquire, store and display images.
Keep in mind that the money and time you spend on managing and updating these siloed systems, as well as on duplicated storage, could be put to other investments with a higher value to patients and other stakeholders.
The difficulty of connecting and integrating each and every system can also drive up costs and effort and results in complex integration messaging. In addition, Enterprise Imaging can also close existing gaps related to some imaging studies (ie mobile point of care devices) not being stored, or billed for, at all.