It just became easier for smaller facilities, such as those in rural areas, to gain access to PACS. PACS help radiologists and clinicians organize images and data into actionable clinical insights, but expensive upfront costs can be a barrier to many facilities that would otherwise benefit from having such a system. But now, Royal Philips Electronics will work with Nuvodia, a wholly owned subsidiary of Inland Imaging Investments Inc, to bring Philips picture archiving and communication systems (PACS) to more hospitals, medical practices, and imaging facilities across the country.

”Working with Nuvodia, we plan to help simplify this process by offering this leading-edge technology to rural hospitals, smaller institutions, imaging centers, orthopedic centers, and oncology practices that may lack the resources to purchase and maintain a dynamic PACS,” says Matt Long, VP, clinical informatics, for Philips Healthcare. “Through Nuvodia, customers will be able to purchase Philips IntelliSpace PACS on a fee-per-study basis eliminating expensive upfront costs, complete with all the necessary hardware and software, and full-service maintenance.”

Philips IntelliSpace PACS includes an interoperable, open Application Programming Interface (API) that allows for application customization and interfacing with a hospital’s IT solutions. Through the collaboration, Nuvodia’s eRadiology secure cloud will host and maintain the system database, and customers will have onsite image storage with full access to all of its features through unlimited Web-deployable enterprise and diagnostic workstations. Optionally through InteliSpace PACS, customers will also be able to utilize Nuvodia’s eRadiology program, a service in which physicians can digitally send images to medical specialists for rapid consultations.