While there are a myriad of PACS products on the American imaging informatics market today, a few specific niche applications are advancing forming new growth areas, according to market analysis from Frost & Sullivan. The consulting firm notes that enterprise medical image viewers products are consolidating their place as a core component in the medical imaging informatics ecosystem.

“U.S. enterprise viewer vendors must extend their product positioning beyond the niche, point-to-point function of clinical image review to address new, broader use cases,” said Frost & Sullivan Advanced Medical Technologies Principal Analyst and imaging expert Nadim Michel Daher. “Primary study interpretation, imaging specialist collaboration, consolidated specialty image viewers and even patient access to images are some use cases still largely underserved in the market today.”

According to the analysis, the adoption of new enterprise viewers will increase at both ends of the customer spectrum — ranging from large multi-site facilities looking for a full-fledged virtual reading environment to individual hospitals looking to better serve their referring physicians; however, demand will remain highest in the mid-size segments.

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