Saturday, March 24, 2012

Publication: A Situational Aligment Framework for PACS

Last year we published this paper in Journal of Digital Imaging on the situational alignment framework for PACS. Using this framework, it is possible to determine the maturity level of a PACS implementation and to evaluate the current status of this implementation.

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A situational alignment framework for PACS.
van de Wetering R, Batenburg R, Oudkerk M, van Ooijen P, Brinkkemper S, Scheper W.
J Digit Imaging. 2011 Dec;24(6):979-92.

This paper reports the outcomes of a study on an integrated situational alignment framework for picture archiving and communication systems (PACS) labeled as PISA. Following the design research cycle, complementary validation methods and pilot cases were used to assess the proposed framework and its operationalized survey. In this paper, the authors outline (a) the process of the framework' development, (b) the validation process with its underlying iterative steps, (c) the outcomes of pilot cases, and (d) improvement opportunities to refine and further validate the PISA framework. Results of this study support empirical application of the framework to hospital enterprises in order to gain insights into their PACS maturity and alignment. We argue that the framework can be applied as a valuable tool for assessments, monitoring and benchmarking purposes and strategic PACS planning.

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