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Instar to introduce radiology information system at RSNA 2005

24 November 2005

Colorado Springs, USA. InStar Systems International has announced that it will introduce its next-generation radiology information system (RIS), RIS NET, at the Radiological Society of North America's annual congress at the end of the month.

RIS NET incorporates several state-of-the-art capabilities, including patient scheduling (drag and drop), registration, order entry, pending appointments tracking, outside read tracking, pre-authorization tracking, exam tracking, mammogram tracking, charge capture, billing, film tracking, transcription/report production, electronic signature, report distribution and management reporting.

It is built on the .Net/SQL platforms and allows freestanding outpatient facilities, imaging centres and enterprise hospital locations to manage patient records and exams while obtaining fast turnaround of reports. Official release date of RIS NET is December 15, 2005.

Additionally, a fully functional trial version of InStar's Practice Scheduler will be available during RSNA. Practice Scheduler is an off-the-shelf product easily installed via CD by an end-user. It incorporates advanced capabilities such as patient scheduling (drag and drop), registration, order entry, pending and cancelled appointments tracking, pre-authorization tracking and capture of preliminary billing information.

Small outpatient centres and practices seeking scheduling and electronic medical record (EMR) functionality along with those that cannot afford a full-featured RIS will be most interested in the intuitive scheduling interface and patient record management. Official release date of InStar's Practice Scheduler is November 27, 2005.

"At InStar, we are continually working to enhance our product offering. Our fully integrated, pioneering RIS helps automate the flow of information through radiology departments, imaging centres and enterprises by integrating best processes. These two products are no exception to our award-wining RIS (rated best overall RIS by KLAS). They will help providers increase scan volume, boost profitability, streamline workflow, foster efficiencies, dramatically improve turnaround times, enhance marketing capabilities and better position them to serve referring physicians," Wellbank explained.

RSNA 2005 will take place at McCormick Place in Chicago from November 27-December 2, 2005.

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