Top 13 PACS by number of installs 

PACS has been a crucial component of radiology for more than 30 years, as healthcare providers use it to securely store and transmit medical reports and images. By making this critical information easily sharable across a multitude of devices and computers, PACS helps physicians and radiologists diagnose and treat patients more efficiently and with fewer errors.  

According to the data in the Definitive Healthcare platform, the top PACS by the number of installs are:  

Top 13 PACS by number of installs 

Fig. 1Data is from Definitive Healthcare’s Hospitals & IDN database. Data accessed March 2022.  

What is the top PACS by number of installs? 

The top PACS product by number of installs is GE Healthcare – Centricity, which had 1,187 installs, nearly 20% market share and just over 16% market penetration. Coming in second is Change Healthcare – Radiology Solutions, with 835 installs, almost 14% market share and over 11% market penetration.  

The doughnut chart shows that the top three PACS products by market share, GE Healthcare – Centricity, Change Healthcare – Radiology Solutions and FUJIFILM Medical Systems – Synapse, collectively account for over 50% of PACS market share.  

Throughout the list, you can see products from many leading tech and IT leaders, including IBM, Cerner Corporation and GE Healthcare. The presence of these companies is no surprise since each is a top global IT supplier to healthcare providers and payors.  

What is PACS? 

PACS is an acronym for picture archiving and communication system. It is a medical image storage technology and a communication system of reports and images that lets healthcare organizations upload and transfer images on a secure network connected to a database.  

Importantly, PACS eliminate the manual part of filing, storing, retrieving and transferring reports and images. PACS also accommodate the growth of digital medical images volume and their analytics. 

Additionally, PACS provide radiologists with support for imaging modalities, like X-ray, CT, MRI and ultrasound, and improve image organization, image visualization and financial savings.  

PACS can also operate with radiology information systems (RIS). 

Who uses PACS most? 

Although PACS is most common in radiology, providers in other fields of medicine, like cardiology, ophthalmology and dermatology, have begun adopting the technology. Providers often utilize PACS in clinics, research settings and hospitals.  

How do I access PACS?  

Access to PACS software will likely depend on the organization, but typically users utilize desktop, web and mobile applications. 

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