The Louisiana State University (LSU) Health System in the US state of Illinois will implement a new integrated radiology, diagnostic and picture archiving system aimed at saving money and improving patient care.

GE Healthcare’s radiology information system (RIS), diagnostic reporting system and picture archiving and communication system (PACS) will create a filmless and paperless central database and radiology image repository to share patient data.

LSU’s ten public hospitals and over 500 clinics across the state will be able to access patients’ scans regardless of where they were taken, improving diagnosis and treatment.

The system will also enable radiologists at LSU’s referral centres to support patient care at smaller hospitals, LSU officials said.

Implementation of the RIS and PACS systems will help LSU deploy a state-wide electronic health record system and supplement LSU’s Health Information Exchange, expected to be live within three months.