Analyses of Budget Impact Considering the Use of the Picture Archiving and Communication System



To analyze the budget impact of using the picture archiving and communication system (PACS) in comparison to the screen/film system.


The budget impact analysis was conducted on the basis of registry data from the Clinics Hospital of the Faculty of Medicine, University of São Paulo, Ribeirão Preto, Brazil. The budget impacts were compared between the PACS, with high- and low-cost PACS architectures, and the screen/film system by considering reference and alternative scenarios over the course of 5 years.


The budget impact associated with the use of PACS was lower than that associated with the use of the screen/film system in all the evaluated scenarios. The low-cost PACS architecture (mini-PACS) had an even lower budget impact, especially in the scenario in which a simulation of lower numbers of medical examinations was performed.


The screen/film system had a high budget impact in all the scenarios evaluated, wherein its costs were higher than the available budget. In contrast, the PACS (high- and low-cost architectures) showed a budget impact that allowed for savings in resources, especially the mini-PACS. Therefore, we recommend the implementation and use of the PACS in health services with any volume of examinations performed.


Altacílio Aparecido Nunes Luane Marques de Mello Eduardo Barbosa Coelho Juliana Pereira de Souza Edson Zangiacomi Martinez Lauro Wichert Ana Maria Eulália do Valle Lessa Dallora Antonio Pazin Filho Paulo Mazzoncini de Azevedo Marques

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