Based on a report titled “Advanced Visualization 2013: How Advanced Is It?” conducted by the market research firm KLAS, it was revealed that two-thirds of surveyed providers would consider using their advanced visualization system as their main reading environment as a means of uniting vendors.
Based on the report’s executive summary, this urge to unify would appear to benefit advanced visualization system vendors like Siemens, GE and Philips who are also modality suppliers. Providers who did not wish to use the software as a reading environment pointed out that advanced visualization systems don’t offer the same functionality as the PACS workflow they currently use.
The report also revealed that cardiac, vascular, and neurology are the most important fields for the application of advanced visualization software in the views of most of the providers.
Analyzing the various vendors, Vital ranked as one of the top two vendors in all three of the most vital fields, whereas other vendors had more erratic results. For instance Philips ranked No. 1 in neurology and rated highly in cardiac imaging, but came in fifth for vascular imaging. TeraRecon was one of the leaders in the vascular field, but dragged behind in cardiac and neurology.
“Providers also indicated that high functionality and a positive purchasing experience don’t necessarily go hand-in-hand. Despite scoring top marks for functionality in all but one area, Vital was fourth out of five for sales experience,” according to KLAS.
GE and Philips were recognized as the top vendors with the most user-friendly advanced visualization systems.