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RXNT’s cloud-based, ONC-certified medical software—Billing, Practice Management, EHR, and more—improves clinical outcomes & revenue cycle management. Simple, transparent pricing includes free setup and training, free data transfer...Read more about RXNT

4.3 (390 reviews)

325 recommendations

AdvancedMD EHR

AdvancedMD is a unified suite of software solutions designed for mental health, physical therapy and medical healthcare organizations and independent physician practices. Features include practice management, electronic health rec...Read more about AdvancedMD EHR

3.6 (436 reviews)

176 recommendations


PatientNow provides comprehensive EMR, practice management, and before & after photo management software in the elective medical industry. Streamline practice operations, improve efficiency, and drive revenue with one vendor partn...Read more about PatientNow

4.0 (194 reviews)

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NextGen Enterprise

NextGen Healthcare provides scalable, integrated solutions and professional services to help your practice administer excellent care and operate your business more efficiently. We serve medium to large enterprise-level ambulatory ...Read more about NextGen Enterprise

5.0 (1 reviews)

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Established in 2008, WebPT is the nation’s most trusted outpatient rehab therapy software platform in the country, helping more than 150,000 rehab therapy professionals from all practice sizes and specialties run successful and ef...Read more about WebPT

4.3 (457 reviews)

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Compulink Healthcare Solutions

Compulink Advantage is an all-in-one database EHR solution for specialty practices such as optometry, ophthalmology, orthopaedics, ENT, mental health, podiatry, and more. Available cloud-based or server, Advantage includes smart f...Read more about Compulink Healthcare Solutions

4.0 (282 reviews)

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CharmHealth is a MU certified, cloud-based EHR, Practice Management and Medical Billing solution that helps healthcare organizations ranging from large multi-specialty groups to small independent medical offices function efficient...Read more about CharmHealth

4.3 (123 reviews)

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AbbaDox is healthcare software provider specializing in radiology workflow solutions. OUR MISSION: Help imaging centers optimize their operations throughout the entire patient journey; 1. Referral: Gain the visibility you need t...Read more about AbbaDox

4.8 (11 reviews)

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Acuity Scheduling

Squarespace Scheduling is a cloud-based appointment scheduling software solution that enables business owners to manage their appointments online. The product caters to the needs of small and midsize businesses as well as individu...Read more about Acuity Scheduling

Curve Dental

Founded in 2004, Curve Dental provides cloud-based practice management software to over 50,000 dental professionals in the United States and Canada. Dental offices use Curve Hero to schedule, invoice, manage recall, manage insuran...Read more about Curve Dental


Denticon Practice Management software allows over 45,000 users to break free from the constraints of desktop software with a comprehensive cloud-based solution that includes all the tools needed to standardize, centralize, and gro...Read more about Denticon

Dicom Systems Unifier Platform

Dicom Systems Unifier Platform is a radiology software designed to help businesses in the healthcare sector send, receive and modify patient-related data such as medical images and diagnostic reports. The platform enables managers...Read more about Dicom Systems Unifier Platform


ProtonPACS is a picture archiving and communication solution that helps medical facilities manage image access, storage and distribution, optimizing workflow across the organization. It includes front and back end patient manageme...Read more about ProtonPACS


Doctoranytime is an appointment scheduling and management tool that facilitates interactions between healthcare professionals and patients along the medical journey. It helps patients find the most appropriate doctor or medical ce...Read more about doctoranytime


MedicsRIS is a powerful financial management clinical system for diagnostic and interventional radiology that keeps revenue flowing and patients and referrers connected. Orders-In from any referrer’s EHR and Reports-Out to the ref...Read more about MedicsRIS

Mercury Medical

Mercury Medical, by CrisSoft, is a practice management solution suitable for a variety of specialties and practices offered on SaaS or On-Site. Mercury Medical enables users to customize the solution with the table-driven int...Read more about Mercury Medical

Nova RIS

Nova RIS is a windows-based radiology information system (RIS) that assists businesses with patient scheduling, 3D image manipulation, forms management, mobile diagnostic viewing and report sharing. It includes a web image viewer,...Read more about Nova RIS

ARIA Clinical Solutions

ARIA is an ONC-ATCB certified electronic health record (EHR) and information system catering to oncology practices. The solution enables practitioners to create treatment plans, track number of doses given, and draft prescriptions...Read more about ARIA Clinical Solutions

3.5 (8 reviews)


With RT Medical Systems' PACS, users will be able to view images on the go, using their tablets or smartphones. This means they can access their patients' information anywhere, anytime, improving the overall efficiency of your wor...Read more about RT PACS

5.0 (7 reviews)

Q/ris 3000 Workflow

The most powerfully configurable, free-standing Radiology Workflow in the industry. Full RIS functionality, radiology dictation with reporting, plus over 50+ proprietary automation tools for helping your team reduce burnout, save...Read more about Q/ris 3000 Workflow

4.8 (6 reviews)

Buyers Guide

Last Updated: March 16, 2023

Radiology Software Overview

Radiology information systems (referred to as “RIS” by most users and vendors) have been around since the 1980s and have been tailored to meet the needs of both small and large organizations. The RIS market has become flooded with vendors since then, resulting in a fragmented market that most buyers find confusing to navigate. We’ve written this guide to give buyers a lay of the land to start their research and comparisons.

Here’s what we’ll cover:

What Is RIS?

Common Features of RIS Software

What Type of Buyer Are You?

The Vendor Landscape

Evaluating Radiology Information Systems

Benefits and Potential Issues

Market Trends to Understand

The Vendor Landscape

What Is RIS?

Radiology information software (RIS) is an electronic medical records system designed to serve the unique needs of radiology centers. These systems help manage clinical and administrative data and automate workflows by:

  • Collecting patient demographics and contact information

  • Scheduling appointments

  • Tracking images

  • Monitoring examination performance

  • Reporting on results

  • Managing billing and reimbursement

Radiology centers will have the choice of implementing a standalone RIS or an integrated RIS and picture archiving and communication system (PACS). Due to the complementary offerings of both, it is fairly common for RIS buyers to implement integrated RIS and PACS suites. The decision to implement a standalone RIS or a complete RIS/PACS is dependent on users’ unique needs and environments.

Common Features of RIS Software

The following features are commonly found in most RIS systems:

HL7 interface

Enables integration with picture archiving and communication systems (PACS), electronic medical records systems (EMRs) or hospital information systems (HIS) to ensure seamless data transfer between order entry, results delivery, patient clinical information etc.

Dictation support

In-app voice recognition or integrations with third party solutions that allow physicians to use a microphone to speak commands and dictate notes and patient reports.

Result delivery via efax and email

Transmission of imaging results back to the electronic system, and physician, that ordered them. Systems with patient portals will also send imaging results to the access portal for patient use.

Administrative dashboards and reports

Report on a variety of business operations, including exam requests, administrative workflows and clinician productivity. Track trends and increase profitability through analyzing department metrics such as patient type, modality mix, report turnaround time and more.

What Type of Buyer Are You?

It is important that buyers assess what type of buyer they are before evaluating vendors. Just about all buyers can fall into one of the following three categories:

Small radiology centers. These buyers typically work in radiology centers with fewer than 10 providers. They have the most straightforward needs of the three buyer categories. 

Enterprise radiology centers. These buyers work in radiology centers that have at least 10 physicians on staff, although they may be much larger. These buyers will typically require a robust RIS capable of integrating with PACS and HIS. 

Hospitals. These buyers work in radiology departments within hospitals and typically manage a large amount of radiological information and images originating from several locations or users. They are aiming to integrate with HIS and eliminate a lot of the inefficiency associated with managing information on paper. 

The Vendor Landscape

While the radiology information systems market is complex and fragmented, buyers can quickly understand where to look by segmenting the industry along the lines of the three buyer categories mentioned above.

This type of buyer...

Should evaluate these systems

Small radiology centers

RISynergy, Medics RIS/PACS, Sage Intergy

Enterprise radiology centers



GE, Siemens, Philips

Evaluating Radiology Information Systems

When evaluating these systems, prospective buyers should consider the following:

Integration requirements. If purchasing a standalone RIS system, ensure the system integrates with existing PAC and EHR software. Also, assess the timeline until existing PAC and EHR systems need replacing. If additional purchases will be required in the near future, consider investing in a single, integrated platform.

Support for existing workflows. Evaluate whether RIS solutions support existing workflows or if they will need to be implemented by a third-party vendor. Common workflows include order entry, scheduling, worklist management, examination documentation and interpretation, report generation, results distribution and billing.

Benefits and Potential Issues

When implementing a RIS, buyers should primarily expect to realize the following benefits:

  • Efficiency. By eliminating paper folders, hardcopy images and manual methods of tracking data, radiology centers should expect to increase efficiency when transitioning from a fully manual office to one powered by a RIS. 

  • Uniformity. RIS are able to enforce best practices for radiology center workflow, including reviewing images, storing information and sharing data with other organizations. A formal system ensures that all necessary steps will be taken without key tasks being forgotten. 

  • Automated reporting. Buyers should find that it is much easier to run reports on various criteria, enabling them to determine trends in outcomes and make data-driven decisions. 

As with all technology, there are potential risks to consider as well. The first issue on most RIS buyers’ minds is patient privacy, which most companies have addressed with fully HIPAA-compliant systems. The second concern we hear about most often is in regards to ease of use. While most ease of use issues can be addressed with training, buyers will want to perform a thorough evaluation of their selected RIS to make sure the workflow is logical and the layout is intuitive.

Market Trends to Understand

There are two important healthcare software trends that are important to understand when evaluating the RIS market:

Software as a Service (SaaS). The SaaS delivery model has disrupted a number of software markets, including RIS. Many buyers prefer systems that “sit in the cloud” and require low upfront costs, little IT infrastructure and greater accessibility. Many vendors now offer SaaS solutions and buyers should be ready to evaluate this model with an open mind. 

Integration and interoperability. Buyers should be aware of the widespread push towards integration among disjointed healthcare networks. As providers and government legislators recognize the costs and inefficiencies in the healthcare system due to paper, large and small RIS buyers need to consider whether their vendor supports open standards and integration with EMRs, hospital information systems and health information exchanges.