The Integration of image data from non-radiological imaging procedures presents a challenge to most hospitals today. It is only if the integration of indeed all captures of a hospital campus into a PACS is achieved that the efficiency potentials of digitization can be tapped: seamless workflows, cost reductions as a result of eliminated printouts as well as of search and transportation times, optimization of patient care, cuts in patient stay, and centralized support provided by the IT department. Still, in future, videos from the cardiology department will not be found in every image archive.
VISUS has succeeded in connecting the cardiology modalities of all renowned manufacturers in the market to its system. The basis for this is provided by many year's experience of the company with the DICOM standard for communication. It is the platform for the integration of the images into the PACS. Image sources which do not have a common DICOM interface are digitized via a frame grabber. This is basically an analog-to-digital converter.
During reporting, the routine work steps are automated by highly specialized hanging protocols. The know-how of highly competent reporting physicians is part of the application programming. However, the hanging protocols can be adapted to the individual work habits of the respective physician at any time. Their use safeguards rapid and efficient reporting. Support is provided by integrated dedicated solutions, such as LVA and QCA measurement from Pi-Medical.
In order to ensure smooth work processes, the solution allows for seamless integration in the workflow of a cardiology information system, e.g. CathMaster by MEIERHOFER.
ECG waveforms are also integrated into the solution. During reporting, measuring of the amplitude over time is carried out in one measuring step. By this the reporting physician is saving time and it also helps accelerating a valid evaluation of the health status of the heart.
All measurement results are documented, and then stored, in an audit-proof manner as brief reports. Subsequently they are available to all authorized users anywhere on the hospital campus. Viewing of the images takes place either via a web solution or by integration into the clinical workplace. If required, the images can be printed in a 1:1 format.
Due to the fact that the waveforms are in digital format, the physician can compare them without difficulty with previous exams and previous reports. There is no limitation to ECG interpretation; rather will the PACS enable effective comparison with any medical imaging material, e.g. from a cardiac catheter or MRT.
For archiving, the user selects the relevant images and sequences. Data can be stored online, in a Storage Area Network (SAN), on shared hard disk systems in a network (Network Attached Storage, NAS), or on a direct attached hard disk system (RAID). Offline storage is done on DVDs, BluRay discs, or magnetic tapes which are handled either manually or by robots. Before archiving of image data, feedback is given to the leading information system. The reconciliation with the order communication ensures process quality.
A further option for long-term archiving is JiveX Storage Service for PACS (SSP). This service enables the customer to store his data in an external archive operated by a service provider. This type of data storage enables cost-optimized operation for the user. With full orientation of fees towards use, the customer is not required to make investments and tie up capital. Cost can be planned because there are no additional expenditures for migration, administration, or maintenance.