Sonography is one of the imaging techniques used most frequently in medicine. Due to the fact that the sonograms are digital they can be integrated into the enterprise-wide image management. For this purpose, however, the ultrasound devices need to inherit the patient data from the hospital information system and to pass on the captured images to the image management system (PACS). After they are placed in the PACS, the images are subsequently available at any workplace in the network. This allows to tap all potentials of digitization to the full extent: seamless workflows, cost reductions thanks to the elimination of printouts as well as eliminated search and retrieval times, improved patient care, cuts in patient stay, and centralized support by the IT department.
JiveX is capable of integrating all sonograms into one comprehensive solution. The communication standard DICOM provides the basis for this. It enables the integration of the images into the PACS. Image sources which do not dispose of a common DICOM interface are typically digitized via frame grabber and subsequently converted into DICOM.
In order to enable an efficient and smooth workflow, JiveX Sonography inherits all required data and information, before the exam, from the leading system via a DICOM worklist. This allows avoiding duplicate and incorrect entries, and speeds up the entire preparation for the exam. In addition, JiveX itself is capable of creating a worklist via the link with the HIS. Wherever access to a worklist is not possible, patients can be entered manually on-site.
For reporting, the physician has various options at his disposal for post-processing: he can measure e.g., distances between structures and their dimensions directly in the image, and he can enter the respective scale as well. Enlargements of certain areas of an image support his diagnostic work. Interdisciplinary communication is facilitated by the convenient insertion of annotations. This allows the reporting physician to quickly communicate essential information to the physician involved in the treatment and thus improve subsequent care for the patient. For the writing of the report in the context of the patient, the system can be integrated into the respective module of a hospital information system or clinical workplace system.
For the processing of videos, an integrated video editing workplace with export functions is available for physicians. This allows, e.g., to elaborate the sequences or single images of relevance, or to produce video DVDs. For subsequent editing, the native video sequences can be passed on to dedicated video processing solutions. In this way, the user creates, basically as a byproduct, extensive archives for teaching purposes or in publications. Subsequently, the user can convert the selected images into various formats, or just simply print them.
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.