Inter-PACS exchange & reconciliation

24/04/2016 | Frédéric Lambrechts | comments

With the introduction of digital imaging in radiology, the interchange of data between institutions already evolved from shipment of films to shipment of CD’s. This undoubtedly meant a positive change in terms of costs and became a widely accepted way for the distribution of image data.

Currently, the number of medical images is exploding for which a new change has to break through. Why? Let’s take a look at the steps involved when using CD’s:

  1. The sender has to select the study in the PACS, send it to a CD burning station and ship it
  2. The recipient has to integrate the outpatient data into the normal workflow, i.e. the local PACS;
    • the entire study can be loaded through a DICOM viewer that is often included on the CD. Unfortunately, every institution has its own vendor promoting its own viewer, obliging users to learn to operate many different software packages. Some of these packages require installation on the local workstation, which is not always allowed due to security reasons.
    • an individual file can also be listed using a regular file browser in order to examine one image file at a time.
  3. When the recipient is unable to view the images, this can be due to;
    • a damaged or blank CD
    • absence of a DICOMDIR file on the CD: a non-DICOM CD was created
    • a CD created in a proprietary format unreadable by other manufacturers of viewers

Applying these steps on the increased number of medical images, not only means a slow and time consuming process, but also one that is very prone to human errors.

The solution? Osimis proudly presents its product Interhosp:

Inter-PACS exchange & reconciliation

Interhosp has especially been developed for the exchange of medical images between hospitals and operates as follows:

  1. The sender (CH1) triggers the transfer of the image(s) by updating a DICOM tag with the name of the recipient (CH2) in the RIS.
  2. An automated reconciliation will be performed upon receipt; the patient’s health record will be updated in case the national ID already exists in the EHR. A manual reconciliation is possible for exception cases.
  3. The data are stored into the PACS and available for all authorized staff members.

Interhosp is cost efficient and very reliable in contrast to CD’s; it transfers the data encrypted, using the SSL security technology. Moreover, image quality will not be compromised as the DICOM format will be respected at any time and there will be little room for human errors using this transfer method.

Thanks to Interhosp, hospitals can share medical imaging data very quickly, enabling faster treatment. That can save lives, or in case of a non life-threatening illness or injury, improve quality of life earlier than before. Hospitals that use Interhosp can treat more patients, because diagnosis can be faster and easier. In short: Interhosp contributes to better patient care!

Do not hesitate and contact us for more info!

Category : Use case
Tags : hospitals, clinics

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Frédéric Lambrechts

A man for whom 24 hours in the day would just be enough, if he could go without sleep. He has a seemingly endless stream of ideas and prides himself on always being on top of everything going on in his company. Frederic used to work as a boring banking consultant until divine inspiration sentenced him to a life of penal servitude to the medical imaging business. But that was just after he learnt the dirty tricks of full stack coding during an excellent 2-month bootcamp.