PACS

PACSPicture Archiving and Communication System. A medical imaging technology which provides storage and access to digital xray images from multiple modalities (source machine types i.e. CR, DX, MR, etc.) Images are transmitted from the Acquisition station through a LAN network for long-term storage, backup, and retrieval. The universal format for PACS image storage is DICOM (Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine). The PACS can also be used to route images to external machines via a VPN(Virtual Private Network) to Radiologists for interpretation. PACS therefore, eliminates the need to manually file, retrieve, or transport film jackets. Most PACS software also incorporates a viewer and report features. Some can also have the use of templates for Chiropractic or Orthopedic uses. PACS can be integrated into the EMR, HIS and RIS,  streamlining workflow.

In an effort to “cut” costs to “go digital,” there is a strong temptation to ignore purchasing a PACS. Although a small practice can survive without a PACS, there can also be devastating consequences. Acquisition computers are not designed for long-term storage of images. Most are FIFO (first in first out) meaning when the hard drive fills to capacity, the software will delete a group of the oldest images to make space for the new.

Computers that house the PACS usually have Redundant hard drives (RAID) to protect from data loss. If one drive fails it is replaced and the RAID software will rebuild the data that is contained on the remaining hard drive(s). While this protects from data loss it is NOT a backup. As required in the USA by the Security Rule’s Administrative Safeguards section of HIPAA, images should be stored both locally and remotely(off-site).

Another function of PACS is Distribution. Your PACS is a central hub that allows viewing of the images at local or remote workstations. Workstations can be placed in exam or consult rooms for consultation with provider and patient. They can also provide a means to make patient copies of images for referrals. Today’s PACS can also provide access to images via IPADs and smart phones.

evoviewEvoView PACS is a diagnostic image management solution comprised of technologies and capabilities to provide professionals with an intuitive, powerful platform aimed to improve workflow efficiency and patient care in today’s healthcare environment.

Users have more intricate needs toward mobile data access with a multitude of devices at their fingertips, while Healthcare IT aims to maintain a controlled and relatively centralized environment. EvoView PACS gives users what they want, when, where, and how they want it! EvoView can be installed on ANY designated workstation, or accessed via your favorite web-browser while imploring user-level customizations and defaults. With EvoView, there are no limits. No matter how users access it, customize it, etc. EvoView has them covered, whenever and however they choose. EvoView also provides easy access from any PC or mobile device such as an iPad (or iPhone), Android (tablet or phone) and more using zero-footprint technology without the need for any specific App.

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