Opening a DICOM Directory with AccessPoint
01.30.14

Studies are usually transferred from equipment directly to database through a DICOM Transfer Protocol. The studies are then available for you to view on AccessPoint. However, AccessPoint also allows you to view studies that were not automatically imported into the system.

A DICOM Directory provides an index of image files and patient data, which allows you to search and retrieve the image you are looking for. Follow the steps below to set up a new tab to view the data from a specific DICOM Directory.

1. Click the Tool drop-down menu from the main toolbar.

2. Click the New button to open the Data Source Type dialog box.

3. Select the DICOM Path radial button to open the DICOM Path Setting dialog box.

4. Type the display name and path.

5. Click OK. 

A new tab will appear in AccessPoint. This tab displays all files from the DICOM Directory you specified. The tab will remain there, and you can access any new files that are added to the directory. This feature provides you with an easy way to read files from another clinic or those saved on other media, such as a CD or USB drive. There are no special settings or files required. Simply configure the path, and you can view those studies and generate reports in AccessPoint.



Freeland Systems Launches cPAC Pro
01.27.14

cPAC Pro is now available from Freeland Systems. This new offering is a full-featured, configurable cloud-based PAC System based on AccessPoint. cPAC Pro allows users to take advantage of the multi-functional AccessPoint DICOM image viewer and intelligent reporting features with both local application and browser-based solutions for offline and online reading and reporting. cPAC Pro provides the best of both worlds—security, versatility, and convenience.

Find out more about why cPAC Pro is the most comprehensive imaging archival and reporting system option.

Features

Browser-based: cPAC Pro enables you to access all of your imaging files and reports from the web. You are no longer bound to the confines of your office in order to access patient images and information. With cPAC Pro, you don’t need to connect to your facility’s onsite server or use a specific workstation. Authorized users can quickly and securely gain access to patient records through the web-based application. This streamlines the workflow and allows physicians to share and access files for easier collaboration and consultation.

Local application: Even if you don’t have Internet access, cPAC Pro allows you to continue working. Simply download the files you need, continue your work offline, and cPAC Pro will automatically upload your files to the cloud once you have logged back in. Whether you are in the office, on a plane, or in another facility, you can have access to your patients’ images and files.

Cloud storage: Cloud technology hosts data and applications on secure SSL off-site servers, eliminating your need to maintain onsite hardware. This provides scalable and cost-effective options for your data storage.

Disaster recovery and back-up solutions: cPAC Pro provides off-site hosted data replication services. Built-in disaster recovery solutions protect your data from unplanned disruptions and prevent single points of failure. You can rest assured that your data is automatically backed up without having to maintain and operate your back-up storage architecture.

Benefits

Use existing configurations: cPAC Pro offers the flexibility to use your current assets, add to your current configurations, or move to a completely cloud-based solution.

Reduce storage and hardware costs: Cloud technology offers unlimited storage capacity without the need to purchase expensive equipment and hire staff to maintain it. It reduces your infrastructure costs and provides resilience against system failures.

Support: Freeland Systems Technical Solutions Team is available to help you set up and use cPAC Pro. Whether you are new to AccessPoint or are updating your current system to the cloud, we can help you with installation, training, and technical support. 



January PACS News Digest
01.14.14

PACS technology is continually evolving. It adjusts to changes in standards, advancements in technology, facilities’ requirements, and healthcare regulations. It’s important to stay informed on the changes in healthcare that may impact the development, operation, maintenance, and growth of PACS systems. Here are some recent news articles on PACS systems, imaging, and industry regulations.

Evolution of PACS

The need for picture archiving and communication systems is growing beyond the scope of radiology. Images are being captured in all types of medical fields. These images may not be DICOM compliant, but they still need to be archived, searchable, and retrievable. Read the article >

HIT Standards Committee Meeting

The Health IT Standards Committee met in December to discuss recommendations on standards for image sharing, such as the methods and technical standards used to view images, issues encountered when sharing reports, inclusion of time series data, and the deployment of high level architecture. Read the article >

Increasing Radiology Education and Resources Around the World

During an RSNA 2013 meeting, world radiology leaders discussed the need for support in developing countries in the operation, maintenance, and interpretation of imaging systems. Read the article >

Legislation for Medicare to Use Clinical Guidance Tools for Diagnostic Imaging Tests

The Excellence in Diagnostic Imaging Utilization Act of 2013 was introduced, which would require Medicare to install electronic clinical guidance tools for physicians ordering diagnostic imaging tests such as MRIs and CT Scans. These tools would help reduce unnecessary testing and provide recommendations to physicians. Read the article >

Multimodality Imaging AUC for SIHD

The American College of Cardiology (ACC) released new multimodality imaging appropriate use criteria (AUC) for the detection and assessment of Stable Ischemic Heart Disease (SIHD). This criteria includes updates for radionuclide imaging (RNI), stress echocardiography (echo), calcium scoring, and more. Read the article > 

New SMFM Resolution for Obstetric Ultrasound Accreditation

The Society for Maternal Fetal Medicine (SMFM) now recommends that obstetric ultrasound examinations should be done by maternal-fetal medicine subspecialists at appropriately accredited practices.  Read the article >

Differences in Accreditation and Certification in Medical Ultrasound

Whereas certification is given to individuals who meet educational and knowledge requirements, accreditation, such as AIUM accreditation, is awarded to facilities that meet specific industry guidelines. Read the article >

Lower Radiation Doses Recommended for CT Scans

New research from a study in China shows that coronary CTA’s can be administered at up to 35% lower radiation exposure and with 27% less iodine through iterative image reconstruction. The study showed no loss in image quality with the reduced radiation. Read the article >