Eight Things You Can Stop Worrying About With a Cloud PAC System
01.08.15

As web technology has evolved, the storage and sharing capabilities of cloud-based PAC Systems have made the management of privileged medical information more convenient and economical while remaining secure and compliant.

Below are a few things you’ll never have to worry about if you switch to a cloud-based PAC system:

1. You don’t have to worry about accessing patient data only at the office

With cloud-based data storage, you can access information anywhere and at anytime. Cloud storage eliminates the physical and time barriers associated with being tethered to a single onsite storage medium.

2. You don’t have to worry about on-site server maintenance

With cloud-based data storage, you won’t have to spend valuable time and resources maintaining cumbersome equipment or having a technical support unit on retainer.

3. You don’t have to worry about being locked into a single system or server

The ubiquitous and convenient nature of cloud-based PAC systems means that you won’t be restricted to a single system or server. Internal team members and external colleagues and specialists will be able to easily access the same data simultaneously, eliminating any wait time and increasing expediency in communications.

4. You don’t have to worry about upfront payments

Setting up an on-site system for all your PACS needs could mean substantial upfront costs. But with cloud-based PACS, those costs can be avoided. Most cloud-based PACS vendors offer a range of payment options, including monthly payments, per study payments, and one-time fees. Based on how the system will be used in your office, you have the option of choosing which payment option is most suitable for you.

5. You don’t have to worry about problems when sharing files with reading physicians and collaborators

Cloud-based PAC systems make information sharing easy and expeditious. From the cloud and with the appropriate access rights, you can share and receive files from multiple modalities, in any format, and from any interface.

6. You don’t have to worry about disaster recovery plans and maintenance

Because the cloud model makes your PACS data accessible from anywhere and at any time, you won’t have to worry about creating and implementing a control for disaster recovery and maintenance. If you’re unable to access data on one device or browser, it is an easy fix to simply switch to another device or browser.

7. You don’t have to worry about installing physical software

A cloud-based PAC system does not require physical installation of the software. Implementing an office-wide system switch is as easy as opening a web browser and typing in the location of your cloud storage.

8. You don’t have to worry about ensuring the security of your PAC system

Your PACS vendor is responsible for ensuring that all data that is being transmitted and used over the web is encrypted and protected appropriately even if you are using a shared network. Because you no longer have to worry about the security of your PACS and the safety of the information stored therein, you can devote even more of your time to providing the best, comprehensive medical care available.



A Tour of cPac
05.15.14

Ever wondered what cPac and cPac Pro look like? Here’s a visual tour through some of the highlights. If you’d like to see more, use our demo request form to request a one-on-one demo session with our cPac team.

 

cPac users login at the portal home where we share the latest news and additions to the application.

cPac users login at the portal home where we share the latest news and additions to the application.

 

The patient search screen allows users to search using many data types. These include web studies, name, date range, read, unread. etc.

The patient search screen allows users to search using many data types. These include web studies, name, date range, read, unread, etc.

 

The image viewer allows users to view photo and videos from an easy to use web interface.

The image viewer allows users to view static and dynamic images from an easy to use web interface.

 

Image thumbnails are accessed using a drop down menu so you have instant access to individual frames and files.

Image thumbnails are accessed using a drop down menu so you have instant access to individual frames and files.

 

The report editor allows for the entry of patient demographics, measurements and observations.

The report editor allows for the entry of patient demographics, measurements and observations.

 

Observations can be chosen from a defined list and notations are easily added to the selections.

Observations can be chosen from a defined list and notations are easily added to the selections.

 

When complete, you can preview your report directly in the browser before finalizing.

When complete, you can preview your report directly in the browser before finalizing.

 

cPac also features a "Data Miner" tool which uses specific parameters to pull useful data. Queries include: display all patient exams that were done during last quarter, how many echo studies we done last month, how many studies did a specific doctor read, etc.

cPac also features a “Data Miner” tool which uses specific parameters to pull useful data. Queries include: display all patient exams that were done during last quarter, how many echo studies we done last month, how many studies did a specific doctor read, etc.



cPac Pro Case Study
03.06.14

What Happens When a Multi-Site Cardiology Practice Chooses cPac Pro for Digital Image Management? 

Time for a New PACS
The 14 physicians at a multi-site cardiology practice were tired of shuffling outmoded image records. They ran seven study types using nuclear and ultrasound imaging from different manufacturers. The doctors wanted to have access to every digital image from anywhere. They needed a multiple modality, HIPAA-compliant Picture Archiving and Communications System (PACS) that fit their practice.

So the team made a wish list:

  • Off-line data access for review and re-measurements
  • Customized reports that meet accreditation standards and personal preferences
  • Off-site backup
  • Automated EMR integration

 

Just What the Doctors Ordered: cPac Pro
One of the cardiologists discovered cPac Pro from Freeland Systems. They chose a configuration with three parts: AccessPoint, BacPac, and freelandsystems.net. Each one gave the practice new tools to streamline processes, saving time and money.

First, the cardiology practice installed AccessPoint, the basic software engine that drives cPac Pro. It provided point of use functionality for technologists and physicians. They could prepare preliminary reports in the imaging room without having to log into the web. Instruments from different manufacturers fed images into AccessPoint’s digital viewer where they could be manipulated. The doctors could finally print and fax customizable reports right away, and they could securely export diagnostic quality DICOM images into various healthcare systems and EMR environments.

AccessPoint also allowed the physicians to download studies and continue their work offline. Now, when the physician’s were traveling between sites or were in places with no internet connection, they could still access image data and continue working.

BacPac, a temporary local storage appliance, was loaded at each of the three client locations. BacPac created an atmosphere of collaboration by synchronizing the data between sites using their existing Local Area Network. BacPac automatically populated AccessPoint and EMRs with every measurement the doctors took. BacPac also included Nuance’s PowerScribe interface for easy dictation. And with data stored in other places, there was an off-site backup in case of a disaster.

cPac Pro came with freelandsystems.net, a client web portal that provided the physicians access to data from anywhere. It also included administrative functions like user management. Senior doctors could assign physician, tech, and administrator privileges. Even rural partners and contract clients uploaded studies for review. Finally, usage statistics helped senior staff improve internal processes.

 

The Outcome
Overnight, the cardiology practice became savvy and streamlined. Data entry was automated and records were synchronized. cPac Pro’s technical support helped the doctors troubleshoot problems to keep the office running. The doctors collaborated in ways they didn’t know were possible. They spent more time with patients rather than managing workflow. The cardiology practice cut costs and delivered results faster, all because they invested in cPac Pro.



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.