Using Multiple Data Sources with AccessPoint
03.20.14

AccessPoint provides multiple paths for different data sources to be imported and viewed. When you log in to AccessPoint, the system automatically populates studies that are transferred from the equipment to the database through the DICOM Transfer Protocol. However, you may want to access studies from another data source, such as a CD, USB drive, another network, or from another PACS. The following three data source types may be configured in AccessPoint:

DICOM Path

A DICOM path allows you to configure a DICOM directory from removable media, such as a CD, USB drive, or downloaded folder. This data source is commonly used when images are transferred by a referring physician.

Configure a DICOM Path

  1. Click the Tools drop-down menu from the main toolbar.
  2. Click Data Source Manager.
  3. Click the New button to open the Data Source Type dialog box.
  4. Select the DICOM Path radial button to open the DICOM Path Setting dialog box.
  5. Type the display name and path.
  6. Click OK.

Local Network Database

The Local Network Database path allows you to configure data saved on another server. For example, your PACS may be configured to import data from your main office. If you want to access data from a remote office that is set up on its own server, you can use the Local Network Database path to transport that data and keep it in a separate tab from the main office data.

Configure a Local Network Database

  1. Click the Tools drop-down menu from the main toolbar.
  2. Click Data Source Manager.
  3. Click the New button to open the Data Source Type dialog box.
  4. Select the Local Network Database radial button to open the Network Database dialog box.
  5. Type the Display Name.
  6. Select a network from the Network Computer drop-down.
  7. Select a database from the Database drop-down.
  8. Click OK.

DICOM QueryRetrieve

The DICOM QueryRetrieve path allows you to import data from another PACS. This option might be used if a multi-site practice wants to access data from an old PACS and use that data to run AccessPoint reports. This option involves two-way configuration and requires network information to set up. This configuration is usually completed by a network administrator.

Configure a DICOM QueryRetrieve

  1. Click the Tools drop-down menu from the main toolbar.
  2. Click Data Source Manager.
  3. Click the New button to open the Data Source Type dialog box.
  4. Select the DICOM QueryRetrieve radial button to open the Dicom QueryRetrieve Settings dialog box.
  5. Type the input for the following fields:

a)     Display Name
b)     Server Name
c)     Server AE Title
d)     IP Address
e)     Port Number

  1. Click OK.

Benefits of Multiple Paths

A tab will open for each new data source that is configured. Once a data source has been configured, the new tab will appear each time you log in. The tab view separates each study by its data source, so the user always knows which data source the study came from. The system recognizes which data source each study belongs to, and it configures the reporting finalized action based on the data source. For example, if a physician signs a report from a DICOM DIR, the signed report is automatically saved back to the DICOM DIR folder. Contact Technical Support if you have more questions about using multiple data sources.

 



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.



AccessPoint Tips – Saving Reports as a PDF File
12.19.13

AccessPoint makes it quick and easy to create a .PDF file of any report. You can then distribute the report by email, or upload the PDF file into your EMR system. This feature allows you effortlessly share the report with anyone, even if they don’t have access to a PAC system.

First, configure your report output to generate a PDF. This is a one-time set up that will be saved for all new reports. When you open a report, you will notice a Prepared button on the ribbon above the report (image 1). Clicking Prepared saves the report back to the server. However, you can configure the system to create a PDF and save it to a specified location. Follow the steps below to add a new action to the finalize output of the report.

  1. Click the Other drop-down menu on the ribbon above the report. (image 2)
  2. Select Properties to open the AccessPoint Form Properties dialog box. (image 2)
  3. Click the Finalize tab. (image 3)
  4. Select Finalize Output, and then click Edit Actions. (image 4)
  5. From the Add drop-down menu, click Save As. (image 5)
  6. From the Save As Output dialog box, enter the finalize path, and select the file format as PDF.
  7. Click OK to save changes.

 

You can specify any file path that the end user has access to. Once you have configured the PDF generation as part of your final output, there is only one step to create a PDF. After you open or auto-populate a report, click Prepared, and a PDF will automatically save to the file path you specified. Now you can quickly share your reports without the need for any additional software.

Reference Images

Image 1: Prepared Button
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Image 2: Options Menu
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Image 3: Finalize Tab
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Image 4: Edit Actions
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Image 5: Click “Add” and “Save As”

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