Thursday, May 5, 2011

DICOM PACS on cloud

Medical Imaging science is most important invention in the HealthCare space and PACS (Picture Archiving and Communication Systems) had been developed in an attempt to provide electronic storage, retrieval and access to images simultaneously from multiple sites. PACS acquires DICOM (Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine) from multiple modalities and encapsulates information to stores and transfer for diagnosis reporting.

PACS replaces film based medical imaging to electronic imaging, which eliminates the need to manual interface of printing and transporting the patient diagnostic images to Radiologists for reporting as well as referring physicians for orientation.

With the advancement in the HealthCare informatics, the digital medical image management (PACS) market is growing leaps and bounds. Although market is very mature but unavailability of platforms for transferring DICOMs on web has become hurdle in enabling healthcare omnipresence. The advantages to go digital is well documented and experienced by the developed world. The challenge in India is to get this technology to reach mass and get online healthcare service, so they can also reap the benefits of going digital.

Now, what can facilitate DICOMs (X-Ray, CT, MRI, and other medical images) viewable on internet enabled devices (PC, tablets, mobile, p-top, and l-top) for online diagnosis by simulating modality console on web browsers?

PACS can be established on cloud computing platform to supports Tele-Radiology and filmless radiology environment. It also allows swift diagnostic service for superior patient care and enhances business referrals by optimizing patient-care workflow. Such advanced internet based technology will enable HealthCare providers of all sizes to take advantage of this technology by instituting imaging centers on cloud.