PACS

Are you considering — or have you switched to — digital imaging?

That's an important first step. Your next consideration is archiving your images and reports. And it's just as important as the digital system you select.

We offer several PACS options for you to consider:

  • The ANTECH Imaging Services Remote PACS solution utilizes a remote server that allows you to access your images and reports at any time, from any internet-enabled computer, anywhere in the world – better know as “the cloud”. Select this option and AIS takes care of the rest.
  • With ANTECH Imaging Services PACS, you won't have to worry about computer crashes, security of your data or finding yourself running out of storage space.
  • If you currently operate an on-site PACS, we can help improve and optimize your existing system. You can elect to add ANTECH Imaging Services Digital Vault to help increase the versatility of your current on-site PACS.

Some Useful Terms:

PACS: Picture Archival and Communications System
DICOM3: Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine (version 3)
HL7: Standards for electronic interchange of clinical, financial and administrative information among healthcare-oriented computer systems.

Remote

Definition:

This option is the most comprehensive solution for archiving your digital images. You provide a high-speed Internet connection and Antech Imaging Services takes care of everything else.

Requirements:

High-speed communications (DSL or better) between clinic and hosting facility (768 upload / 768 download recommended). Digital images must be DICOM3-compliant.

Advantages:

No purchase of an expensive server required, meaning that you do not have the upkeep, backup worries, disk space concerns and IT headaches associated with owning a large server. No expensive PC-based viewing software is needed. All your data is hosted in an encrypted, secure environment with backup capabilities. This also allows you to access your images from any computer with an Internet connection, as well as share your cases with referral veterinarians and/or owners through the Antech Imaging Services Web site. With the Antech Imaging Services Remote PACS system, you have the ability to connect several clinics together, so that everyone in the group has access to the images. The Antech Imaging Services Remote PACS system includes the ability to send your images to board certified specialists through the Antech Imaging Services platform with the click of a button.

Disadvantages:

If your network connection has frequent outages, you would be unable to send exams to the hosting facility or view old exams. Typically, only a few weeks to a few months are stored on site with the remote model; however, they are always available online, as long as the network connection is working.

 

On Site

Definition:

Although Antech Imaging Services does not currently offer this option, we can help you identify the on-site system that could work best for you. Select this solution and acquisition of digital images in a DICOM3 format happens on your site (DR, CR, CT, MRI, US, etc.). You can implement a more secure backup solution by transmitting your images to the Antech Imaging Services Digital Vault. Peace of mind is priceless.

Requirements:

High-speed communications within the clinic (intranet connection). Digital images should be DICOM3-compliant.

Advantages:

Images are on site all the time and available at any workstation that has the viewing software installed.

Disadvantages:

On-site PACS requires the purchase of an expensive server, meaning that you have the upkeep, backup worries, disk space concerns and IT headaches associated with owning a large server. You will also be required to purchase expensive PC-based viewing software for each computer used to access images. All your data is housed in your facility; however, on-site PACS does not allow for easy access of your images from any computer, nor does it allow you to securely share your cases with referral veterinarians and/or owners. Connection of multiple clinics is possible, but requires expensive hardware at each location. Click on the Antech Imaging Services Digital Vault link to see how we can provide you with a more secure backup option.

 

Antech Imaging Services Digital Vault

Definition:

This is a hybrid of the remote and on-site systems. Acquisition of digital images in a DICOM3 format happens on site (DR, CR, CT, MRI, US, etc.). Images are then transmitted to the Antech Imaging Services hosting facility for secure backup. The Antech Imaging Services Digital Vault serves as a backup for on-site images.

Requirements:

High-speed communications (DSL or better) between clinic and hosting facility (768 upload / 768 download Internet connection recommended) to back up the images. High-speed communications within the clinic (intranet connection) are also needed to view the images. Digital images must be DICOM3-compliant.

Advantages:

This gives you the advantages of both systems. Reliable image viewing, regardless of Internet connectivity. No backup worries; all data is backed up automatically. All your data is hosted in an encrypted, secure, backed-up environment. This also allows you to access your images from any computer with an Internet connection, as well as share your cases with referral veterinarians and/or owners over the Web site, should the on-site system fail. Antech Imaging Services Digital Vault includes the ability to send your images through the Antech Imaging Services platform to board certified specialists at the click of a button.

Disadvantages:

If your network connection is down, you will not be able to automatically back up your data. However, backup of data is available as soon as connection becomes available again.

About Antech Imaging Services

Founded in 2000, Antech Imaging Services has provided a Web-based PACS and telemedicine solutions far longer than any other service. With AIS, it's easy to add the expertise of a specialist while keeping the patient in your practice! Our on-line PACS provides images anywhere, anytime, from any computer!

Questions?

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