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Strategy of DIN-PACS benchmark testing
Author(s): Gary S. Norton; David K. Lyche; Nancy E. Richardson; Jerry A. Thomas; John R. Romlein; Michael A. Cawthon; David P. Lawrence; Philip D. Shelton; Laurence F. Parr; Ronald R. Richardson; Steven L. Johnson
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Paper Abstract

The Digital Imaging Network -- Picture Archive and Communication System (DIN-PACS) procurement is the Department of Defense's (DoD) effort to bring military medical treatment facilities into the twenty-first century with nearly filmless digital radiology departments. The DIN-PACS procurement is unique from most of the previous PACS acquisitions in that the Request for Proposals (RFP) required extensive benchmark testing prior to contract award. The strategy for benchmark testing was a reflection of the DoD's previous PACS and teleradiology experiences. The DIN-PACS Technical Evaluation Panel (TEP) consisted of DoD and civilian radiology professionals with unique clinical and technical PACS expertise. The TEP considered nine items, key functional requirements to the DIN-PACS acquisition: (1) DICOM Conformance, (2) System Storage and Archive, (3) Workstation Performance, (4) Network Performance, (5) Radiology Information System (RIS) functionality, (6) Hospital Information System (HIS)/RIS Interface, (7) Teleradiology, (8) Quality Control, and (9) System Reliability. The development of a benchmark test to properly evaluate these key requirements would require the TEP to make technical, operational, and functional decisions that had not been part of a previous PACS acquisition. Developing test procedures and scenarios that simulated inputs from radiology modalities and outputs to soft copy workstations, film processors, and film printers would be a major undertaking. The goals of the TEP were to fairly assess each vendor's proposed system and to provide an accurate evaluation of each system's capabilities to the source selection authority, so the DoD could purchase a PACS that met the requirements in the RFP.

Paper Details

Date Published: 13 July 1998
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 3339, Medical Imaging 1998: PACS Design and Evaluation: Engineering and Clinical Issues, (13 July 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.319820
Show Author Affiliations
Gary S. Norton, MIS LABS (United States)
David K. Lyche, MIS LABS (United States)
Nancy E. Richardson, Defence Personal Support Ctr. (United States)
Jerry A. Thomas, Uniformed Services Univ. of the Health Sciences (United States)
John R. Romlein, MIS LABS (United States)
Michael A. Cawthon, Brooke Army Medical Ctr. (United States)
David P. Lawrence, National Naval Medical Ctr. (United States)
Philip D. Shelton, U.S. Army Joint Imaging Technology Program Office (United States)
Laurence F. Parr, Naval Medical Ctr. (United States)
Ronald R. Richardson, U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command (United States)
Steven L. Johnson, CIC Corp. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3339:
Medical Imaging 1998: PACS Design and Evaluation: Engineering and Clinical Issues
Steven C. Horii; G. James Blaine, Editor(s)

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