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PACS: acceptance test, quality control, warranty, and maintenance continuum
Author(s): John R. Romlein; Gary S. Norton; David K. Lyche; Ronald R. Richardson
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Paper Abstract

As PACS gain greater acceptance and use in medical facilities the question of life cycle management must be addressed in terms that relate to the common business practices for medical information system and medical devices. The issues in life cycle management of such a system are relatively new to the industry. Increased use of PACS within the medical community requires that standardized life cycle management practices by developed and implemented. This paper develops a new of life cycle issues as cyclic and related events that are not only manageable, but also predictable in terms, of, frequency, duration data content, data exchange, potential outcomes, staffing requirement, documentation, and staff interaction. This view is presented as a continuum that begins at the acceptance testing of a PACS and continues throughout its life cycle. The continuum incorporates the required relationship between quality control testing and maintenance actions during warranty period and the maintenance years. Interrelated cyclic events are described that bind these processes together and provide a basis for long-term proactive management of PACS in a medical environment.

Paper Details

Date Published: 18 July 1999
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 3662, Medical Imaging 1999: PACS Design and Evaluation: Engineering and Clinical Issues, (18 July 1999); doi: 10.1117/12.352733
Show Author Affiliations
John R. Romlein, InformaTech Telemedicine Services (United States)
Gary S. Norton, InformaTech Telemedicine Services (United States)
David K. Lyche, InformaTech Telemedicine Services (United States)
Ronald R. Richardson, InformaTech Telemedicine Services (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3662:
Medical Imaging 1999: PACS Design and Evaluation: Engineering and Clinical Issues
G. James Blaine; Steven C. Horii, Editor(s)

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