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PACS: moving a live PACS with zero downtime
Author(s): John R. Romlein; David K. Lyche; Anna K. Chacko; Michael A. Cawthon; David Vanderburgh; Ron Stokes
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Paper Abstract

As PACS implementations increase during the new millennium, the need to plan and execute the movement of a live PACS from an existing facility into a replacement hospital increases. Such an undertaking should support not only the physical movement of the existing PACS but also the continuous support of clinical radiology operations throughout the transition period. This paper will describe two successful transitions of live PACS into newly constructed replacement hospitals. In 1994 the Brooke Army Medical Center transitioned into a newly constructed 450-bed facility in San Antonio Texas. In 1999 a similar movement of the Elmendorf Air Force Medical Center was successful accomplished in Anchorage Alaska. Both moves provided continuous operations of the Radiology Department and full clinical services in the old facilities in a near filmless mode while fully supporting the simultaneous installation and testing of new PACS components and PACS-to- modality interfaces in the new facilities. The process also included the migration of the image archives and acceptance testing of the final installation. While the exact migration process must differ, depending on the PACS architecture and the facility transition plans, these two examples provide a general framework for the issues and strategies for such a move.

Paper Details

Date Published: 18 May 2000
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 3980, Medical Imaging 2000: PACS Design and Evaluation: Engineering and Clinical Issues, (18 May 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.386413
Show Author Affiliations
John R. Romlein, InformaTech Inc. (United States)
David K. Lyche, InformaTech Inc. (United States)
Anna K. Chacko, U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command (United States)
Michael A. Cawthon, Brooke Army Medical Ctr. (United States)
David Vanderburgh, Elmendorf Air Force Base Medical Ctr. (United States)
Ron Stokes, Elmendorf Air Force Base Medical Ctr. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3980:
Medical Imaging 2000: PACS Design and Evaluation: Engineering and Clinical Issues
G. James Blaine; Eliot L. Siegel, Editor(s)

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