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Clinical experiences with an ASP model backup archive for PACS images
Author(s): Brent J. Liu; Fei Cao; Luis Documet; H. K. Huang; Jean Muldoon
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Paper Abstract

Last year we presented a Fault-Tolerant Backup Archive using an Application Service Provider (ASP) model for disaster recovery. The purpose of this paper is to update and provide clinical experiences related towards implementing the ASP model archive solution for short-term backup of clinical PACS image data as well as possible applications other than disaster recovery. The ASP backup archive provides instantaneous, automatic backup of acquired PACS image data and instantaneous recovery of stored PACS image data all at a low operational cost and with little human intervention. This solution can be used for a variety of scheduled and unscheduled downtimes that occur on the main PACS archive. A backup archive server with hierarchical storage was implemented offsite from the main PACS archive location. Clinical data from a hospital PACS is sent to this ASP storage server in parallel to the exams being archived in the main server. Initially, connectivity between the main archive and the ASP storage server is established via a T-1 connection. In the future, other more cost-effective means of connectivity will be researched such as the Internet 2. We have integrated the ASP model backup archive with a clinical PACS at Saint John's Health Center and has been operational for over 6 months. Pitfalls encountered during integration with a live clinical PACS and the impact to clinical workflow will be discussed. In addition, estimations of the cost of establishing such a solution as well as the cost charged to the users will be included. Clinical downtime scenarios, such as a scheduled mandatory downtime and an unscheduled downtime due to a disaster event to the main archive, were simulated and the PACS exams were sent successfully from the offsite ASP storage server back to the hospital PACS in less than 1 day. The ASP backup archive was able to recover PACS image data for comparison studies with no complex operational procedures. Furthermore, no image data loss was encountered during the recovery. During any clinical downtime scenario, the ASP backup archive server can repopulate a clinical PACS quickly with the majority of studies available for comparison during the interim until the main PACS archive is fully recovered.

Paper Details

Date Published: 19 May 2003
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 5033, Medical Imaging 2003: PACS and Integrated Medical Information Systems: Design and Evaluation, (19 May 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.480675
Show Author Affiliations
Brent J. Liu, David Geffen School of Medicine/Univ. of California/Los Angeles (United States)
Fei Cao, Childrens Hospital Los Angeles/Univ. of Southern California (United States)
Luis Documet, St. John's Health Ctr. (United States)
H. K. Huang, Childrens Hospital Los Angeles/Univ. of Southern California (United States)
Jean Muldoon, St. John's Health Ctr. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5033:
Medical Imaging 2003: PACS and Integrated Medical Information Systems: Design and Evaluation
H. K. Huang; Osman M. Ratib, Editor(s)

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