PACS Data Migration | Radiology PACS
PACS (Picture Archiving and Communication System) manipulations performed on incoming data effectively create proprietary data. Nearly every PACS vendor hides behind intellectual property arguments when refusing to disclose their Data Dictionary and Schema. These factors enforce the proprietary nature of their radiology PACS products. Therefore replacing one vendor’s PACS with another vendor’s PACS will require a time-consuming and expensive data migration.
eRAD enables better healthcare by transferring data from legacy sources while delivering data quality and liquidity. Clinical content from multiple, disparate legacy systems is reconciled to the point-of-care system—and also made available real-time during the migration.
Relevant priors for the next day’s appointments, and even for walk-ins, can be pulled while data is transferred. Critical medical information is thus unlocked and accessible immediately—without waiting for a lengthy PACS data migration. Clinical, technical and business targets can co-exist.
eRAD’s PACS Data Migration services relies on its flexible and powerful data coercion technology. eRAD engineers have designed dynamic tag morphing and data mapping capabilities that reference an internal library of PACS-specific Tags (Group, Element) during the archive’s internal process of modifying a DICOM (Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine) Header. This occurs in near real-time when transmitting DICOM image data acquired on one system but destined for another.
Thus, rules and requests crafted by the user can locate accurate information. If the request is for a head CT, the appropriate exams are returned, even those labeled brain or CT head. Original data is prefixed, not edited, and so remains viable in its native format. Data coercion makes clinically useful data truly neutral—accessible by any system—and it simplifies data migration.
True inter-operability can be achieved without complexity.