Trials and tribulations in deploying digital imaging network and picture archiving and communication system—film to filmless in 80 days
The Naval Medical Center Portsmouth (NMCP) was constructed with the intention of deploying a picture archiving and communications system (PACS). All necessary infrastructures were installed and considerable planning was done during construction with the belief that this would make the deployment of the PACS much simpler. This was true during the early deployment; however, as time passed and the system was more heavily used, significant problems arose. User/operator-related and hardware/software-related problems were encountered. Although, most have been corrected, some have persisted and will require considerable manpower and/or fiscal resources to correct. The lesson learned is that no matter how much preparation is done for deploying PACS, many significant problems will surface as the system is used that will require the continued attention of the deployment project officer.
KeywordsAsynchronous Transfer Mode Radiology Information System Asynchronous Transfer Mode Network Video Card Diagnostic Workstation
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