Networking - Integrating Every User Under One Database
Question: How do you manage patient data when a hospital has two or more systems?
Question: What do you do when you want to analyse a study, but the system is in use?
Question: How can you monitor an 8 hour colon study and be in the OR at the same time?
Flash demo about Networking
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When working with multiple systems, users and/or locations it is best to develop a network scheme for trouble-free management and controlled data flow. Though, each MMS system is able to function on its own, networking provides central connectivity for database management, patient/study review, research query, and more.
Some of the features a network can provide:
- Consolidated Database (DB) – Patients exist in global DB rather than individual system DB’s
- Remote Access – Patient information & studies accessible outside of investigation station
- Remote Review – Remote, real-time viewing of studies as they happen
- Hospital Information System Integration – Paperless transmission of patient data and studies
- System Security – Integrated security for user level protected access to Database (99 levels)
- DICOM – Imaging and data to and from hospital computer systems (unique HIS needs)
- Satellite Location Integration – Net access to and from alternate locations outside hospital
- Gastro/Uro – Integrate multiple departments for expanded functionality of systems and personnel
- Data Redundancy – System protects data integrity by acquiring data to local and server system
- Self Reliant – Systems can function without network connection and if network connection is lost
- Server/Station – Consolidate resources by combining functions of server into acquisition station
It is important to understand the needs of the hospital before deciding upon the type of network configuration. Network systems require a minimum of two access points: server and investigation station. It is more often the case of multiple investigation stations being networked to a server for consolidation of the database, although, networks can be created for the sole purpose of data backup and access.
Bluetooth provides instant networking for MMS users. No need to bother the electricians and computer department to wire a Local Area Network. Bluetooth communications talk only to those devices that are a part of its own community, which allows for virtually endless number of networks and connections throughout a hospital or campus system. Users may monitor a study being performed on the Solar in one room and prepare another Solar for use elsewhere on the network, all from the convienence of their office desktop.