UK-based Bridgehead Software, a developer of enterprise data management software for healthcare institutions, has announced the latest version of PACStore, a long-term archiving system that reportedly consolidates data from disparate PACS systems, enabling it to be centrally managed and accessed while providing federated search facilities.
PACStore improves clinician access to imaging data, enhances business continuity and reduces the IT storage and management burden of retaining imaging data over the long term, said Bridgehead Software.
By incorporating Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine (DICOM) storage class server and Health Level Seven (HL7) interface, PACStore software fully integrates into existing healthcare IT infrastructures. It creates a central repository for imaging data with a single point of access, added Bridgehead Software.
Data in the repository is automatically repositioned between different IT storage tiers during its lifetime to minimize storage costs. And because multiple copies of the data can be maintained in multiple geographic locations, the system improves business continuity and allows web-based access to DICOM images even when primary PACS systems are unavailable, according to Bridgehead Software.
Charles Mallio, vice president of business development and corporate marketing at BridgeHead Software, said: Radiologists and clinicians can easily search for images regardless of their source. DICOM data transmitted to PACStore is indexed and secured in a centralized repository, which can be searched from a convenient web interface. This does away with the need to perform multiple searches across disparate PACS; it offers convenience and time-savings to users.