DICOM Archive - KellerMed Technologies

By: Kellermed Technologies  05-Apr-2012

The AcuoMed Image Manager is a secure, open-system software solution for transporting, storing, tracking and retrieving digital images across an entire DICOM network.  Capabilities for each AcuoMed server node are defined and activated by a “software feature key.” Installation of feature keys is fast, simple and efficient. Feature keys define storage size limits, the number of supported IP addresses, and the number of routes, rules and DICOM databases that can be configured and utilized. This capability empowers customers with the ability to purchase only the functionality they require at the moment. This is just one of the many ways Acuo reduces the cost of DICOM storage for healthcare facilities.

AcuoMed works in conjunction with AcuoStore, a digital asset manager. AcuoStore serves as a digital vault, communicating the instructions of AcuoMed with the diverse DICOM storage devices in which digital DICOM image and patient information is contained. Working in tandem, AcuoMed/AcuoStore bridge the communications gap between two or more PACS of different manufacturers and among DICOM image management systems of different “ologies”, such as radiology and cardiology.

They are designed to unify the diversified elements of any medical facility “going digital”. They make comprehensive access to HL-7 and DICOM-based information from a single keyboard workstation a reality.

AcuoMed is a federated framework which is peer-aware through DICOM. A solution so flexible that it can run on a laptop or scale up and out to meet the needs of the most demanding enterprise. 

Primary Functionality
  • Operates on Microsoft® Windows® 2003 Server, 2000 Server, Windows® XP Professional, Windows® 2000 Professional as a client workstation.
  • Microsoft® SQL database interface.
  • Configures and interconnects all existing DICOM data archives and storage media configurations (DAS, NAS, SAN).
  • Interfaces with all DICOM 3.0 compatible equipment. Supports DICOM Structured Reports (SR) and any available DICOM storage SOP class.
  • AcuoMed server(s) function as primary archive or run in parallel to main archive(s).
  • Hassle-free, boundary free, scalable design
  • Installation, configuration, validation and activation in less than one day
  • Centralized or distributed XML data movement around any-sized network
  • Complex image routing and retrieval requirements, through batch store management and selectable compression.
  • DICOM Tag Routing – Content aware router dynamically caches, queues with priority, compress and encrypts data through an automatic yet tightly controlled batch interface to trigger efficient packet movement to in-network storage.
  • Effectively manages image transfer bottlenecks associated with movement of large sets of images (multi-slice CT) and large data sets (digital mammography).
  • Overcomes network bottlenecks and optimizes performance of network constrained systems.
  • Peer-Awareness through Enterprise DICOM Aggregation converts point-to-point DICOM into point-to-multipoint functionality enabling a network of peer-aware nodes.
  • Secure and HIPAA compliant – easy to access/easy to understand comprehensive audit reporting for any individual image in the system.
  • Communicates with and unifies data from multiple information systems (HIS, RIS, CIS) and multiple PACS of the same or different vendors through open protocols such as DICOM Modality Worklist, HL7 (v5.0) and XML (v5.0).
  • Data synchronization features automates and streamlines the process of updating data for all relevant entities within disparate systems.
  • Duplicates Processing functionality –Retain multiple versions of the same image through content-based mechanism or intelligently keep only relevant versions while maintaining a full journal of changes within each self-describing image.
  • Invisible data migration with the addition of Acuo’s Data Migration components - ADAM

AcuoStore Digital Asset Manager

AcuoStore is a digital asset retrieval service that lets users store, track, and retrieve virtually any type of digital asset from a client application such as AcuoMed. Functioning like a digital vault for the client application, AcuoStore checks digital assets in to and out of storage archives that have been configured to store digital assets. Featuring an easy-to-use interface AcuoStore allows an administrator to set up and manage secure, easily expandable storage archives on devices such as DAS, SAN, NAS, tapes and other Windows compatible storage devices.

AcuoStore receives a digital asset from a subscriber, such as AcuoMed, assigns it a Globally Unique ID (GUID) and then returns it to the subscriber. The GUID identifies the specific asset for future retrieval. When the subscribing application program wants to retrieve a digital asset, it presents the GUID, which then make the asset locally available. In essence, the AcuoStore Digital Asset Manager serves as a digital vault between the subscriber and a virtualized set of physical storage locations.

AcuoStore also includes multithreaded integration directly to EMC’s Content Address Storage, Centera®. Through AcuoStore’s integration to Centera® and AcuoMed’s content and policy based management of DICOM data, AcuoStore can offer true Information Life Cycle Management (ILM).

The strength of AcuoStore is in its ability to provide a simple,  straightforward method of organizing digital assets into safe, easily accessible and expandable storage compartments using economic Microsoft® Windows® server technology.

Primary Functionality:
  • AcuoStore password-level security works in conjunction with standard ® SQL Server security.
  • Managed share architecture uses logical mapping to enable digital information to flow to and from multiple, diverse storage devices such as RAID disk arrays, servers, optical drives and spinning disks.
  • Ability to allow multiple applications serving different subscribers to securely use the same managed share.
  • “Coat check” feature enables data to be stored where it is most convenient. AcuoStore locates and consolidates the information it is seeking regardless of the number of locations in which it is located.
  • One key NTFS interface simplifies management.
  • “Virtual” image segregation “isolates” data generated at a specific location or by a specific application (such as digital mammography) – allowing ILM.
  • Remote management through secure Intranet or via a Virtual Private Network with Microsoft® Management Console or through Remote Desktop.
  • Ability to define and allocate storage utilization to specific “subscribers” enables assignment of storage costs by department or user group.
  • Automated system backup and efficient disaster recovery capability
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