A Review of PACS on Cloud for Archiving Secure Medical Images

A Review of PACS on Cloud for Archiving Secure Medical Images

Ricardo Ferraro de Souza (Networks and Management Laboratory, Federal University of Santa Catarina, Florianópolis, Santa Catarina, Brazil), Carlos Becker Westphall (Networks and Management Laboratory, Federal University of Santa Catarina, Florianópolis, Santa Catarina, Brazil), Daniel R. dos Santos (Networks and Management Laboratory, Federal University of Santa Catarina, Florianópolis, Santa Catarina, Brazil) and Carla M. Westphall (Networks and Management Laboratory, Federal University of Santa Catarina, Florianópolis, Santa Catarina, Brazil)
DOI: 10.4018/ijphim.2013010104

Abstract

Clinics and Hospitals are acquiring increasingly technological resources that assist in a quicker and more accurate diagnosis, in order to make it more dynamic and effective. This is causing health entities seek more modern equipment and advanced technological resources. The exams come to doctors with information processed in many different software and hardware. With the large number of information contained in exam increases the size and number of images present in the patient exam. Over time the volume of images grows exponentially, saturated retention capacity of information contained in Storage. The acquisition of new hardware to support accumulation of Terabytes size has been a major problem in these institutions. Thus this article demonstrates a scalable and less impactful on the environment, because it promotes energy savings, consumption of film and paper used in the printing of reports. PACS on Cloud proves efficient for archiving medical images, enabling access to the examination / patient report of any locality, being independent platform used for access.
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2. Background

Patient's medical records, consultations, laboratory and medical reports, medical imaging and drugs are some of the items of patient's medical history, which becomes increasingly complex, containing important data growing exponentially. This history is the total care of the patient, which in addition to health care and other chores need to keep in a safe place all of this information. A growing number of cases that patients undergoing the query without the reports of examinations and other necessary documents, hindering and delaying an accurate diagnosis and effective.

Every day patients are treated at health centers, pharmacies and emergency rooms of hospitals in emergencies, requiring surgical intervention, or any other clinical procedure, these procedures require attention and historical conditions of the patient, which is not always this information comes the doctor's hands.

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