Today, many exams enter the hospital at the departmental level through a series of ETIAM Viewer Windows-based applications running on Clinical Desks within each department, with manual assistance from Clinical Desk clerks.
For external CD consults, physicians immediately open, display and read exams on any CD/DVD, whatever the format, using ETIAM Viewer. This even includes difficult-to-read Philips/iSite and AMICAS PACS files. The world-renowned hospital has more than 4,000 ETIAM Viewer workstations running on local PCs hospital-wide. However, for easier maintenance, the application is managed centrally.
After images are viewed, the innovative software helps the hospital automatically integrate the relevant exams into the PACS, and to make sure all information is accurate and unique to each patient.
To initiate the process, ETIAM Viewer creates a unique online form which is automatically populated with all information from the DICOM exam header. If the patient is new to the Center, a unique patient identifier is created. Alternatively, the clerk works with the patient to identify an existing number. Clerks also manually enter information such as the doctor’s name and telephone number. Exams are copied to a local server where they are cached. If the CD contains multiple exams for various medical conditions, the clerk selects only the relevant ones.