Medical data archiving is required by HIPPA. It used to be that patient records and medical film was stored in a physical location. However, this process was space and time consuming. Now PACS are used for this reason. A medical imaging technology which provides economical storage of, and convenient access to, images from multiple stations is called a picture archiving and communication system (PACS). Electronic images and reports are transmitted digitally via PACS; this eliminates the need to manually file, retrieve, or transport film jackets.
A PACS consists of four major components one of which is an archive for the storage and retrieval of images and reports. Combined with available and emerging web technology, PACS has the ability to deliver timely and efficient access to images, interpretations, and related data. PACS breaks down the physical and time barriers associated with traditional film-based image retrieval, distribution, and display.
PACS Storage Software and Servers have four main uses:
- - Manage the exploding volume and increasing file sizes of digital images.
- - Meet the growing demands of medical records retention.
- - Leverage affordable image sharing and archiving that is easy to deploy and manage.
- - Enable compliance with HIPAA and other relevant privacy regulations.
PACS radiology equipment can help your clinic run smoother and make managing your digital medical files much easier. PACS works as a single unit in order to provide not only presentations and reports but also measurements and more. Because the image files are digital and include all patient information, the system reduces both the space and cost of image storage and filing and the time required to retrieve them when necessary. Gone are the days when it required large rooms and many hours to locate records. Nor is there any longer danger of patient records becoming separated from the images.
According to HIPPA (health care Information Privacy and Protection Act) you must store your images for a period of 7 years. Most practices only need less than 6-12 months of online storage and then resort to archiving the images elsewhere. Our solutions feature a DVD burner for backing up your system on a daily, weekly or monthly basis. If you are looking for a more enterprise solution our remote archive solution might be it. Our remote archive stores your sensitive patient information in a secure off-site location.