Department of Defense Picture Archiving and Communication System Acceptance Testing: Results and Identification of Problem Components
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The PACS implementation process is complicated requiring a tremendous amount of time, resources, and planning. The Department of Defense (DOD) has significant experience in developing and refining PACS acceptance testing (AT) protocols that assure contract compliance, clinical safety, and functionality. The DOD’s AT experience under the initial Medical Diagnostic Imaging Support System contract led to the current Digital Imaging Network–Picture Archiving and Communications Systems (DIN-PACS) contract AT protocol. To identify the most common system and component deficiencies under the current DIN-PACS AT protocol, 14 tri-service sites were evaluated during 1998–2000. Sixteen system deficiency citations with 154 separate types of limitations were noted with problems involving the workstation, interfaces, and the Radiology Information System comprising more than 50% of the citations. Larger PACS deployments were associated with a higher number of deficiencies. The most commonly cited systems deficiencies were among the most expensive components of the PACS.
Key wordsPACS acceptance testing workstation clinical use determination monitors HIS RIS DIN-PACS MDIS
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