Bridging the GAP
ConfidentialmScope: Bridging the Gap
Software Technology: that bridges the gap between all the medical images being created today and the users
mScope: One platform for all medical imaging needsmScope: One viewer for all medical imagesmScope: Server technology requiring no installation on individual ComputersmScope: runs on Linux, Unix, Windows, Mac, etc. mScope: uses and adapts to future image standards
mScope: an industrial solution for serious imaging needs
ConfidentialHamamatsuGrossing stationEndoscopyOlympusMedical Image Management TodayHospital 1Hospital 2
StorageHospital 1Hospital 2Electronic Health Records PACSLab Information SystemHamamatsuGrossing stationEndoscopyOlympusmScopeImageTransferNetworkPlatform
DICOMHL7Medical Image Management Solution
Quality Images available remotely
Image Quality: Pixel for Pixel integration and display
mScope interfaces with the imaging equipment directly and does not touch or change the image
We guarantee the preservation of the initial quality of the image
All Image Formats
Unconstrained access to all types of images Image:
Works with every type of image:Flat images, Jpeg 2000, Video, Digital Slide, DICOM (Radiology), Pyramidal, 3D etcAbility to manage and make available all images, not just radiology and flat imagesStore and Manage in native format
IT System Flexibility Flexibility: Open systems
Runs on Linux, Unix, Windows, MAC based, Stand alone, intranet or internet
mScope will adapt to the current IT environment of all the different users No need to change IT hardware or operating systemsNo installation on the user computerLeverage the power of the web
Compatibility and Flexibility
Compatible: Hardware vendor neutral Connects to any existing scanners or Imaging Equipment :
No need to change the current imaging equipment Freedom of choice of imaging equipment that is available to the medical professional Can use several brand of imaging equipment or softwareNo need to be vendor exclusive
Collaboration and Sharing Collaboration and Sharing Anytime, Anywhere:
Enhance the collaboration of experts and the sharing of information between colleagues for training or for second opinions, anywhere in the world, anytimeWhile preserving the authenticity of the image allow direct physical annotation and personal meta taggingSeamless and secured Collaboration and sharing through firewall and closed network (Army)
Integration with existing systems
Universal Integration and Interoperability
Integrate with any PACS, RIS, LIS, HIS
Integrate with current diagnostic and analyses toolsNo need to change workflow or change information systemsIntegrate with specialized viewers
Achievement and ReferencesFirst Multi Army project (2007)First multi hospital pathology platform (2005)Largest multi image medical platform (Spain 2007)Technology partner of the largest group of hospital in EuropeFirst Pathology image platform integrated into a EPR(2005)First multi image platform integrated into EPR(2007)First multi country imaging platform
Benefit for the medical teamPreserve the initial quality of the image even for remote access or large files (Pixel for Pixel)Allows universal collaboration and sharing of any imagesRationalize the use of all medical imagesHigh level of security Allow the use of different brand research and diagnostic tools on the same image Adapts to future image standardsFreedom to choose any imaging vendorsAllow images into non imaging application (EPR)Increase the number of images being viewed for diagnostic or research
Benefit for the IT departmentIndustrial grade systemProven high performance systemTotal scalability to grow with the needs of the doctorAdapt to the current IT infrastructureTechnology that does not require local software installationEasily integrate with existing and future corporate wide application (PACS, EPR, LIS, HIS)Worry free solution
Benefits SummaryOne universal viewer for all imagesNo need to install software on each computerEasy secured access to medical images created anywhereSharing of medical images all over the worldConferencing and collaboration anywhere anytimeLibrary of images with annotations, tagging and notes Teaching applicationResearch applicationDiagnosis at long distanceOverall rationalization of the use of medical images
Started in 2002
World expert in imaging technology and image format
Aurora MSC expertise is to develop infrastructure software to manage medical images for health care.
International Presence : Toronto, Montreal, Frankfurt, Vienna, Milan, Paris and Madrid
Auroras solution can meet the needs of the medical professional and the needs of the IT professional.
Clients in 8 countries
Contact: Lysanne Bullenlbullen@auroramsc.comCell: 514-265-7417
Montral office:1425 Ren-Levesque, Suite 906Montral, Qubec, H3G 1T7514-664-4745 #240
***This slide explains our vision of the current problems with medical images in a typical health care institution.
Many doctors and departments in a hospital are using and creating medical images. It is not always obvious to the IT department or the CIO however when we speak with the physicians about imaging we find out that the physicians are creating medical images at some level.
Lets take the example of a doctor in Hospital 2 that wants to work with digital slides and has bought an Olympus scanner. He uses a specific software (blue rectangle) to interact with the image. This software can be as simple as a file management application or as complex as a pre diagnostic tool. The images are stored (blue cylinder) somewhere on the network if we are lucky but most of the time on a laptop or on a desktop in the office of the doctor. He uses a specific viewer software that he has installed on his computer to look at the image.
Then we have another doctor whose interest is in creating video files in endoscopy. He has special equipment to create the video, a software (yellow rectangle) to interact with the video, and the video files are stored (yellow cylinder) somewhere on a computer or server. Once again the software can be anything complex or simple. He uses a specific viewer to see the videos.
Now we have a third doctor that can be located in another hospital, Hospital 1. He uses a digital camera that he bought at any electronic store to create flat images in dermatology for example. Once again he uses a specific software (green rectangle) and stores the image somewhere (green cylinder).
Now lets suppose that a doctor wants to work like the first doctor with digital slides but he acquired a Hamamatsu device because he believes this device is better suited for his needs than the Olympus scanner. He too will use a specific software (red rectangle), will store the images somewhere (red cylinder) and will uses a specific viewer.
The problem is that all these imaging formats and software are incompatible.
Most doctors want to interact and work with each other. The only way to achieve full collaboration between the doctors is to create what we call a spaghetti architecture. The spaghetti architecture is necessary because it is necessary for each individual viewer software be installed on each doctors computer in order to see each others images. This architecture is obviously not efficient and will create huge It issues to maintain and implement. Furthermore doctors will have to use each other viewers to see the images if they are created by other doctors.
*In order to rationalize the use of images inside a hospital or a group of hospitals, we suggest the following:
First, install a conceptual centralized image storage (left hand side of the screen). If the hospitals have to migrate all information to a centralized server it could take 3 to 5 years to achieve this and there may be the odd project that can not use the central repository.
The conceptual centralized storage manages the complexity of the various repositories storing images for the IT department. The conceptual storage will be able to store or retrieve information at the right place without having to determine the location every single time. This architecture also simplifies the migration of images once a central storage is established because the migration can then be done in stages depending on the needs and budgets.
The next step is to have a single platform to manage all images. This platform will work in conjunction with the conceptual storage to create an interface that will manage all complexity linked to the images. The platform has all the required standards for the interoperability inside the medical institution.
The last piece is a unique viewer for all images. This viewer can read any format and all images. The doctor may have his or her own specialized viewer for specific research or diagnostic work, however for seeing everyone elses images the mScope viewer could be used. There is no need to install the viewer on any one computer.
This architecture also simplifies the connection to centralized medical data systems such as Lab Information Ssystems, Electronic Patient Records and PACS.
It is important to note that we have not changed the doctors method of creating images. From the doctor perspective we leave him/her total flexibility in the choice of the imaging equipment and imaging software. A doctor will never make a choice of equipment based on IT considerations. His consideration are based on what is best for his patient and research. ITs role is to make it possible for the doctor to use the equipment that best meets the needs for patient care. The IT can now make it easily work for the doctors and can also install a solid platform that is reliable and scalable.
Due to the architecture that Aurora has developed, we have rationalized the use of medical images inside the hospital while giving flexibility of choice to the doctor of the equipment and imaging or diagnosing software that is the best for treating the patients.