Open Business Systems, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Osage Systems Group Inc., has implemented the Asynchronous Transfer Mode (ATM) network for the Assembly and Annual Meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA), which took place in December 1998 at McCormick Place in Chicago. During the conference, the RSNAnet was intensively used for teleradiology and telemedicine simulations, in order to demonstrate to the audience of health care professionals how this type of applications can be used efficiently in a real life hospital setting.
The RSNAnet enabled the conference organizers equally to show the importance of Picture Archiving and Communications Systems (PACS) and the Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine (DICOM) standard to the representatives of the medical imaging industry. In addition, more than 80 commercial exhibitors were offered a chance to exchange medical images and e-mail over the Internet. Next to this, almost 1500 TCP/IP nodes were provided with connection facilities within the convention complex of McCormick Place.
Open Business Systems, in its role as provider of the ATM network for RSNA, anticipates to accelerate the acceptance of the DICOM standard for medical imaging, since DICOM definitely will supply more options for high resolution visualization to the specialized health care institutions. In turn, the health care consumer will largely benefit from the newly developed yet cost-effective medical imaging solutions.
The ATM network at RSNA integrated voice, video, as well as data networking technologies and included products from several vendors. The exhibitors were able to choose from various connection options, such as Ethernet, Fast Ethernet, Fibre Distributed Data Interface (FDDI) and ATM or Asynchronous Transfer Mode (ATM) over an OC-12 ATM backbone. Other contributors to the RSNAnet '98 included Sun Microsystems, FORE Systems, Cisco Systems, WinStar, Compaq, and Visio.