Three comprehensive and scalable solutions usher in the birth of the digital imaging laboratory. Hewlett-Packard Company has developed a series of innovative tools for advanced echocardiography image-management, ranging from on-board study management to fully networked systems. The suite of capabilities includes the new HP Study Manager, an on-board study- management application, the novel HP integrated digital interface, and also the HP EnConcert echo-information management system. The delivery of the digital laboratory is bound to change the face of echocardiography, as stated by Greg Petras, general manager of HP's Imaging Systems Division.
HP's digital laboratory solutions are designed to assist clinicians in capturing, storing, transferring, retrieving and using complete ultrasound examinations, without sacrificing image quality. The recent introduction of digital standards, optical disks, and networking solutions are expanding the frontiers of information management and sharing, by eliminating miles of videotape in the process, according to Greg Petras' conviction. The digital lab starts with the company's popular on-board digital ultrasound imaging platforms.
The HP Study Manager constitutes an integrated digital solution to acquire, review, and edit complete patient studies on the HP ImagePoint Hx and HP SONOS systems. The HP Study Manager can be configured to meet specific protocols, allowing clinicians to rapidly review and define the clinical content of a study before saving it to optical disk or exporting it to a network. This system automatically presents the measurements, calculations and controls appropriate to the image being reviewed. Loops can be stored in a variety of lengths, providing users with the flexibility to capture complex anatomy and physiology for later review.
From the HP Study Manager, it is possible to transmit information to the HP EnConcert echo-information management system or to servers, which are DICOM-compliant, via the newly integrated digital interface for the SONOS platform. The integrated digital interface enables users to acquire multiple studies from several patient bedsides, store them on-board a SONOS system, and automatically export the studies when reconnected to the network. The integrated digital interface applies loss-less compression for HP EnConcert networking to ensure that the full clinical quality of the study is exported to the EnConcert server.
The HP EnConcert echo-image management system forms a suite of software applications, which enable the acquisition, analysis, reporting, archiving and maintenance of echo data. To help improve efficiency within the digital lab, the HP EnConcert system offers access to the most important views in any study via thumbnail, dual-screen and quad-screen displays. Users simply have to point and click on the image they want to review instead of rewinding and fast-forwarding through videotapes to find the correct views. EnConcert is based on industry standards, such as Microsoft Windows NT and Software Query Language server database, Intel-based PCs, and HTML reporting.
In this way, the access and management of patient studies is simplified and the sharing of clinical files and images is facilitated. The system stores image data in the same format as it is received. DICOM files and HP DSR images are stored as DSR/TIFF files. Complete reports are stored as HTML files. HP EnConcert can serve as the entry point to a complete tele-echocardiography solution, bringing remote diagnostics, distance learning, as well as expert consultation to all corners of the globe. System installation, integration, and support for all HP information management solutions are provided by HP's customer service and support organization.