Medweb PACS Bi-directional Web Interface Powers DoD/VA EMR Interoperability

Press Release | Medweb | December 2, 2013

Janus also supports multi-system legacy and IHE PACS gateway.

San Francisco, CA and Chicago, IL - Medweb announced today the successful implementation of the Medweb Multi PACS query engine and viewer that links to multiple PACS systems throughout the Department of Defense (DoD) and Veteran Affairs (VA). The Medweb Janus Broker provides the ability to select, display, and compare the studies from different PACS located in both facilities via a single worklist that is integrated into the JANUS Joint Legacy Viewer application.

Janus is a front-end web application that provides a common data view of "view-only, real-time" patient information from separate and distinct EMR and PACS. The common view combines similar data from each health information system and displays it chronologically on a single screen, eliminating the need for clinicians to access two separate applications to obtain complete patient information or multiple PACS to display the associated imaging. The Medweb system also syncs studies for coordinated comparison viewing and 3D viewing.

"Medweb is proud to be part of the Janus project by providing a consolidated Medweb gateway, viewer and interface to the VA's and DoD's PACS," says Pete Killcommons MD, CEO of Medweb. "Our solution is also compatible with the full IHE XDS protocols as well as legacy PACS interfaces. With this integration, patients-our returning and retired soldiers-will benefit from improved safety through timely access to DoD/VA shared data and the avoidance of unnecessary tests and diagnostic procedures."

Additionally, Janus is expected to help increase efficiency, which can impact both patient and staff satisfaction, and reduce the cost of healthcare delivery. At Tripler Army Medical Center (TAMC) and the VA Pacific Islands Health Care System (VAPIHCS) in Honolulu, DoD and VA clinicians can view patient records and PACS imaging though Janus. Janus provides all authorized DoD Composite Health Care System (CHCS) users and VA VistA users with a combined view of DoD/VA patient data records on a single screen.

Clinical sites that implemented Janus include:

* Audie L Murphy Memorial VA Hospital, San Antonio, TX
* VA Medical Center Anchorage, AK
* VA Palo Alto Hospital, Palo Alto, CA
* Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Bethesda, Maryland
* Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson Hospital, AK
* Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center, Richmond, VA
* James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital, Tampa, FL
* Minneapolis VA Medical Center, MN
* Tripler Army Medical Center, Honolulu, HI
* Captain James A Lovell Federal Health Care Center, Chicago, IL

Medweb's Multi-Health System Gateway provides a secure and efficient way to give clinicians access to all Radiology, EKG, or other clinical image studies that might exist for a patient, regardless of the medical record number or other variations that might occur between systems. The Medweb Multi-Health System Gateway incorporates a Robust HL7 Broker, as well as full IHE PIX PDQ functionality to allow seamless access to studies from multiple institutions. Medweb's sophisticated DICOM router also provides dynamic VNA functionality that simplifies retrieval from PACS that are not yet XDS or IHE compatible, while also providing robust XDS capabilities to connect to PACS with a native IHE/XDS interface.

About Medweb
Medweb has been setting the industry standards for Radiology and Telemedicine for over 20 years with secure, innovative, and easy to use solutions for a variety of government, military, commercial, academic and humanitarian Applications. The company's integrated ecosystem of Teleradiology, Telemedicine, mobile health and Disaster Response IT solutions includes a diverse array of image and data acquisition, routing, storage and display and mhealth technologies. Medweb provides a scalable, patented web and mobile-based HYBRID Radiology-Telemedicine PACS architecture that is fully customizable to meet the needs of clinical specialists and administrators. Medweb has designed and implemented hundreds of security enhancements beyond those available on most traditional PACS and telemedicine systems, as well as Real time consultation components that are ideal for the next generation of medical enterprises that are looking for ways to capitalize on the efficiencies of using the internet for medical consulting to improve patient satisfaction and increase efficiencies.

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