1. Free of specialized hardware
Look for an image viewing platform that does not require specialized hardware, such as GPUs. This will reduce immediate upfront costs, long-term maintenance costs and remove failures.
2. Unparalleled scalability
As your enterprise grows and changes, you want an image viewing platform that is flexible enough to grow and change with your needs. Look for a viewing technology that has the ability to adapt to your organization and scale as required.
3. Effectively handles network latency
Speed is very important when accessing images, and network latency is often a hindrance. Look for an image viewing platform that will minimize the effects of network latency in its architecture and optimizes user’s experiences.
4. Robust underlying architecture
Look for an image viewing platform that is based on one development base for enterprise & diagnostic users, and all technologies (HTML5, flash). This ensures the same user experience for all users and allows the image viewing solution to quickly adapt to new technologies.
5. Seamlessly integrate with your existing systems
Look for an image viewing platform with the ability to integrate and federate across your disparate systems, providing your organization with more flexibility on your deployment & downtime strategies. It also ensures the user has access to the most recent study available from all systems in an aggregated view.
6. Diagnostic quality images, all of the time
An image viewer that is diagnostic even during image manipulation, like scroll, zoom, and pan, will provide users with the performance of a PACS workstation. This functionality is a rare feature, but has positive clinical and regulatory benefits.
7. Regulatory requirements & patient privacy
Ensure the solution has the appropriate regulatory classification for your location and your intended use. In the US, the image viewing platform should be FDA Class II certified. Also verify the viewing platform does not store any patient information, on any device.
8. Business continuity & disaster recovery
Redundancy and failover are critical to ensuring business continuity. Ensure the image viewing platform you consider meets these requirements in a cost effective manner, is simple to maintain, quick to deploy, and available 24/7/365.
9. Real-time collaboration
The image viewing platform should provide real-time collaboration of diagnostic quality images, which will enable a productive collaboration session. Most solutions do not provide diagnostic quality images during collaboration, look for one that does.
10. Rich toolset for enterprise & diagnostic users
Ensure the image viewing platform supports a wide array of features and image types, such as hanging protocols, MIP/MPR and 3D, multiple monitors, saving & displaying GSPS objects, smart measurement tools, breast tomosynthesis, ECG waveforms, and US echocardiograms.