During my free time I have been working on a hardware/software solution for managing patient files, specifically those found in small medical practices that utilize ultrasound machines. But due to the relative high costs of PACS machines, small practices tend not to opt for this option and as a consequence have no means of maintaining detailed records of patient visits. In fact, many still operate in a paper-based world.
MediRAID, as I call it, fills that gap. It is in essence a hardware/software solution that in many ways provides basic PACS functionality at minimal cost. In short, it is a scaled down version of the bigger PACS system, providing features like viewing/archiving/retrieval yet at the same time offering a little more in the way of patient management, i.e.: appointment/note/file management. Moreover, the solution is capable of interconnecting using DICOM, the method by which medical devices communicate with one another.
The RAID in the name refers to a rather common technology used in the enterprise IT world, and is an acronym for Redundant Array of Independent Disks – in essence a means of ensuring data protection in the event of disk failure. All data stored on MediRAID is protected against such failure.
Initially, the goal was to design a simple interface such that files can be readily viewable and searchable from storage but the project rather quickly grew larger in scope, with additional functionality. To illustrate this, see the screens below.