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January 28, 2011

OmniPACS® is a Global Web Based Medical Image Exchange service. OmniPACS® allows people to share medical images in a way that is practical, safe and easy to use. A Cloud Based Medical Imaging Platform, it combines the best technologies from Diagnostic Medical Imaging with the best of breed innovations from Web 2.0 and Social Media.

OmniPACS® offers easy to use web based tools that can be used to acquire, store, and share Medical Images. With our web based platform we allow Patients, Professionals and Providers to have secure access to these images. OmniPACS®’ empowers better patient care and outcomes by bringing people together.


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Is OmniPACS HIPAA Compliant?

Compliance with state and federal regulations regarding patient confidentiality, security, and privacy is the responsibility of all health care providers and related covered entities, including OmniPACS. OmniPACS has been developed with the best and most innovated security and encryption technologies to assure that the privacy of our data is protected. Thus, we take our participation in the chain of trust required to maintain HIPAA compliance very seriously and offer our users the best and latest standards in data protection and privacy.

Is OmniPACS DICOM Compliant?

OmniPACS is a cloud-based DICOM store for professional collaboration and social networking. We offer DICOM compliant diagnostic tools to interpret and diagnose medical images. At OmniPACS we use a combination of proprietary and “Open Source” software to power the system and all our tools and applications are all DICOM compliant. Our DICOM conformance statement which goes into further detail is located in our “Supporting Documents” Section.

Is OmniPACS FDA Approved?

OmniPACS is a Public Healthcare Platform for online collaboration and professional diagnosis. Our core DICOM engine, data storage, and diagnostic viewer are fully FDA compliant as a Class II device with full 510K privileges. Our FDA registration and additional information regarding our fillings with the FDA can be found in the “Supporting Documents” section.

How do I upload data to my account?

Uploading data to your account is easy and secure. Once you’ve signed up for an account – you can go to the “Routing” option/tab to download and install our OmniRouter®. The OmniConnector™ is a small software application that can be downloaded and distributed to as many parties as you like and can be used to upload data to your OmniPACS account. There are two ways to use the OmniRouter:

  1. Download and Install the OmniRouter and use it to upload individual files. We support all DICOM, JPG, GIFF, PIC, TIFF, and PDF formats.
  2. Download and install the OmniRouter and point your imaging modalities to it for real time capture from the modality. This option is optimal for high volume accounts, including hospitals, imaging centers, and doctors offices. More information regarding the setup and use of the OmniRouter can be found in our “How To” Section (see the “OmniRouter How To”).

What Medical Imaging Modalities does OmniPACS support?

OmniPACS will display all DICOM compliant images of many different modalities (CT, MR, US, CR, DR, XA, NM, SC, etc.) Please note while our system supports the storage and display of many different modalities – the FDA does have additional guidelines requiring Monitor or Displays to be of specific resolution for viewing.

How do I share data with my account?

The ability to share data is the reason OmniPACS was developed. But before you can share data you need to make sure you’ve followed the basic prerequisite steps.

To Begin: build your network of Contacts. Add the individual or party you would like to share studies with to your contacts. If they are not yet members, then start by sending them an invitation to OmniPACS. In either case they will need to accept your invitation in order to become a network contact of yours.

You can share studies in two ways:

  1. Share data by creating groups. You can create a group by applying rules and filters that allow discrete views of your data, such that you choose the information and images others may see and access. Once you have created groups, you can “Add your contact/s” to any group and when they login to their account they will see only the data that has been defined in the group rules.
  2. Share individual studies or some number of studies with a contact. You can pick and choose individual studies to share with one of your contacts. For example, you can run searches through your available data and choose one to many studies to be shared once with one or more contacts.

Can I use OmniPACS with my existing PACS?

Yes – OmniPACS is intended to integrate with your PACS. OmniPACS offers many added benefits to your current PACS, including:

  1. Extending your PACS to allow multi-party collaboration and web based distribution of images (this can include patients, doctors, and other medical practices like referring physicians);
  2. Providing an offsite Archive, in conjunction with your existing PACS – its easy to integrate. Please see a list of our “Archive Distribution Partners” for competitive rates and full service organizations that can help you implement OmniPACS as an archive.

Can I use OmniPACS to send data to an existing workstation?

Yes – OmniPACS is specifically designed for the acquisition, storage, and distribution of Medical Images. The distribution piece happens implicitly when you use our embedded web viewers to access your data but you can also set up a target workstation to receive updates of images from your OmniPACS account. Please contact Support or your technical sales liaison should you desire to setup your workstation to receive studies from your account.

How much does OmniPACS Cost?

OmniPACS is free for use as a public imaging platform. Patients, referring physicians, and other professionals use the system to collaborate and conduct business. OmniPACS will provide you with free storage of 20 images. After 20 image transmissions there will be a per study transmission and storage fee assessed for the study.

If you are a business user and anticipate sending large volumes, you may elect one of our subscription packages, which will allow you to receive a discounted cost per study, based on volume. Much like the modern day Mobile Phone contract – you can find a plan that is tailored to your level of account usage.

Please contact your technical sales liaison about our subscription packages for professionals, corporations, and distributors.

I’m a Patient – how do I access my data on OmniPACS?

You can use an OmniPACS account like a personal health record. to access and store your medical images. As a patient you can upload data directly to the system, using the OmniRouter or ask your service provider to “share” the study with you and it should appear in your account.

I am a Provider – how do I burn a CD for a patient who requests a study?

At OmniPACS we are firm believers in remaining portable and electronic. Burning CD or DVD media is not our preferred method of sharing information. We encourage all users who are sharing information to share studies securely through the platforms. Example – if a patient asks for a cd or dvd – you should ask for their email -> invite them to the platform (on the contacts page) -> and once connected share the single study with them. This same concept should apply to whomever requires access – it should always – if possible – be shared through online access and system.

If creating portable media is an absolute requirement we do provide some tools that can make this happen. Currently our platform and viewer will allow you to export data in a number of formats (gif, jpg, and DICOM) you can do this by pulling up the study in the viewer -> click data on the right hand side of the screen -> click export -> choose a file format -> choose a directory location -> hit export. This will create local files of the study that can be copied onto a cd or dvd for further use and distribution.

How do I become an OmniPACS reseller or distribution partner?

OmniPACS has recently release a reseller portal that allows businesses to sell branded OmniPACS services. Details are available in our Reseller How-to’s included here on the wiki but the feature is accessed on your “Settings” tab. Choose – become a reseller at the bottom of the screen and the many options that enable you to create a distributors account will appear.

Why do I receive an “Out of Memory” error when loading some studies?

This is happening because your default memory setting in Java Settings is too small for large medical images. You can change the setting as follows:

  1. Open the control panel for Windows.
  2. Locate and click the “Java” control panel icon.
  3. Within the Java control panel, select the “Java” tab.
  4. Click the “View” button within the “Java Runtime Settings” section.
  5. You should see a column named Java Runtime Parameters. In this field for your specific Java version enter the value “-Xmx512m” then click “OK”.

You can confirm whether or not the change has been configured successfully by logging into CHILI/Web, clicking on Setup, selecting the “Memory” tab and looking at the value next to “Maximum memory available”. If you’ve configured the value in step 5 above to “-Xmx512m”, then you should see “Maximum memory available 508 MB”.

How do I configure studies to cache locally on my computer when viewed?

Setting up a local cache is easy and must be done from within the PACS viewer. Once you’ve launched into a study in the PACS viewer please do the following:

  1. Log into OmniPACS and view any study.
  2. Click the “Setup” button on the right side of the CHILI interface.
  3. Select the “Local cache” tab.
  4. Select a folder on your local machine in the “Destination” section to use as your study cache location.
  5. Adjust the slider under the “Size” section to set the cache size in MB.
  6. Click the “Save” button on the bottom.