Pacific Medical Technology Symposium (1998)
Aug. 17, 1998 to Aug. 20, 1998
David F. Vanderburgh , 3' d Medical Group
After two years of extensive planning, the Department of Radiology at the 3rd MG (Medical Group, Elmendorf AFB, Anchorage, Alaska) established the Prst functional PACS in Alaska. Project Akamai provided the funding and planning expertise with (Department of Defense) DOD research dollars through a consortium of outstanding managers and consultants. Utilizing research money outside the 3& MG budget had both disadvantages and advantages. The 3' d MG Radiology department faced many political issues securing a final purchase order, similar to any hospital purchasing a multimillion-dollar system. The final purchase order, installation, acceptance testing, training, and equipment integration (many systems including a GE PACS, Dejarnette gateways, Fuji CR, Access and Medweb servers, and Lumisys scanners) proceeded with great success. After one year of PACS, clinician acceptance is great because of increased radiology department service. The lessons learned are extremely vital as the 3rd MG moves into a new hospital with a newer and expanded PACS integrating with the Federal Health Care Partners at the VA hospital, Bassett Army Medcal Hospital (Fairbanks), Kodiak (Coast Guard), and the new Alaska Native Medical Center.
D. F. Vanderburgh, "PACS and Teleradiology at the 3rd Medical Group, Elmendorf AFB, Alaska," Pacific Medical Technology Symposium(PACMEDTEK), Honolulu, Hawaii, 1998, pp. 125.