By late 2007 Melbourne-based Kestrel Computing had developed a radiology information system called Karisma, to manage the remote diagnostics for the Logan Hospital, south of Brisbane, and Qscan. Qscan rotates on-call duties at the hospital among its seven partners and associates, who are also equipped with laptops, the software, and Telstra Next G wireless broadband cards.
Karisma houses all details of a patient’s history from appointments and referrals to scans, reports and follow-ups. It interfaces with various picture archiving and consolidation systems (PACS) that retrieve and compress image-rich files housed in hospital and clinic servers, making it possible for specialists in remote locations to access data, even over a dial-up connection.
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