[LINK] Power failure lasting 36 hours cripples hospital care

Stilgherrian stil at stilgherrian.com
Wed May 6 11:29:16 AEST 2009

On 06/05/2009, at 11:07 AM, Glen Turner wrote:
> By then the cost of CCD-based X-ray systems will have fallen
> to under that of film-based systems. So there won't be any
> analogue alternative. Let's hope the digital systems use
> open standards, so when all else fails the movie can be
> written to a USB stick and viewed on a typical computer.

One of my clients is a ENT surgical practise which has installed a  
MiniCAT scanner. It generates a 3D model of a patient's head in 40  
seconds. Cute. It writes out the data as a series of TIFF files which,  
yes, can by put onto a USB stick.

I'm also assuming that everyone in health is sensible enough to use  
the HL7 standard, which is an XML-based data format for everything  
from a CAT scan report to Ms Jones cancelling her 3pm appointment?


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