As a CTO of a Healthcare IT company that specializes in DICOM and HL7 routing and integration, I am often asked about router performance, average transmission times, maximum transfer speed and so on. Most of the time, my answer is “it depends”, which, of course, is not the best answer. I also always immediately add “it depends on your hardware and network speed”. While this is a little better, it’s still not the answer our potential customers are looking for.
The thing is, the average transmission time question is not always easy to answer, as no two facilities are alike, but I attempt to do that in this post. Obviously, this post is aimed at enterprise customers who care about performance, speed and image time turnaround time. Also, it is very important to see how transformation and workflow rules affect the speed. So, we set out to perform a series of tests to determine the bottlenecks and make sure that our software is using all the available resources efficiently.
The tests were performed in cooperation with a major Teleradilogy group that processes over 1.5 million studies a year and, in addition to quality, the turnaround time of studies and reports is the main concern for the company. I sat down with their Director of IT and carefully designed the tests. Curious about the results? Please take a look at the document with all the details at white papers and let us know what you think.
Can you feed a router that processes 4.1 Billion images per year?
Dmitriy Tochilnik, CTO