Navigating uncharted waters: The DICOM protocol and the unique nature of the project
In veterinary practices, performing an X-ray scan and associating it with the correct examination file is a complex and time-consuming task that demands substantial manual effort from veterinarians. They must enter examination details into the X-ray machine, initiate the scan, locate the resulting image, convert it into a photo format, and manually link it to the relevant examination file within the Millerfox software. This complicated process not only consumes valuable time but also introduces the risk of errors in data entry or misplacement of images.
A unique collaboration
This project diverged from our typical scope, involving extensive hardware integration, a field we had yet to explore broadly. Our colleague, Benjamin Janssens, visited a veterinary practice to understand the Vet-Files system and X-ray apparatus better. This visit was key in comprehending the project's requirements and the real-world challenges faced by veterinarians.
During our project's "think" phase, we conducted a thorough technical analysis to determine the most effective means of enabling seamless communication between the Millerfox software and X-ray hardware. Our efforts contained documenting the workflow, creating sequence diagrams, and employing visual aids such as photos to clarify the process. This phase proved key in shaping our understanding of the project and developing a robust strategy for the next 'build' phase.
The result: Enhanced efficiency and streamlined processes
Our solution addressed the challenges faced by Millerfox by seamlessly integrating their software with veterinarians' X-ray hardware. This integration automated the previously manual steps involved in conducting an X-ray scan and associating it with the correct examination file.
Our answer facilitated direct communication between the Millerfox software and the X-ray machine. When a veterinarian initiated an X-ray scan, the client's data was automatically retrieved from the Millerfox software and inputted into the X-ray machine. The resulting scan was converted into a photo format and effortlessly attached to the corresponding examination file within the Millerfox software.
This automation revolutionized the process of conducting X-ray scans and managing associated images. It eliminated the need for laborious manual data entry and simplified image management, substantially reducing the potential for human error and saving valuable time for veterinarians. Additionally, the solution significantly improved the user experience of the Millerfox software, rendering it more efficient and user-friendly for its diverse user base.
We successfully delivered this transformative solution within a few months, revolutionizing how veterinarians manage their X-ray processes and empowering them to provide enhanced patient care.