Interclay Scanning GE HealthCare
InterClay plans to implement 160 scanners with their RDA solution in 2004

Freeport, Illinois (March 18th, 2004) - InterClay, LLC, an Illinois-based IT services firm focused on the development of manageable software applications, has successfully implemented over 40 scanners with the RDA (Remote Diagnostic Application) to power GE Healthcare (formerly GE Medical Systems) next generation of InSite™. Over the course of 2004 Interclay and GE Healthcare plan on having more than 160 scanners integrated to leverage the RDA technology. This process consists of Interclay integrating the RDA solution into approximately 30 different scanner models.

The principle goal of the RDA is to provide online engineers the ability to remotely diagnose and troubleshoot scanners from one central location with a common desktop The RDA is primarily composed of PHP scripts grouped into code or class modules. An assortment of PNG images are used for the framework design. Java Applets are used to provide a real time image viewing and telnet connection to remote scanners.

While the target OS is Linux, the application is designed with an emphasis on portability. Any underlining platform that supports PHP should be able to support the RDA. While the actual feature list is dependant on the functionality of the individual scanners, common ones include:

  • Image Processing – Images are pulled from the scanners on a timely fashion and catalogued with a thumbnail on the site server for quick access. The OLE can browse the complete image gallery or query on a timestamp or series. Once he finds the image he wants to view, he can bring it up in a Java Applet or download it to his local desktop for manipulation with his own set of tools. During the process, images are made anonymous to remove sensitive patient information.
  • Telnet – Oftentimes direct shell access to a scanner is the easiest way to troubleshoot it. The RDA makes use of a Java Applet and a customized proxy to give the OLE direct access to every scanner.
  • File Transfer – A display similar to standard desktop FTP clients allows the OLE to browse a remote scanner’s file system and download selected files.
  • Web Proxy – Various MR scanners have a remote web interface (SHeM) that provides useful information that is stored separate from the scanner. The RDA allows the OLE to view and manage this data in his local web browser, just as if the data was stored on the scanner.
  • Log and Data Viewing – Common among all diagnosis is the need to view log and configuration files. The RDA provides several different methods of storing and managing data, depending on the way the scanner creates it. Data can be gathered and stored local on the site server to provide the OLE a historical archive; the data can also be viewed on demand.
  • Modem Connectivity – While the ideal connection is broadband via a VPN, the RDA fully supports modem connectivity. The functionality of the RDA is identical across different network connection types, although it can be configured to operate in a lower bandwidth mode.
About Interclay, LLC
Interclay, LLC, is an Illinois-based IT services firm focused on the development of manageable software applications. If you have a media or press related question please feel free to email inquiries to Clint Symons at clint.symons@interclay.com or call 815.233-5300.

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