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10/31/2008 - J-D Strong Designs High Tech Clinic

The new Evergreen Hematology and Oncology Clinic is both a cancer treatment facility and a clinical research center. It is a privately held clinic under the direction of Dr. Stephen P. Anthony, Medical Oncologist/Hematologist and nationally known cancer researcher. Dr Anthony was Director of Clinical Research for Cancer Care Northwest, and then went to be senior investigator at Translational Genomics Research Institute in Scottsdale, Arizona. He has returned to Spokane to head the state-of-the-art Evergreen clinic. The clinic does all aspects of hematology and oncology from diagnosis through treatment.

Terabyte Triangle sponsor Jack-Daniyel Strong, of J-D Strong Consulting, designed the clinic’s state-of-the-art network, workstations, and systems. “We pulled over four miles of network cable to support the clinic’s IT needs,” says Strong. “It will be an entirely electronic practice.” Strong is an authorized Apple reseller and so was able to help with the acquisition of the Apple products needed for the most accurate viewing of medical images. The desktop workstations at the clinic are Macs as are the servers for the medical images.

Evergreen will work with Scottsdale Medical Imaging on research and clinical trials. This will entail sending huge medical images to and from Spokane. “The clinic uses OsiriX imaging software -- an open source software specifically designed for navigation and visualization of multi-modality and multi-dimensional images with a Picture Archiving and Communications System (PACS) – which is the most advanced medical imaging tool available,” says Strong. Typically a PACS network consists of a central PACS server which stores a database containing the images, and of multiple client servers that can retrieve and display these images on medical imaging software. The images are stored in DICOM (Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine) format. The modalities (MRI, CT, PET, Ultrasound, etc.) send the images to the PACS Server by using a DICOM "push". The server and the clients communicate by using the DICOM protocol (DICOM C-Store or Query & Retrieve). The clients display the images by using a medical imaging software: a DICOM viewer. Medical images can run to 500 MBs each, and require about 30 minutes to complete a transfer to Scottsdale from Spokane – connecting through the US Bank building. XO Communications is the primary service provider.

In addition to all of the medical technology, Evergreen Hematology and Oncology was designed to be as pleasant as possible for the patient. A patient may check out a Mac to use during the procedures. The Mac’s are supported by a high speed network and can be used to watch television, a DVD, or endless presentations on YouTube. If the patient wants to be productive, they can surf the Web or send e-mail.

To learn more about J-D Strong Consulting, Inc., visit jdstrong.com.

To learn directions to Evergreen Hematology and Oncology, visit www.evergreen4cure.com.

Billie Moreland
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