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AUTOMATED ARCHIVE AND RESTORE OF A MEDICAL DEVICE CONFIGURATION

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000200885D
Publication Date: 2010-Oct-28
Document File: 4 page(s) / 89K

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Abstract

A method for automated archival of configuration data of a medical device in a central repository is disclosed. The configuration of the medical device is automatically restored when the software of the medical device is re-imaged. Automated archival or restoration of the medical device reduces the down time of the medical device and helps in bringing the medical device back to the same state that existed prior to re-imaging.

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AUTOMATED ARCHIVE AND RESTORE OF A MEDICAL DEVICE CONFIGURATION

FIELD OF INVENTION

The invention generally relates to configuration of medical devices and more particularly to a system for automated archival and restoration of configuration of a medical device.

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

Configuration of medical devices is an important aspect of medical imaging. While appropriate configuration is required for medical imaging, the configuration process is time consuming. Further, there are numerous instances, when the software needs to be reloaded due to performance or hardware issues. Such reloading consumes additional time and results in extended medical device downtime.

Generally, the configuration of medical devices are saved and stored on a medium such as paper or USB stick among others. When the software is reloaded, the medium on which the configuration information was previously stored needs to be retrieved. Reconfiguring the system according to the information previously stored is a time consuming and tedious process.

Further, if the medium used to store the configuration is lost, the user has to reconfigure the medical device anew. Reconfiguration of the medical device anew is time consuming and may bring about undesirable variation in the imaging process.

Hence there exists a need for automatically archiving and/or restoring the configuration of medical devices.


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BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION

A method for automatically archiving and restoring the configuration of a medical device is disclosed. According to an embodiment of the present invention, the configuration of the medical device is stored at a central repository. Further, the configuration is automatically restored when the software of the medical device is reloaded.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION

According to one embodiment of the present invention the configuration of a medical device is automatically archived in a central repository. The medical device is designed to communicate with the central repository and support the export and import of configuration data.

Each medical device associated with the central repository has a unique identifier. The configuration information is archived using the unique identifier and a unique key is provided for the identification of the configuration information for the corresponding medical device. FIG. 1 is a flowchart illustrating the process of automated reconfiguration of the medical device, according to an embodiment of the present invention.


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