Bid Based PACS Service
Publication Date: 2008-Oct-16
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A method for sharing resources is presented. The method for sharing resources includes use of a public fee-based PACS system. Also, the method includes publishing de-identified image information on a website. Further, the method includes allowing clinicians access to the published image information. The method also includes interested clinicians placing bids on the website to read the published image information. Subsequently, method includes selecting a winning bid. Systems and computer-readable medium that afford functionality of the type defined by this method is also contemplated in conjunction with the present technique.
Bid Based PACS Service
 The invention relates generally to imaging systems, and more particularly to sharing of resources.
 Diagnostic imaging has emerged into an essential aspect of patient care. Medical images that are obtained during a diagnostic imaging session have evolved as tools that allow a clinician non-invasive means to view anatomical cross-sections of internal organs, tissues, bones and other anatomical regions of a patient. More particularly, the medical images serve the clinician in diagnosis of disease states, determination of suitable treatment options and/or monitoring the effects of treatment. As will be appreciated, medical images may be obtained from a broad spectrum of imaging modalities, such as, but not limited to computed tomography (CT) imaging, ultrasound imaging, magnetic resonance (MR) imaging, digital mammography, X-ray imaging, nuclear medicine imaging, or positron emission tomography (PET) imaging.
 In medical imaging, picture archiving and communication systems (PACS) are computers or networks dedicated to the storage, retrieval, distribution and presentation of images. The medical images are stored in an independent format. The most common format for image storage is Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine (DICOM). Most PACS handle images from various medical imaging instruments, including ultrasound, MR, PET, CT, endoscopy, mammography, and the like.
 As will be appreciated, caregiving facilities such as hospitals or clinics use PACS for storage, retrieval, distribution and presentation of images. Currently, hospitals and/or clinics buy PACS to aid them in providing diagnostic services. The current industry standard typically employs thick, thin or web based PACS. Unfortunately, as the PACS software is fairly expensive, the diagnostic costs to the patient are high.
 It may therefore be desirable to develop a robust technique and system for enabling sharing of resources that advantageously facilitates substantially reduced costs to hospitals and patients. In particular, there is a need for a system that may be configured to allow sharing of resources amongst a plurality of hospitals, thereby reducing purchasing and maintenance costs to the hospitals and diagnostic costs to the patients.
 These and other features, aspects, and advantages of the present invention will become better understood when the following detailed description is read with reference to the accompanying drawings in which like characters represent like parts throughout the drawings, wherein:
 FIG. 1 is a flow chart of an exemplary method for sharing resources, in accordance with aspects of the present technique.
 As will be described in detail hereinafter, an exemplary method fo...