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  • DocScanFx Version 3 Released!
    Happy New Year Everyone!

         I'm happy to say that the latest release of DocScanFx is completed.  It's actually been out and in production for months now but there were a couple final features nagging at me that were missing and I just didn't want to announce it officially until they were done.  I've included links to two videos below which shows the general features of the application and also a separate video that briefly shows the electronic forms and annotations features.   I spent most of 2016 doing a complete rewrite of the original DocScan first written way back in 2007.  At that time version 2 was around 2000 lines of code.  The new version 3 is closer to 15,000 lines, but the executable itself is only 1.3 MB.  There are no additional application dependencies to install either (like .Net), e.g., DocScanFx is completely portable.

         If you are new to DocScan, it's starting point is as a PACS paper document to DICOM image conversion program.  The key difference between DocScanFx and other applications is DocScanFx's use of "modes" to predefine all the settings for how the images should be created.  For instance, most of the time scanned documents are added to exams which already exist in PACS so you would perform an archive query to find the exams to attach them to.  However you may have exams where all the exam information is the paperwork which needs to be scanned into PACS and therefore you'd need to do a modality worklist query instead.  DocScanFx allows each "mode" to query a different archive or MWL source for information.  The modes can also specify a vast array of different settings from specific series numbers & series descriptions, to various workflow options.  This allows DocScanFx to generate vastly different informational images to add to your PACS exams without burdening your techs with needing to reconfigure a program to meet those various settings.  You don't have to settle on one generic format for how scanned images will be acquired.  You can fine tune workflow for requisitions, patient worksheets, medication questionnaires, prelim reports, and based on exam modality, too.  Besides document scanning, DocScanFx can also acquire images from screen capture, file import, folder monitoring, and generate its own images from electronic forms.  It can be launched via XML integration if your PACS or RIS supports that and it currently is integration with both Merge RadSuite PACS and Merge PACS 7.

         Many sites have worked to integrate their PACS into their RIS or EMR in order to eliminate document scanning.  That's great and I applaud your efforts.  However, there still are times when various documents need to be in PACS alongside the exam images and doing so will present a better global view for your radiologists to read patient information.  DocScanFx is the best document scanning/acquisition application available.  No other program on the market has the flexibility, customization, or ease of use that DocScanFx has.  Check it out and if you have any questions just e-mail me at matt@pacslogic.com.  Have a great year!

    DocScanFx v3 Overview

    DocScanFx Forms and Annotations

    Warning - the next video is over 14 minutes long and contains subject matter 
    that it typically only interesting to PACS administrators.  Watch at your own risk :)

    DocScanFx - Beyond Scanning

    Posted Jan 3, 2017, 10:27 AM by Matt Granger
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