FAQs

  • What are the technical requirements when I want to install MediCal QAWeb?
  • What is the function of the MediCal QAWeb Relay?
  • Does the Relay also require an SQL server?
  • What kinds of test are available in QAWeb? Which one are replacing the I-Guard checks?
  • How much traffic is generated by MediCal QAWeb? Who is going to pay for this?
  • Who is managing the licenses?
  • How can I order extra licenses?
  • When does the period start for a next business day single swap?

What are the technical requirements when I want to install MediCal QAWeb?

MediCal QAWeb is compatible with all Barco diagnostic flat panel displays (Coronis and Nio). It will work with any display as from 2008 (from MediCal QAWeb Agent 1.07 onwards).

Moving to MediCal QAWeb is easy. First install a MediCal QAWeb Relay in your facility and a MediCal QAWeb Agent on every PACS workstation. Once the Relay is installed, you can remotely install the Agent on every workstation. The required operating system is Windows 2000 Professional or Windows XP Professional (32 or 64 bit).

What is the function of the MediCal QAWeb Relay?

The MediCal QAWeb Relay is the central security point for all data communicated from the medical facility towards the MediCal QAWeb Server and back.

Having a MediCal QAWeb Relay minimizes the installation hurdles so no network or operating system modifications are needed at the PACS workstations. It also ensures an easy logging trail for HIPAA compliance.

Does the MediCal QAWeb Relay also require an SQL server?

No, the MediCal QAWeb Relay is a simple gateway between the MediCal QAWeb Agents and the live MediCal QAWeb Server.

The minimum requirements for the MediCal QAWeb Relay are:

  • Pentium 4 PC (3GHz)
  • 1GB RAM memory
  • 80GB hard disk
  • Windows XP Professional (clean install)
  • A pre-configured MediCal QAWeb Relay PC (hardware and software) can be ordered.

Which tests are available in MediCal QAWeb? Which ones are replacing the I-Guard checks?

The following tests are available:

ESSENTIAL LEVEL

  • Compliance test: a test that measures compliance with the DICOM Grayscale Display Function for every display (transparent, intervention free on Coronis)
  • Auto-calibration: automatically recalibrates the display towards the central QA policy (intervention-free on Coronis and Nio)
  • Asset data retrieval: gathers all asset details at the central server All test data is stored at the central MediCal QAWeb Server.

PREMIUM LEVEL

  • Central calibration control
  • Central scheduling control
  • Extended Quality Assurance through functional hardware and software checks
  • QA issue notifications and knowledgebase solutions
  • Display test: runs a self-diagnosis, including I-Guard verification, on every display
  • Asset availability test: verifies if all controlled assets are still available on the network and on the workstation
  • Display test: runs a self-diagnosis, including I-Guard verification, on every display
  • Calibration settings test: checks if the central QA policy is still applied to every display system
  • Ambient light test: verifies if the ambient light is following the central QA policy for every reading room
  • When a test fails, a notification is sent to the right responsible person

How much traffic is generated by MediCal QAWeb? Who is going to pay for this?

MediCal QAWeb uses an innovative security concept and does not require a high bandwidth. Most communication happens during the 'preferred QA time', i.e. a customizable period per day where actions and tests are executed on the PACS workstations.

Typical traffic (to and from the internet) between the MediCal QAWeb Relay and the MediCal QAWeb Server (hence valid for a medical facility) is redundant: about 20 bytes (request and answer) per 10 seconds.

The continuous, internal traffic between the MediCal QAWeb Agents (i.e. every PACS workstation) and the MediCal QAWeb Relay is typically sending 20 bytes and receiving about 10 bytes per 10 seconds.

Obviously, there is more activity during the 'preferred QA time'. For a site of about 50 displays, we talk about less than 500 Kbytes a day.

Who is managing the licenses?

Licenses are managed by your service provider.

As a medical facility, you can only sign-up to MediCal QAWeb through your service provider (see "How to sign up?"). This service provider manages your licenses and can also help you when you have a problem with MediCal QAWeb.

How can I order extra licenses?

To order extra licenses, contact your service provider

When does the period start for a next business day single swap?

When an issue is reported by the service provider and confirmed as a hardware issue by the Barco service center before 2pm (local time), the Barco service center will deliver a color matched replacement display or pair within the next business day at a location specified by the customer.

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