You may have already seen the Tolly Group’s report on how SpeedScreen Progressive Display enables delivery of PACS images to healthcare workers over a variety of network types. But for me it is even more exciting to hear from customers actually experiencing this technology in the field. Recently I learned of a hospital network using XenApp 4.5 (formerly known as Presentation Server) to deliver radiography images from their Agfa IMPAX 6.2 image and information management system. I haven’t asked permission to publish the name of the customer but I can share their observations with you. Interestingly, IMPAX 6 is billed by Agfa as a web-deployable PACS system since it offers a Java plug-in for Internet Explorer, yet the hospital found that performance over their WAN is significantly better using XenApp to publish the IMPAX application (Win32). On Windows XP PCs with at least a Pentium III processor and 256 MB of RAM (the oldest production PCs still in service across the 7,000 PCs on their network), performance is “exceptional”. In fact, XenApp has successfully delivered “cine loops” where a series of up to 300 splices of a CT scan is displayed at 27 frames per second -- a very challenging use case! These observations were made with the users situated 5 miles down the road from the hospital’s data center, connected over a gigabit network and through a 10 Mbps switch.

Have you started using SpeedScreen Progressive Display in your business? If so, please post a comment or send me an email.

Derek Thorslund
Product Strategist, Multimedia Virtualization