UniversalClinical Technologies

Data Migration Services

UniversalClinical Technologies brings more than a decade of experience in performing data migrations from and to every major PACS.  Customers can contract directly with us, but typically the PACS ISV's outsource data migration services to UniversalClinical Technologies in an effort to offer expert migration as they focus on the PACS implementation.  UniversalClinical Technologies uses the latest migration tools which are continually enhanced and designed to be robust and flexible to meet the individual, and sometimes challenging, needs of our customers.

Having the ability to quickly adapt and customized every migration to adhere to each customers’ unique requirements, making data migration more of an art than a science. A successful migration requires experience, flexible software tools, technical expertise, and well-defined processes. With UniversalClinical, you have all of these key elements working together throughout your migration project.

UniversalClinical Technologies has demonstrated their expertise by partnering with vendors specialized in maintaining and upgrading migration tools, as rapidly as possible, while still maintaining the data integrity required for medical imaging. Learn how we can customize a migration method that is right for you.

Please contact UniversalClinical Technologies and we are happy to provide a free consultation regarding your data migration needs or to learn more about our flexible migration tools that can be tailored to your unique requirements.

Primary Migration Strategies Offered by UniversalClinical Technologies:

  • DICOM Migration

    A DICOM migration is the most common migration performed in the industry. It is also the most accurate. Using DICOM Query/Retrieve to move the data from your legacy PACS to your new PACS allows DICOM header information (from patient merges, edits, etc.) to be updated as the study is migrated out of the legacy PACS.

    UniversalClinical Technologies performs DICOM migrations by ensuring that the retrieval from the legacy PACS is balanced with the ingestion of the new PACS is performed at the MAXIMUM rate without impacting the production performance of either system. We have the tools and expertise to uncover areas that may hinder the throughput of a migration and can tune the retrieval to specific hours, or systems as needed.

    A UniversalClinical DICOM Migration is the safest way to move data from one system to another at a rapid pace. The ability to start a DICOM migration virtually immediately and allow the ongoing use of the legacy system makes this the most appropriate strategy for the large majority of customers.

  • Media Migration (often referred to as Rapid Migration)

    Often Media Migrations can be faster than a standard DICOM migration. Media migration is often a good choice when the legacy PACS system does not have efficient Query/Retrieve services. Since some PACS were only designed to take data in and consideration was never given for the eventual replacement of the system, engineering into emptying a PACS was often never done. With a Media migration there is still the ability to update the data with the accurate data held captive in the legacy PACS database. UniversalClinical Technologies has performed this data cleansing in conjunction with updates from the RIS as well.

    Media migration will always require data cleansing to assure the file content is up to date with the PACS database. It may also require more robust hardware and additional integration time.

  • Data Migration Assessment

    The best way to understand the condition of your data, the number of studies and the strategy on how you will resolve the issues found with your data, is to perform a Data Migration Assessment, often called a pre-migration assessment. Many customers contract the assessment through their PACS company or with us directly to perform the assessment well in advance of the planned migration. Determining an accurate number of studies is critical for determining the budget for the migration, including but not limited to; RIS support for data cleansing, legacy PACS vendor support, internal staffing needs, storage requirements on the new archiving system among others. It also helps ensure the proper sizing for the hardware, network, and VPN is deployed for the migration. The Data Migration Assessment provides detailed Patient meta-data files allowing the customer to identify problematic data sets. These problems can be corrected manually and/or automatically during the migration using UniversalClinical Technologies data cleansing tools. Custom reports can also be run; for example, a report showing the number of studies with no accession number, missing MRN's or other issues. This service can be provided remotely and in a few days with the proper IT support. 

  • Data Migration Archive (DMA)

    UniversalClinical Technologies Data Migration Archive to provide a fully DICOM compliant archive that stores migrated studies in a format that will not require customers to remigrate their data. When UniversalClinical Technologies is contracted to perform the migration, there is no cost for the license of the vendor neutral Data Migration Archive to store migrated studies in a fully DICOM compliant format. Hardware is provided by customer. Many customers are “pre-migrating” their legacy archives, one to 2 years before they plan to replace them. This strategy has them paying for the migration only once, but enabling the shutdown of the legacy system shortly after their new system is operational. The DMA can act as the migration archive for one PACS while being the primary archive for cardiology or other department. The DMA can also be converted to the primary archive at some point in the future, such as when the new PACS is purchased and installed.

Please contact us for further information on Data Migration Services.