DICOM (Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine)
DICOM was initiated by the American College of Radiology and the National Electrical Manufacturers' Association. Since 1996, DICOM has expanded its scope from radiology and cardiology imaging to include visible light imaging (e.g., pathology, endoscopy, ophthalmology), imaging-related therapy (radiation therapy), reporting about findings, and information exchange at the boundary between imaging systems and information systems. DICOM has become the de facto imaging standard for medicine.
The first ifa company for IT in eye care was founded in 1984 in Cologne, Germany. For more than 30 years, the ifa product specialists have developed, distributed, and supported IT connectivity tools worldwide.
The ifa portfolio covers basic, back office interface suites and also complete EMR systems dedicated to ophthalmology.
DICOM is an integral part of the ifa product concept since 1996. Together with the complementary HL7 components, the IHE world can be implemented with the structured ifa product and service portfolio.