Imaging Protocol Manager

Imaging Protocol Manager is a cloud-based, multimodality, protocol-management solution that provides access, insight, and governance for protocols on imaging devices to help providers effortlessly deliver the right exam for each patient and meet regulatory and accreditation requirements in an efficient manner.

Imaging Protocol Manager helps simplify the process to meet regulatory and accreditation requirements by keeping standardized protocols and their revisions in one location.

Imaging Protocol Manager also provides access to optimized protocols for GE Healthcare CT devices developed, validated, and verified by the University of Wisconsin-Madison, one of the world’s premier healthcare providers and the world’s first and largest school of medical physics.

Application overview

GE Healthcare’s Imaging Protocol Manager allows healthcare providers to improve consistency across their enterprises by empowering their protocol teams to develop, edit, optimize, manage, and download protocols to their devices with an easy-to-use app in the secure GE Health Cloud. It is a single app that can be used to ensure that the right protocols are on all CT and MR devices all the time, effortlessly.

Customer Success Engagement

GE Healthcare offers standard Customer Success Engagement that not only helps customers get the value of the Imaging Protocol Manager application, but also assists your organization in implementing protocol management programs and processes.

In the standard customer success engagement:

  • Customer Success Manager (CSM) is involved from the outcome-scoping phase until its realization.
  • Through regular and sustained touchpoints, the CSM coaches the customer team, leveraging Change Acceleration Process (CAP) expertise/tools from the definition of the vision and governance mechanisms to the follow-up action and initiatives.
  • To support customer success, the CSM can leverage GE Healthcare clinical experts, educational materials, and technical privileged support.

What is the GE Health Cloud?

The GE Health Cloud is designed to be a scalable, secure, connected, and interoperable platform, delivering the largest application ecosystem for the healthcare industry.

Designed to integrate into clinical workflows while managing the volume, velocity, and variety of healthcare data, the GE Health Cloud can connect to more than 500,000 GE Healthcare medical imaging machines and more than 1.5 million imaging machines worldwide. Additionally, the GE Health Cloud can link to millions of other healthcare devices including patient monitoring, diagnostics, anesthesia delivery, ultrasound, mammography and various data sources.

For more information, please navigate through the GE Healthcare website.

System specifications & technical requirements

GE Health Cloud system requirements:

Minimum Specification
OS Windows® 7
Browsers Google Chrome®, Internet Explorer®
Optimum screen resolution 1920 x 1080 pixels
Minimum bandwidth 100 Mbps
Regional cloud servers U.S., U.K. (London)

* GE Health Cloud URL needs to be whitelisted at the firewall

Connectivity requirements

Directly connected devices

The cloud agent resides on the device and securely connects it to the cloud server after the user registers and authenticates the device. The connection to upload or download protocols is always initiated from the device to the cloud.

Site status
Device & firewall configuration
No proxy No configuration required on device
Proxy server IP and port number Configure the device IP and port number on proxy
Proxy server IP with user name and password Configure the device IP, port number, user name and password
Proxy certification by IT department Configure the certificates in the device to go through the proxy
URL restrictions It is recommended to restrict the URL request made from the device to the internet in your firewall configuration rules — GE Healthcare will provide the list of URLs to whitelist
Device source IP filtering It is possible to configure firewalls to allow only certain devices to connect to the internet

InSite-connected devices (CT LightSpeed16 only)

This option leverages the existing InSite connection to upload or download protocols through VPN from the device to the GE Data Center. The GE Data Center uploads the protocols that come from the device, and similarly downloads protocols from the cloud and pushes them to the device.

Site status
Device & firewall configuration
Device is InSite checked out No configuration required, check the connectivity on the device
Device is not InSite checked out Contact GE Service to check out the device to establish connectivity
Proxy server IP required with user name and password Configure the device IP, port number, user name and password

Data privacy and security

The Imaging Protocol Manager application helps to ensure confidentiality, integrity, and availability of customer data. To support adequate security for customer data, GE Healthcare has implemented required security measures at physical, network, and application levels of the application.

Physical & network level

The application will be hosted in a physically secured AWS (Amazon Web Services™) data center and GE Healthcare will monitor and deploy the application in a network security controlled environment. The configuration of network security components (i.e. firewall) is reviewed and configured by the GE Healthcare experts.

Application level

In accordance with its internal security standards, GE Healthcare has built all required security measures into the application.

Some of those specific measures are:

  • Security risk assessment of the application
  • Threat modeling and mitigation
  • Encryption of the data at rest and in transit
  • Strong authentication methods for every access
  • Data integrity controls
  • Audit trails for compliance purposes
  • Specific security checks for protocol upload and download
GE Healthcare propriety and confidentiality

Imaging Protocol Manager only utilizes protocol configuration detail in conjunction with cloud-based services and applications to share settings. The data transmitted from the scanner includes scanner meta data, dependencies, and capabilities. No patient information (PHI) is being transmitted from scanner to the cloud.