You may not have realized that Horos is more than just a good desktop viewer. In fact, given the right configuration, Horos can become part of a very robust enterprise PACS environment. All that is needed is a centralized PACS with Horos configured to connect to that central location.
One of the issues we often hear is that with so many images stored on my Mac, my system is starting to slow down. While Horos (or OsiriX) is a very robust medical image viewer and can function as something of a small PACS, once you start to rely on it for more than a couple of thousand studies, you may find a noticeable degradation in performance. And even if you don’t, it’s pretty risky business to maintain that many studies on your desktop without effective offsite backup and archive.
Not everyone has a Mac. If you are looking for a full featured, free, open source DICOM viewer you will find that you have slim pickings (if any) as far as the options that are available to you. There are many reasons as to why developers choose to build such platforms accessible on iOS devices and not their competitors. So, if you are looking to use Horos on a PC, here is the long and short of it...
The answer is YES! You most certainly can integrate Horos (and even OsiriX) to the Cloud. However, while your viewer can connect to the Cloud, you cannot just pick any Cloud PACS at random. In fact, there are a few conditions and caveats that you need to consider to determine if a particular Cloud service will integrate with Horos.
We are frequently asked by Horos and OsiriX users about configuring their practice to use their preferred desktop viewer in multiple connected instances within their enterprise. While each situation is a bit different, below are some basic configurations and considerations for establishing multiple connected instances of OsiriX or Horos.