Thursday, July 29, 2010

Nothing is ever easy in Kenya

MDK-20100709-0063, originally uploaded by monkeydoc

Thanks to Bill Tierney - I've made a major find at JKIA - it's called the Simba Restaurant - in the main terminal building outside security. After a short, small elevator ride to the 5th floor, there is a humble restaurant complete with a nice bar seating area. The real score though, is free wifi!

I didn't know exactly how much I would need the wifi until I got an e-mail from Kelvin today - "the system is not working, we cannot search" which is an ominous sign. The PACS system cannot function without the search algorithm, so this is a big problem. I immediately pulled out my laptop and attempted to log into the system using the unreliable, frequently unavailable public IP address. Luckily, the internet gods smiled on my plight and I was able to log in, find the bug, and fix it. I could just see the system being down for months immediately after I came to get things fixed, which would have been awful.

My #1 goal for the trip was to have my server and the AMPATH server exchange messages. I'm proud to report that step one for that process is complete referralPACS has successfully transferred a message to AMRS - yeah! The downer is that the message format needs some work, so we're not 100% hooked up yet. I'll take forward progress however I find it.

The other thing that I've been working on is a mobile CXR system that fits into a small SUV. Working with some folks from the NIH we're working on a proposal that will allow us to obtain digital X-rays of folks all over western Kenya - stay tuned.

Overall this has been a really great trip. I've made some amazing new friends, and got to spend quality time with several others.

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