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Routing Workflow Manager

Compass automates the ingestion and distribution of medical imaging studies among disparate clinical and enterprise imaging systems. Regardless of the size or complexity of the organization, it can ensure that new studies are delivered to the right radiologist or clinical specialist, at the right time, regardless of the number of locations. Compass can also trigger Navigator to ensure that the correct prior imaging studies are available to the appropriate radiologist, at the right time, even if they reside on multiple facilities PACS or VNA systems.

Compass is available in various configurations that scale up to serve the needs of the largest integrated healthcare networks and includes HL7 message routing, non-DICOM file transport, DICOM load distribution and balancing, and dictation system integration.

The ability of Compass to act as a gateway to ensure that medical imaging studies are properly identified and associated with the correct patient, originating location and study description enables:

  • Creation of site-specific workflows that span technology domains
  • Automated distribution of imaging studies to multiple reading and archiving locations
  • Time of day, sub-specialty and location specific teleradiology workflow

Compass Benefits

  • Provides powerful and easily-configurable scheduling, filtering, sharing and routing
  • Manages the ingestion and distribution of DICOM and non-DICOM files, and HL7 files among multiple facilities and devices
  • Facilitates the interoperability of otherwise incompatible systems, workflows and modalities

Compass is a fast and flexible DICOM router and replicator for DICOM C-Store requests. With Compass, modalities easily store to multiple destinations without the hassle of repeated resends. Flexible mapping rules and simplified configuration mean modalities can store and route directly via Compass, with a wide variety of rules including day of week and time of day, making Compass the most powerful DICOM router on the market today.

Imagine the impact on your workflow if you could:

  • Route, Replicate, Monitor, Schedule & Alter DICOM Store Jobs or HL7 messages
  • Manage unlimited sources & destinations
  • Facilitate the interconnection of incompatible devices using tag morphing filters
  • Route or multiplex DICOM store jobs based on any DICOM tag
  • Use HIPAA compliant, secure, encrypted communication
  • Integrate events and actions with HL7 communications
  • Drag-and-drop study import & route capability using “hot-folders”
  • Parse DICOM Structured Reports and route DICOM data to integrated dictation and transcription systems like Nuance PowerScribe® 360 and M*Modal Fluency™ «read more»

Expanded enterprise functionality scales to meet the sophisticated needs of the largest integrated healthcare delivery networks.


Max # of sources

Max # of destinations

Number of failover destinations

Number of routing rules

DICOM image routing

Compression conversion

Secure transport (TLS/SSL)

Web viewing

Tag morphing & filtering

DICOM de-identification

HL7 message routing

Multiplexed storage

Custom filters & job actions

Downtime order entry †

Non-DICOM file transport †

Dictation system integration †

DICOM load distribution & balancing †

Unrestricted DICOM message types ‡

Modularly scalable architecture 







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Available for additional cost
Available October 2016

Compass runs on dedicated hardware or a virtual machine.

The latest release is Version 2.2.6, released Aug. 1, 2016.

System Requirements

  • Intel i5 Processor or better
  • 4GB RAM (min.)
  • 500GB HD (min.)
  • Gigabit Ethernet
  • 1 or 2 network interfaces
  • Windows 7 or Server 2008/12 R2
  • May run on a virtual machine
  • MS-SQL 2008 R2 SP2 x64, 2012/14 x64 (or Express version)

High-Availability Configuration

Standard Windows Failover Cluster – Minimal configuration:

  • Windows Server 2008 R2 or newer
  • Matching computer systems
  • Dedicated, reliable, fault-tolerant, shared storage system

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What Clients are Saying

"Integration of Compass into our Image Gateway was a seamless transition for our customers and enhanced our ability to help them meet complex clinical workflow needs, with the security and reliability our customers demand."
Gene CatheyCEO, FINAO Solutions
"I always felt that Compass was the strongest point in our CPACS infrastructure and once configured is something I could pretty much just count on working. A great product!"
Gary FelixCardio PACS Admin, Children's Hospital & Med Center, Omaha
"Compass is a turnkey DICOM router with intelligent routing rules. It is easy-to-configure and easy-to-deploy. We got Compass up and running in an hour and the system works great! As for support, very responsive and knowledgeable!"
Domini MSenior PACS Admin, North Cypress Medical Center
"Using the Compass router is clearly a benefit, both for automation and throughput. It has been great to have your team’s support during our evaluation, installation and configuration."
David DonohueDirector, Information Services, Skagit Radiology, Inc.
"The Compass product is wonderful and we are constantly looking at ways to use it better."
Ben ArnoldPACS Admin., Memorial Health, Chattanooga
"The Compass workflow solution has revolutionized our Cerner downtime process by reducing the likelihood of human error and saving radiologist time. It has eliminated the need to manually place an order, choose the correct report template and add identifying demographics."
David E. Moore, MDRadiologist, Asheville Radiology
"I have found the Compass DICOM Store & Forward Router to be incredibly flexible and reliable. Compass has been able to resolve a number of long-standing DICOM problems we have had at our facility. I highly recommend Compass."
Brian SivillCardioPACS Coordinator, BryanLGH Medical Center
"Compass and Switchboard really gave us the flexibility to meet business objectives we would not have been able to reach without."
Deane BaldwinMedical Info Tech Manager, Mercy Medical Center
"Compass enabled us to build a site-specific worklist that reduced report turn around time to our customers."
Josh HammondDirector of IT, American Radiology Associates
"With its myriad of routing options, Compass has met and exceeded every requirement we had. It's very intuitive, stable and flexible in our many configurations. We are very pleased with the support and upgrades we get from Laurel Bridge in a timely manner."
Jim OesterritterSourceHOV, Louisville, Kentucky