The EKHO system consists of a hardware-unit, a pair of headphones, a push-button and a software program. The customer must supply his own computer to run the software.
We do not deliver a computer to run the system on. Most IT departments prefer to use one of their own computers so they are in complete control of the hardware, operating system, updates, networks, etc… We do, however, require certain things to be installed on the computer for EKHO to run.
- The operating system must be Windows 7 or 8
- Version 4.5 of the Microsoft .NET framework must be installed
- There must be a USB-port. Doesn’t matter if it is USB 2 or 3
- The computer should be connected to a printer if you wish to get reports out of the system
- Screen resolution of at least 1200×700 pixels
EKHO supports touch-screens, so provided the above requirements are met it should run just fine on a tablet.
EKHO stores data which could be considered personal and sensitive. You should therefore take care to store the data in a secure location. The default setup stores the data locally on the computer that runs the program. More specifically, the data are stored in files in a folder that is probably named “C:\ProgramData\Bitmatic\Ekho”.
The user can change this folder, so you can store the data somewhere else. We recommend that the data is stored on an internal network drive, that has a regular backup taken to ensure that you do not loose data. This also has the side-effect that several installations of the software can work on the same data. The clinician can perform the test in one location and a physician can study the results from somewhere else, without the need to send or print data in an unsecure fashion.
What data are stored
The System stores the following data for each patient:
- Id number
- Birthday (optional)
- Sex (optional)
For each test that is performed the following is stored:
- Date the test is performed
- The actual test data
- Any remarks about the test (optional)
There is no automatic expiration of data in EKHO. Once data are in the system they stay there. Should you need to delete data, it is possible to delete both patients and tests from the EKHO software.