Data Storage & Archiving: Accessing Images Now

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Every healthcare organization needs an information infrastructure that not only meets current storage needs but anticipates data growth. Users want reliable and secure data storage and retrieval, interconnectivity, ease-of-use, speed and a cost-effective system. That’s a tall order but one that storage and archiving vendors are ready to deliver.

Agfa HealthCare (Booth #6737) is showcasing IMPAX Data Center, a component of Agfa HealthCare Clinical Data Center that provides the standard based multimedia repository for all types of medical images and diagnostic results. The IMPAX Data Center consolidates information in a central clinical data foundation, provides multi-departmental storage, supports all types of medical images and diagnostic results, scaleable to hospital groups, regional healthcare organizations and national archives and is a single point of integration to support the multimedia EHR. It offers a large-scale multimedia storage solution for all types of medical and administrative/financial images as well as diagnostic results for hospital groups, regional healthcare organizations and national medical archives. This allows a healthcare organization to establish a central, longitudinal repository of archived clinical data elements and build the foundation for an electronic health record.

EMC’s CenteraEMC Corp. (Booth #6636) is highlighting five components of an intelligent information infrastructure: tiered networked storage platforms, information management and protection software, active archiving, enterprise content management, and securing critical assets. These components when combined with clinical and business applications from EMC partners, enable healthcare organizations to store, protect, optimize, and leverage patient information for 24/7 hospital operations.

The new EMC CLARiiON CX3 UltraScale Series offers healthcare organizations maximum healthcare application performance, scalability, reliability and ease-of-use.  Each of the three CX3 models allow IT organizations to capitalize on the industry’s only midrange storage architecture with full end-to-end 4 gigabit-per-second (Gb/s) Fibre Channel technology, which provides high performance, quick retrieval times, and enables rapid disaster recovery of patient information and medical images. The new CLARiiON UltraScale architecture simultaneously supports high-speed 2 and 4Gb/s Fibre Channel disk drives as well as high-capacity 2Gb/s Low-Cost Fibre Channel (LC/FC) disk drives for maximum flexibility and to enable the consolidation of multiple information and storage tiers onto a single array.

EMC Centera content addressable storage (CAS) provides active archiving for patient information such as patient records, PACS, email archiving, file system archiving, and content management. EMC Centera’s CAS architecture provides immediate access to archived medical information, improves operational efficiency with automated configuration and management, and increases clinical productivity at the lowest total cost of ownership. 

The EMC suite of enterprise input and content management software and solutions provides an intelligent mechanism for automating, streamlining, securing and auditing the capture, management, encryption, retention and destruction of digital healthcare assets. EMC Captiva Enterprise Information Management (EIM) solutions provide revenue cycle management for the hospital enterprise and physician practices. And EMC Documentum Enterprise Content Management (ECM) solutions provide a secure, standards-based central record repository through which any healthcare record is classified, encrypted and retained intelligently in a secure and auditable way, before the record is moved for archiving. EHR software can leverage this virtual repository to easily retrieve, collect and aggregate information to provide a consolidated view of patient records.

IBM Healthcare & Life Sciences (Booth #2626) is demonstrating its standards-based infrastructure developed under contract from the Dept. of Health and Human Services (HHS) as a foundation for the Nationwide Health Information Network (NHIN) for secure health information sharing among hospitals, laboratories, pharmacies and physicians. The IBM solution will scale to a nationwide level, support electronic medical records at the provider level; enable personal health records and tie in public health department use of de-identified data for trending and census purposes. It will also provide a future roadmap