EMC sees increased interest in intelligent information infrastructure
EMC Corp. highlighted the 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 at HIMSS07. 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.

EMC is focused on balancing the need for authenticated usage with efficient clinical workflow, said Roberta Katz, director and global solutions leader for the EMC Healthcare—Life Sciences Group. The company also focuses on effective and affordable data protection. Customers are concerned about how to develop an information infrastructure, she said. “On the horizon is privacy, security and authentication of patient information.”

Business continuity is another key issue in healthcare right now. It is part of the HIPAA requirements. It is of particular interest to smaller facilities with less than 250 beds, Katz said. “They realize the importance as they get more electronic.” Larger hospitals already have experience with backing up and replicating data from one sight to another and archiving data to meet long-term retention requirements.

With data growing by about 70 percent a year for the average healthcare facility, “a more sensible, intelligent approach” to storage is necessary, Katz said. That might be a departmental approach. Many are conducting a data assessment and then classifying their data to implement tiered storage. “People are discussing an intelligent information infrastructure in depth,” she said. That might mean starting with tiered storage and then implementing data management software. EMC offers solutions for organizations of all sizes and data protection and information infrastructure needs.