HP introduces storage and digital pen and paper technology

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HP this week revealed new technology for the healthcare industry: the new Medical Archiving Solution and the HP Forms Automation System (FAS) 1.2.
   
Designed for radiology practices within diagnostic imaging centers, clinics and hospitals, the HP Medical Archiving Solution provides affordable long-term storage of patient studies regardless of size. The HP FAS allows healthcare professionals to print forms on demand and collect patient data using standard paper and an HP Digital Pen, which automatically transmits medical records to a central electronic medical record (EMR) system.
   
Utilizing the new storage system, physicians can quickly retrieve patient studies anywhere/anytime, HP said. Physicians can then securely and simultaneously access this vital information in order to collaborate across departments and medical facilities.
   
According to HP, data is stored on a high-availability system based on HP ProLiant servers, HP StorageWorks Modular Smart Arrays and x86 processors and powered by Bycast's StorageGRID software. Users are able to set policies to control the storage devices and media used to coincide with organizational needs.
   
The HP Medical Archiving Solution relies on open standards for interoperability and is offered with technology refreshes and services for 24x7 support, HP said. The system interfaces with existing single and multi-PACS applications, while also supporting the archiving requirements of pre-PACS environments.
   
The HP Medical Archiving Solution is expected to be commercially available later this month in North America and Europe, HP said. Deployment racks are factory-built configurations that support starter configurations of 5, 10 and 20 terabytes of compressed and protected data. The system, consisting of hardware, software and services, can be implemented to align with the physical facilities within a healthcare organization and is expected to be sold for two to four cents per megabyte.
   
Updates to the new version of FAS - which is expected to be available later this month - include:

  • New HP handwriting recognition engine;
  • Customized XML output schemes;
  • Faster form design and deployment, allowing field attributes import and automated forms printing.