HP upgrades medical imaging archive application
Hewlett Packard (HP) has updated its Medical Archive Solution (MAS) with MAS 3.0, to help global healthcare providers, hospitals and imaging clinics address exploding medical image retention requirements. 

“The need for online medical image archiving and storage has skyrocketed in the last few years, with IT staffers and technicians trying to cope with more data, more patients and more work,” said Robin Purohit, vice president and general manager, HP Information Management. “By bringing MAS to the ‘masses’ – small and large customers alike – we have dramatically increased the number of organizations that can benefit from having easy access to the right patient information at the right time. HP is empowering more healthcare providers to improve overall patient care.”

MAS 3.0 delivers factory-integrated HP disk storage and servers with indexing, policy management and search software to provide long-term retention of medical fixed content.

Lisa Dali, worldwide product marketing manager, HP Information Management, told Health Imaging News that HP customers now have access to “four flavors to choose from, which can be fine tuned to fit their needs” with the MAS 3.0. The single-archive, centrally managed system has the capacity to enable the integration of four media grids. Dali said that users now have the flexibility to create multiple tiers of storage within the MAS grid, including SAN, SCSI, SATA and tape resources—it all depends on what the customer’s requirements are.

The platform is also now available in two product lines: the Enterprise line and a new Compact line. The Enterprise line offers 65-70 terabytes (TB) per base in a rack of storage across the four media grids, enabling “infinite racks to be connected to a grid.”

The new Compact line was created, Dali said, because HP needed to have a cost-competitive, lower-entry product for customers with less image volume. The Compact has the same features as the Enterprise, but is SATA only and has a rack storage capacity of 90 TB. The Compact can also be upgraded directly to the Enterprise model.

Dali said that HP is also working with PACS vendors including McKesson, GE Healthcare, Siemens Medical Solutions, Philips Healthcare and more to give healthcare providers support for the widest range of medical imaging applications and to ensure interoperability.