IBM answers the call: customers need enterprise-wide systems

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IBM Healthcare & Life Sciences highlighted at RSNA 2006 its Grid Medical Archive Solution (GMAS) that allows cardiology, radiology and other digital images to be shared across multiple healthcare sites and securely stored for years. IBM’s GMAS addresses an organization’s exponential growth by helping to establish an enterprise-wide storage system.

According to IBM, GMAS can help reduce the complexity and cost of managing medical images and data so clinicians can effectively and efficiently access patient information. The technology utilizes Bycast StorageGRID Software and integrates IBM System Storage DS4000, IBM System Storage EXP100 Expansion Unit and xSeries servers. Both single and multiple rack configurations are available for additional secure disaster recovery and to support affordable entry and expansion as healthcare providers' needs change, IBM said.

GMAS is a key component of IBM's Information Lifecycle Management Infrastructure Solution Portfolio for Healthcare. Together, the systems allow healthcare organizations to easily deploy a disaster recovery plan over a wide area network, maintain business continuance by allowing clinical applications to operate in the presence of faults and verify authenticity of retrieved data, auto-rebuild corrupted data.

The IBM Grid Medical Archive Solution, which is part of IBM's broader Grid solution offerings, incorporates open standard grid technology and joins the IBM portfolio of archive systems that includes IBM System Storage DR550, IBM System Storage Archive Manager, the recently announced "E-mail Archiving and Storage Solution" and IBM WORM tape offerings, usable to address regulatory compliance and resiliency requirements for long-term healthcare data retention.