Image & Information Storage

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With disaster recovery plans fresh on the minds of many healthcare providers as well as federal compliance regulations for recordkeeping, vendors are offering cost-effective storage solutions that are flexible enough in price and function to appeal to a wide range of customers. Storage vendors also are featuring easy access to patient records since that has been associated with better, more collaborative patient care.

Acuo Technologies (booth #7707) makes its HIMSS debut this year showcasing its DICOM image management, archiving and data migration solutions. The architecture scales from imaging centers through enterprise healthcare organizations in a fully distributed DICOM Storage Grid. The product suite includes an Archive/Image Manager, PACS Migration software, content-aware DICOM Router, Reconciliation Gateway, and RIS/PACS Synchronization.

BRIT Systems (booth #4100) is launching Roentgen Burner, a DICOM-compliant, automated solution for producing custom-labeled CDs and/or DVDs that contain medical images and BRIT's image viewing software. The solution combines BRIT's production server with one of Rimage's CD and/or DVD production systems. The Roentgen Burner accepts studies from any DICOM device - modalities, workstations, servers - via DICOM Store and facilitates creation of the media (CD-R or DVD-R). BRIT's image viewer, Radiology Workbench for Windows, is burned to the media along with all selected images. Data is verified by the system while a specific and detailed order file containing unique information about the user, patient, specific modality and images is produced. For sites already using BRIT's archive system, BRIT Roentgen Files, users with proper privileges can request a CD and/or DVD without the loading the studies into a workstation. From the workstation, multiple studies or subsets of exam images can be included. All annotations and key object notes are included with saved and burned images. Users can select from several Rimage CD and/or DVD production systems depending on their facilities needs. These include Protégé II, Amigo II, Autostar II and the newly released Endeaver, designed specifically for lower-volume environments. The Rimage 1500 and 4500 desktop models and the 2000i are also available.

ClearCube (booth #5101) is showcasing its architecture which is a unique union of hardware and software that delivers full Intel-based PC functionality to the user's desk from a centralized, rack-mounted environment. The web-based software manages the entire PC Blade deployment from anywhere in the world. This integrated solution delivers dramatic increases in availability, security and manageability while significantly lowering operating costs.

As part of its eHealthcare Architecture, Dell Inc. (booth #3418) is showcasing its high-performance enterprise solutions that allow healthcare organizations to efficiently store, manage, and secure critical patient health records and administrative data. That includes Dell PowerEdge servers and storage that grow with businesses' needs, and consolidation services to increase utilization of hardware purchases; data center and environmental assessments that help organizations optimize standards-based server and storage technologies; and Dell OpenManage Systems Management tools for deployment, monitoring, and automated hardware change management.

EMC Corp. (booth #3535) is highlighting three storage platforms at HIMSS. The EMC centera content addressed storage (CAS) system has been widely adopted by healthcare organizations of all sizes for integrating clinical EHR and PACS applications, email archiving, and information protection. The EMC CLARiiON family of networked storage systems includes the CLARiiON AX100i, CLARiiON CX300i and CLARiiON CX500i models. These low-cost storage area network (SAN) systems help healthcare providers to reduce storage costs, consolidate IT infrastructures and deploy an information lifecycle management (ILM) strategy regardless of the size or type of environment. With the iSCSI systems, EMC is delivering a broad set of fibre channel and native iSCSI storage networking solutions, flexible enough in functionality and price to meet the needs of the world's largest healthcare organizations down to small and medium-sized hospitals. The EMC Symmetrix DMX Series can become integral elements of a comprehensive information lifecycle management strategy for healthcare organizations. Information lifecycle management maps the right service