HP extends scope of medical archiving system
HP focused on several developments regarding its HP Medical Archiving Solution at HIMSS 2006 last month. The product provides low-cost long-term digital storage of patient medical images, and has seen growth in its customer base, recently achieved additional certifications and expanded its channel program, the company said.

The HP Medical Archiving Solution is designed for radiology practices within hospitals, clinics and diagnostic imaging centers. The system allows physicians to access information securely and simultaneously in order to collaborate across departments and medical facilities.

"The HP Medical Archiving Solution enables collaboration and access to information throughout the healthcare ecosystem while improving patient care and process efficiency," said Jeffrey D. Miller, vice president of worldwide health, Technology Solutions Group, HP. "Customers view HP as a trusted advisor that delivers solutions to meet today’s IT and business challenges and the changing conditions in the future," Miller said.

The HP Medical Archiving Solution stores data on a high-availability system based on industry-standard HP ProLiant servers with x86 processors and HP StorageWorks Modular Smart Arrays; it is powered by HP medical archiving software. Users are able to set policies to control the storage devices and media used to coincide with organizational needs, the company said.

Based on open standards, 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 designed to work with a wide range of environments, addressing the needs of healthcare providers from large health systems to small regional hospitals and medical centers," said Chuck Kinzel, director of sales, Americas Healthcare, HP.

The HP Medical Archiving Solution also uses a security model that helps organizations comply with the HIPAA regulations regarding securing patient information.
HP recently received PACS certification from Siemens SIENET MagicStore systems for diagnostic image storage (on a Solaris platform). MagicStore is a DICOM 3.0 compliant enterprise storage system built to lower costs and ease access to medical images.
Another recent development for HP is adding Avnet Technology Solutions, as a certified HP Medical Archiving Solution channel program partner. The channel program will promote HP resellers, VARS, and PACS partners with a strong customer base in healthcare, to provide complete enterprise storage solutions to hospitals with fast-growing imaging databases.

"Avnet and its partners provide a vital connection to mid-market healthcare organizations for the HP Medical Archiving Solution," said Tony Vottima, vice president, Business Development, Avnet Technology Solutions. "With our proven Market Connection methodology, Avnet enables an extensive network of resellers to serve the IT needs of healthcare organizations. The HP Medical Archiving Solution allows partners to implement solutions that improve data and image management, ultimately driving better patient care."