Medical Imaging / PACS

Expedite information access, manage data growth, and improve patient care.

The data storage component of your PACS (Picture Archiving and Communication System) solution plays a key role in determining the cost and effectiveness of your total offering. The right data storage solution can help lower infrastructure costs, simplify the management of data, and give you unmatched flexibility in deploying the system in IT environments. The performance and reliability of PACS solutions are critical to a hospital's ability to provide patient care, which is reflected in the breadth of the demand for medical imaging throughout the healthcare industry.

The Solution
Digital imaging provides many advantages over film-based "ologies," including immediate access to studies, teleradiology, and easier image reading and analysis. But PACS systems consume increasing amounts of storage every year as the technology supports higher resolutions, more images per study, and federal/state requirements.

Selecting a storage solution is an important decision that can provide a significant strategic advantage for your healthcare enterprise, both in improved patient care and reduced costs. The leading healthcare application providers have partnered with Network Appliance because our innovative solutions and scalable product line are easy to manage and offer the advantages that provide proven return on investment (ROI).

The win/win result: doctors and patients benefit from fast and highly available access to critical medical images while IT departments and hospital administrators get a cost-effective, easy-to-maintain data storage component that scales to hundreds of terabytes and controls operating costs.

Benefits

  • Fast access to medical images and records. Patients and doctors don't have to wait for film development or courier delivery of studies from labs or outpatient clinics. Medical images can be integrated with the patient's health information from various department systems to create a single, integrated electronic health record (EHR), a mandate of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services driving an effort to build a national health information network.
  • Scalable storage that handles PACS growth. Storage systems scale to over hundreds of terabytes each year and can be combined to handle petabytes of digital studies.
  • Reliable storage that protects compliance and access. NetApp delivers highly available storage, robust data protection, strong security, and disaster recovery features to ensure high uptime to PACS systems and compliance with regulations such as HIPAA.
  • Affordable, easy-to-manage enterprise storage. Hospital IT and PACS administrators can grow the PACS storage to hundreds of terabytes without breaking the capital budget or adding new employees to manage the storage.