IT, diagnostic imaging  

Disaster recovery for medical images

i3ARCHIVE, Inc. has extended the capabilities of its GRID-based medical imaging architecture known as the National Digital Medical Archive ("NDMA") for business continuity and disaster recovery for picture archive and communications systems (PACS).

Radiologic imaging records are among the most difficult to manage and securely back-up. The NDMA's Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery (NDMA-BCDR) services exceeds the USA's HIPAA requirements, and will provide current, as well as new, PACS customers with the ability to host a replicated, virtual instance of their PACS environment that can be accessed during periods of unavailability or inaccessibility.

Powered by IBM's GRID-based computing system, the NDMA-BCDR system offers the continual benefit of disaster recovery, as well as the operational benefit of real-time fail-over for existing PACS environments during intermittent interruptions or systems failure to an always-available replicated copy of that can be directly queried from the NDMA. "As an on-demand service focused on digital medical imaging, the NDMA-BCDR Services is unique in its ability to provide more than just disaster recovery services. The NDMA-BCDR service is moving the institutionally mandated, yet often unfunded, considerations surrounding disaster recovery of a PACS system to an operational benefit with a discernable ROI. These proven technologies can now bring the security and comfort of real-time fail-over access to a hospital's PACS data in either a disaster or intermittent interruption. Once again, i3ARCHIVE's NDMA demonstrates the best of On-Demand," says Scott Cleare, Medical Imaging Segment Executive, IBM Healthcare & Life Sciences.

"As a radiologist, who relies on our facility's PACS infrastructure, intermittent interruptions are not just a mere nuisance, but are disruptive to our workflow. The NDMA's business continuity functionality removes dependencies on an alternative workflow, which creates inconsistencies, inefficiencies and frustrations in the work environment, and instead creates a seamless resurrection of a PACS environment," says Mitchell D. Schnall, M.D., Ph.D., Associate Chair of Radiology, Department of Radiology, University of Pennsylvania Medical Center.

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