IBM breaks new ground with open-standard medical imaging and archiving solutions

8 December 2008

IBM has unveiled a powerful combination of advanced imaging and information archiving technologies that provides healthcare and medical research organisations with complete and timely access to critical imaging and diagnostic information at the point of care — regardless of the source, age or location of the information.

IBM's new Healthcare Image and Information Grid (HIIG) framework is built on open standards and enables physicians to make better decisions based on more complete information at the precise moment it is needed for a patient's care.

The current enterprise imaging environment has escalated demand for a scalable archive environment, robust imaging application architecture, and the ability to access image studies base on a patient-centred view of data. Further, imaging itself has moved far beyond the domain of radiology, becoming pervasive across the entire healthcare industry.

Up until now, however, healthcare-delivery organizations have been challenged to fully integrate emerging technologies with their diverse, existing systems to improve patient care. IBM's HIIG framework answers that challenge.

HIIG is a services-oriented solution built on open standards and interoperable services that provide healthcare organizations with integrated tools as well as a roadmap for the development of enterprise-wide image enabled medical archives.

HIIG provides clients with the ability to achieve this goal in today's heterogeneous healthcare environment. It is built on IBM's unique, award-winning, virtualized and automated Grid Medical Archive Solution (GMAS) used to protect and share critical medical and research data.

"IBM is accomplishing an industry first by offering the most advanced interoperable framework for healthcare systems with the IBM Healthcare Information and Image Grid. This award-winning solution will enable an integrated view of patient documents and images across the enterprise to be accessed in real time at the point of care," said Dan Pelino, General Manager for IBM Healthcare and Life Sciences.

"Through the HIIG, IBM is committed to offering the right tools, solutions and services to transform healthcare systems and create more value-focused healthcare."

GMAS archive solution gets high-performance capability

IBM has also announced new software features for the IBM Grid Medical Archive Solution (GMAS), a high-performance, grid-based storage solution. Its new software component, GAM 2.1 will now support applications in digital pathology, mass spectrometry and high-throughput screening that require ultimate performance and very reliable NAS storage.

GAM was invented to manage and store huge amounts of archive data, such as CT scans and mammograms, which are generally written only once and rarely updated but must be frequently accessed. However, many healthcare and research applications also produce vast amounts of transactional data which needs to be captured, analyzed, shared, be actively written, re-written and modified before it is archived or deleted.

The new GAM 2.1 Distributed Gateway feature adds scalable NAS capability to GMAS for transactional and research data, enabling exceptional performance and support for up to 1 billion objects. This Distributed Gateway also acts as a traditional GMAS gateway that can be used to archive and protect data for life across any storage tier and location.

As a result, medical and research facilities can leverage GMAS for both research and transactional as well as reference data, while eliminating the complexity, hassle and cost of managing multiple solutions. The GAM v2.1 Distributed Control Node also adds more advanced control node software replication features to improve image access and network performance while still enabling universal data access from any location.

New GAM 2.1 now supports IBM Blade Center and IBM System Storage N series, continuing the GMAS track record of lowering long-term total cost of ownership. Clients can see a 100% increase in storage density, a reduction of up to 30% in hardware costs and 35% savings in power and cooling. New VMWARE ESX support also allows clients to see up to a 6 to 1 compression of Gateways at the data centre. IBM GMAS adds iSCSI support with IBM N series storage.

"IBM GMAS with GAM v.2.1 directly addresses our healthcare, life sciences and research client's requirements for a single solution that can handle both scalable NAS and long term reference data archive requirements across the enterprise, all while lowering IT costs. This combination of unique benefits we believe is unmatched in the industry today," said Hugh Rivers, Business Line Executive, Healthcare and Life Sciences Solutions, IBM Systems and Technology Group.


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