HP and InSiteOne sign five-year agreement to deliver medical imaging solutions and services

Palo Alto 06 February 2003HP and InSiteOne Inc. have signed a five-year technology and services agreement to deliver a medical imaging and archiving solution to the global health care industry. The contract is valued at approximately $55 million. The solution is a cost-effective, fee-for-usage service for short-term on-site and long-term off-site archiving with real time access to medical images, such as MRIs, CT scans, nuclear medicine, and ultrasound.

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The solution comprises InSiteOne's InDex application software on industry-standard HP ProLiant servers running Red Hat Linux software, HP StorageWorks storage area networks and HP CarePAQs, options to enhance the standard warranty. HP Services provides installation and support services.

"The technologies of HP and InSiteOne that are brought together through this agreement provide health care organisations with improved access, portability and security for their medical images", stated Ken Jarvis, director, health care solutions, HP Enterprise Systems Group. "Treatment advantages such as these enhance the health care environment for both the patient and the practitioner and, consequently, the chances for a positive outcome."

"In health care, the ability to review medical images on demand is a critical component of patient care", stated David S. Cook, president and chief executive officer, InSiteOne. "As a result of our work with HP, our customers benefit from innovative technology and expert service and support. This results in significant savings of time and money while realising exceptional performance and security by outsourcing image archiving and retrieval with on-line and near-line storage and viewing."

Two customers that have deployed InSiteOne's InDex application on HP technology and services platform are the Washington Hospital Center in Washington D.C., and the Yavapai Installation in Prescott, Arizona. Overall, there are more than sixty contracts and nearly 200 sites that are currently deploying an InSiteOne application on an HP technology and services platform.

Washington Hospital Center is implementing InSiteOne's digital imaging and archiving platform on HP technology for its radiology picture archiving and communications system (PACS). With more than 225.000 studies per year, this 900-bed facility was looking for a cost-effective solution to storing and retrieving its digital images. The implementation, which is slated for completion this summer, will provide the hospital with real time access to images and archives, as well as full back-up and disaster recovery.

"This technology is a productivity blessing because it solves the problem of lost film and allows us instant access to images to interpret and diagnose our patients in a more timely manner", stated Dr. Keith Horton, chief information officer, Department of Radiology, Washington Hospital Center. "This is a cost-efficient solution for us because we did not have to put our capital dollars in equipment ownership or technology upgrades."

The Yavapai Installation set out to find the best solution to modernise its radiology infrastructure. HP and InSiteOne provided "on-demand" access to images via the Internet or virtual private network to Yavapai's network. Radiologists can view images in a few minutes from anywhere in the hospital resulting in faster response time and improved patient care. Yavapai is currently implementing a storage and archival installation through HP and InSiteOne scheduled to be complete in the spring 2003.

"Our teleradiography system was not working for us. We were looking for a centralised solution that was both efficient, fast and cost-effective", stated Mary Sterling, director of Imaging Services, Yavapai Installation. Hospitals, imaging centres and physician group practices are required by law to store medical images long term, a minimum of five years and even up to 30 years after the death of a patient. The HP and InSiteOne solution addresses this requirement and other challenges related to image storage, including:

  • The management of rapidly-expanding data storage;
  • Secure processes for image storage and real time retrieval of stored images;
  • The rapid transition from film to digital capturing of radiological images.

InSiteOne has designed the medical imaging and archiving solution to be compliant with the industry protocol DICOM (digital imaging and communications in medicine). It is also designed to interface and integrate with PACS as well as hospital networks and information systems. Headquartered in Wallingford, Connecticut, InSiteOne Inc. is a service provider of Web-enabled digital image storage and archiving solutions to the medical community.

InDex is designed to integrate with any PACS component and optimise the storage and archiving of medical images for health care facilities transitioning to filmless digital imaging. InSiteOne offers hospitals, imaging centres and physician group practices a cost-effective, pay-as-you-go service that delivers exceptional speed, flexibility, economy and security for short-term and long-term access to and archiving of DICOM images.


Leslie Versweyveld

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