Kodak and IBM to deliver global storage infrastructure for medical imaging management

Rochester 02 December 2003Eastman Kodak Company and IBM will work together to make it easier and more efficient for health care facilities to manage the wealth of medical images and information being created in a digital world. In response to customer demand, Kodak and IBM will offer health care facilities solutions that combine Kodak's medical imaging products and services, such as enterprise archiving and picture archiving and communications systems (PACS), with IBM's storage devices. This open, flexible software and hardware combination will allow medical professionals to reduce cost and improve patient care by allowing them to store, retrieve and share large amounts of data across their enterprise.

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"Kodak is committed to open systems and interoperability. By working with IBM, we can provide Kodak customers with a more extensive range of outstanding storage solutions when evaluating the benefits of PACS to help meet their current and future imaging and information needs", stated Candy M. Obourn, Chief Operating Officer for Kodak's Health Imaging Group.

IBM recognizes the value of Kodak's technology and services for medical imaging and enterprise archiving applications and will supply storage infrastructure that powers Kodak's medical imaging systems to help manage and store large volumes of patient images and accompanying information.

"The challenge is storing and accessing images for radiologists and doctors with greater speed and reliability", stated Patrick Boyle, Medical Imaging Segment Executive, IBM Life Sciences. "With IBM's proven storage capabilities and Kodak's imaging expertise, Kodak's solution is providing doctors on-demand access to medical images which can ultimately improve the quality of patient care."

Kodak has worked collaboratively with IBM to certify and test IBM's TotalStorage Enterprise Storage Systems with its PACS as well as other health care information technology (IT) applications. Kodak can now also offer to integrate Kodak medical imaging products into a customer's existing infrastructure to help lower total cost of ownership and improve performance.

Kodak will integrate IBM's TotalStorage products with KODAK DIRECTVIEW Versatile Intelligent Patient Archive (VIParchive) software to provide enterprise-wide management of images and information across multiple storage devices and locations. The data management capabilities of the VIParchive extend Kodak's portfolio beyond radiology and into the health care IT market. With this solution, IT managers may be able to leverage shared storage systems across multiple applications ranging from radiology to cardiology, purchasing, inventory, payroll and other departmental functions.

Kodak's newest PACS platform, the KODAK DIRECTVIEW PACS System 5, is a Web-enabled, image-and-information management system that allows radiology departments to manage and store large volumes of patient medical images such as x-rays, CT scans and MRI images, and accompanying information. This open system also makes it possible to send medical images from one destination to another electronically, securely via the Internet, thus facilitating communications between radiologists and referring physicians.

Kodak's medical imaging solutions will interoperate with IBM's comprehensive storage technology, including IBM TotalStorage FAStT storage server and TotalStorage Enterprise Storage Server. In preparation for integrating with IBM storage products as part of a Kodak PACS solution, Kodak's sales specialists have received specialized training in IBM's storage products and systems.

Kodak's Health Imaging Group developes, manufactures, and markets intelligent imaging products from analogue to digital. Its portfolio includes computed radiography (CR) and digital radiography (DR) systems, laser imagers, picture archiving and communications systems (PACS), radiology information systems (RIS), traditional mammography and x-ray film systems, dental imaging products and various services offerings.


Leslie Versweyveld

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