i3Archive brings On-Demand to the challenges of digital medical imaging disaster recovery

Berwyn 28 November 2005i3Archive Inc. has extended the capabilities of its Grid-based medical imaging architecture known as the National Digital Medical Archive (NDMA) to service the needs of business continuity and disaster recovery for picture archive and communications systems (PACS). The April 2005 HIPAA security updates requiring that all health care entities have a disaster recovery plan in effect, requiring a copy of all medical data be secure, retrievable and maintained in a second location, such that if the primary copy of the data is destroyed or made unavailable, the disaster recovery copy would be available, have led to questions as to how these mandated requirements would be fulfilled.


In the wake of recent natural disasters, clearly it is not beyond the realm of possibility that images and data could be forever destroyed, leaving a hospital without its patients record and a patient without his/her health history. 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 HIPAA's requirements, and will provide current, as well as new, PACS customers with the unprecedented ability to host a replicated, virtual instance of their PACS environment that can be accessed during periods of unavailability or inaccessibility.

On the heals of the success of its breast imaging management services, as well as the myNDMA personal health management portal, i3Archive is providing PACS owners with a robust, on-demand solution for disaster recovery and business continuity.

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

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 service 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", stated Scott Cleare, Medical Imaging Segment Executive, IBM Healthcare & Life Sciences.

"We're excited to continue our history of leveraging the NDMA's unique capabilities to deliver new services for our customers. We remain focused on providing world-class health care information network specifically designed to solve the challenges posed by large data sets such as digital breast imaging and reporting management, and now deliver an enhancement to the traditional concepts of disaster recovery. We understand how much our customers rely on their PACS infrastructure and are committed to eliminating the challenges associated with intermittent PACS service interruptions, as well as the consequences associated with catastrophic system failures", stated President Derek Danois.

The NDMA continues to be an example of how on demand is transforming health care today. i3Archive Inc., headquartered in Berwyn, Pennsylvania, specializes in the cross enterprise distribution and access of health images and data. The NDMA is the company's flagship product, providing a complete medical image and information management system that offers immediate access to diagnostic medical imaging data. More news on i3Archive is available in the VMW December 2005 article IBM and i3 Archive give women access to world's largest digital mammography system.

Leslie Versweyveld

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