Rockingham Memorial Hospital deploys EMC storage for core clinical systems

Hopkinton 12 December 2006Rockingham Memorial Hospital in Virginia deployed EMC Corporation's CLARiiON CX3 storage systems and EMC NetWorker and EMC SnapView back-up software to provide the capacity and performance needed for its core clinical and financial systems.

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"We selected a vendor to replace the majority of our clinical and financial systems and were looking for a storage solution that would provide us with performance, scalability and good management tools", stated Gregory Gum, Network Services Manager at Rockingham Memorial Hospital. "We also wanted a solution that would allow us to do data mirroring between our main hospital campus and off-site data centre to protect and ensure the availability of our critical business information."

Rockingham Memorial recently chose the MEDITECH Client Server Platform for its core clinical applications including admitting, clinical care, radiology, pharmacy, billing and scanning and archiving. To provide the performance, scalability and flexibility to support this new system, Rockingham Memorial worked with I-Access, an EMC Velocity Authorized Services Network (ASN) partner to evaluate storage systems. As an ASN partner, I-Access offers Rockingham Memorial a variety of information infrastructure services, including consulting, implementation, integration, and support. Rockingham Memorial purchased a CLARiiON CX3-40 system based on the EMC-developed CLARiiON UltraScale architecture for the storage area network dedicated to its MEDITECH system.

"We were pleased with the performance of the EMC CLARiiON CX700 system we had in production for the last three years", stated Gregory Gum. "When we began the hardware design phase, we were looking for another CX700 class storage system. We evaluated the EMC CLARiiON CX3 series and were impressed by the UltraScale architecture and the system's performance, so we worked with I-Access to design a solution using the CX3 platform."

Additionally, the hospital purchased a CLARiiON CX3-80 system to use in conjunction with their existing CLARiiON CX700 for disaster recovery and business continuity. To support this initiative, Rockingham Memorial recently replaced Symantec with EMC NetWorker back-up and recovery software and also purchased EMC SnapView software to create local point-in-time copies of data that can be used for testing, back-up, and recovery operations.

The EMC Velocity Partner Programme enables solution providers and ISVs to ensure customers get the most value from their information infrastructure.

Rockingham Memorial Hospital (RMH), located in Harrisonburg, Virginia, is an independent community hospital that has been providing health care services since 1912. RMH serves a five-county area with a population of close to 200.000. The 270-bed hospital admits close to 15.500 inpatients annually and delivers close to 1800 babies per year. RMH averages around 19.000 surgical procedures annually, and the RMH Regional Cancer Center provides close to 12.000 cancer treatments per year. The RMH Emergency Department treats more than 60.000 patients per year.

Based in Richmond, Virginia, I-Access is an IT solutions provider that serves as a trusted advisor to organisations looking to address critical issues across network access, enterprise storage, security and compliance, and support services. I-Access works with large and mid-sized organisations in the health care, government, and commercial sectors. The firm's many certifications and alliances include its status a Microsoft Certified Partner, EMC Velocity Partner, Citrix Platinum Partner, and founding member of THISA, the Trusted Healthcare Information Solutions Alliance.

EMC Corporation is a world expert in products, services and solutions for information management and storage that help organisations extract the maximum value from their information, at the lowest total cost, across every point in the information lifecycle.


Leslie Versweyveld

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