Health care organisations are challenged with ensuring that patient safety remains their no. 1 priority in the face of increasing costs, labour shortages and reduced reimbursements for procedures. At the same time, the medical imaging storage market is doubling every 24 months due to growing volumes of diagnostic images, medical documents and lab reports.
Asante Health System, a major health care provider in southern Oregon and northern California, selected HP MAS to help improve patient care by providing greater access to critical patient information.
"Key factors that drove our decision to move forward with HP were the ability to 'grow as you go', fast performance and seamless failover for business continuity, and the commitment that a company like HP provides", stated Michael York, senior systems engineer, Asante. "After implementing the HP Medical Archive solution, Asante is on target to achieve a 230 percent return on investment over a five year period."
In The Netherlands, the HP Medical Archiving Solution has been received very well. Alatus, Medical Center Twente, ISALA Clinics, ZNB Leeuwarden and the Orbis Medical and Health Care Concern in Sittard have already purchased the HP MAS solution to control the quality of care and to reduce the costs of the ever-growing storage of imaging data. In addition, HP is still negotiating with other Dutch health care organisations.
HP MAS 3.0 delivers factory-integrated HP ProLiant servers, HP StorageWorks SAN and MSA disk storage with indexing, policy management and search software to provide long-term retention of medical fixed content. The Grid architecture of MAS satisfies the scalability and performance requirements of health care providers at an affordable price. The tiered storage of the MAS Grid ensures health care providers can align the business value of images with appropriate retention policies.
"The need for on-line medical image archiving and storage has skyrocketed in the last few years, with IT staffers and technicians trying to cope with more data, more patients and more work", stated Robin Purohit, vice president and general manager, Information Management, Software, HP. "By bringing MAS to the 'masses' - small and large customers alike - we have dramatically increased the number of organisations that can benefit from having easy access to the right patient information at the right time. HP is empowering more health care providers to improve overall patient care."
HP MAS 3.0 provides new or enhanced capabilities in three main areas. First, HP MAS 3.0 improves patient care with:
- a High Availability Gateway providing "always-on" Grid access to medical images, documents and lab reports, even in the event of multiple site failures;
- Image Management Layer support and certifications with more than 30 Picture Archiving and Communications Systems (PACS) vendors making it easier for physicians within a hospital or across a group of hospitals to access patient information and share diagnostic data when collaborating on a patient's treatment.