The MetroHealth System has recently decided to select the Hewlett Packard 9000 Enterprise Servers to upgrade the hospital's IT infrastructure and to optimize secure access to the electronic patient records' archive for all of the organization's outpatient facilities. The Cleveland based health care provider equally has chosen to standardize on the powerful HP-UX operating environment, in order to guarantee the high speed transmission of large volume medical data between the various connected health care locations.
The MetroHealth System is part of the Cleveland Health Network. The 690-bed facility specializes in high-end trauma care. The hospital yearly hosts more than 22.000 inpatients. Over 3600 children each year are born here. The outpatient visits amount to a number of 560.000 on an annual basis. In addition, 50 remote clinical sites with 4500 users are being served by the main health care institution. These impressive figures explain the urgent need which has occurred, to install permanently available computing systems.
The upgrading process of the hospital information system constitutes a three year project. The first priority consists in the transfer of medical data from the mainframe to the HP 9000 Enterprise Servers. At the same time, the various systems and applications, running in the affiliated clinics, outpatient facilities and physician's offices, have to be interconnected. Fortunately, the HP server technology includes the great advantage of providing advanced clustering capacities. For that matter, the HP MC/ServiceGuard software is used to guarantee the exclusion of every possible point of failure.
High availability of computing systems for mission-critical applications forms the key concept in the regional initiative, started by the MetroHealth System. At all times, the Cleveland health care community will enjoy secure but easy access to electronic patient records. In the coming years, this smooth access will even be extended to affiliated organizations. Hewlett Packard Company will continue to support the MetroHealth System in all its future scalability plans in order to build a comprehensive hospital information system which is both cost-effective and efficient. Further in this issue, VMW also reports on the DNA-sequencing capacities of the HP 9000 servers.