Data centers and infrastructure

HP helps healthcare providers improve patient care

HP has introduced a specialized archiving platform recently to help global healthcare providers, hospitals and imaging clinics of all sizes meet rapidly expanding retention requirements for medical images.

With the HP Medical Archive solution (MAS) 3.0, healthcare providers can strengthen their focus on improving patient care while also adhering to strict compliance regulations by ensuring that medical image data is securely indexed, preserved and accessible.

Healthcare organizations are challenged with ensuring that patient safety remains their No. 1 priority in the face of increasing costs, labor 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 healthcare 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," said 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."

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 healthcare providers at an affordable price. The tiered storage of the MAS grid ensures healthcare providers can align the business value of images with appropriate retention policies.