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Meaningful use, 3D imaging drive health data storage demand

Allen Bernard | May 23, 2013
Healthcare providers are under siege by massive amounts of data. This is forcing the industry to upgrade its aging storage infrastructures, architectures and systems. Where that data is being stored may come as a surprise.

"Think of Isilon as one big C drive. You can store as much as you want up to capacity, and then you can grow a node at a time," he says. In addition, the scale-out NAS makes record retrieval 600 percent faster while improving redundancy levels. Finally, Pinegar estimates that St. Dominic saved 70 percent by opting for Isilon instead of a cloud-based system and will reduce its total cost of ownership by 50 percent over a five-year period.

Isilon came from the life sciences side of the healthcare industry, says Dave Dimond, EMC's chief strategist for healthcare industry solutions, so it's well suited to healthcare provider's demanding environments.

New Facility, New Patients, New Storage Needs
The challenge is similar for Phyllis Teater, CIO at OSU's Wexner Medical Center. As the facility expands (a new billion-dollar hospital is planned to open in July 2014) and more patients enter the OSU network, more storage will be needed. It's not just sheer numbers, too-EHRs and images will continue to drive the storage curve skyward.

"How we store patient records is much more about their virtual record. Anywhere they go, I want to connect those records," Teater says. "As the new tower goes'll see a jump at the rate at which I need to buy new storage absolutely commiserate with the capacity increase of patient care."

OSU leans on 106TB of EMC's VMAX SAN platform for most of its production needs and another 20TB on EMC's VNX5700 for email, printing, clarity and blob. Imaging is handled via the EMC VNX5300 and NS-480 platforms. This adds up to approximately 200TBs. All storage is dual engine and dual connectivity to ensure uptime.

While the data challenge for all industries is great today, so is the opportunity. Insights gleaned from massive amounts of data promise massive efficiency improvements and impressive top-line growth-but only if organizations harness it in a way that is manageable and cost effective. Those are two wildcards storage vendors are working hard to provide.


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