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IBM Brings Medical Images Online For The University Of Chicago Hospitals And Health System

IBM Infrastructure Will Help Reduce Total Cost Of Ownership, Provide Live Image Access And Improve System Efficiency

CHICAGO, IL - 17 Sep 2002: IBM today announced that the University of Chicago Hospitals and Health System, one of the country's top hospitals and educational institutions, will soon complete the installation an IBM infrastructure solution to support a multi terabyte archiving and distribution system for medical images. The solution is run by software from Emageon, a leading provider of enterprise solutions for diagnostic imaging.

Previously, University of Chicago doctors and medical technicians would have to wait several minutes to retrieve images such as CT, MRI, and diagnostic images. With the IBM and Emageon solution, it is anticipated that the amount of time will be significantly reduced to seconds, a critical time difference that will help the hospital service its patients more efficiently.

"We chose IBM technology for its scalability, performance, and reliability," said Scott Reid, the University of Chicago Hospitals' Administrative Director of Radiology. "The University of Chicago Hospitals is a 24x7 operation, using high-throughput data acquisition, analysis, and visualization methodologies. We feel that this infrastructure will put us in an elite class of hospitals with the ability to instantly access images and x-ray files from anywhere in the facility, giving us a leading edge."

The solution includes IBM's FAStT 500 Storage Server, LTO Ultrium Ultrascalable tape library, Tivoli Storage Manager and IBM eServer pSeries and xSeries servers. The image archival and distribution system is based on software from Emageon, which enables healthcare systems and imaging facilities to have an enterprise-wide digital imaging environment.

With the unprecedented volume and complexity of medical data and the need for 24x7 availability, hospital data requirements are staggeringly more complex than they were just a few years ago. The IBM and Emageon solution designed for the University of Chicago is intended to address its most pressing needs -- improved performance and reduced cost.

"The volume of life sciences data is doubling every nine months," said Kathleen Smith, vice president of storage solutions for IBM. "Hospitals need advanced storage systems in these data-intensive environments. With IBM's breadth of product offerings and its experience in providing technology to the healthcare and the life sciences field, we believe the University of Chicago will be able to better access and manage its growing catalog of images."

IBM draws on its diverse product portfolio to develop integrated solutions that leverage the strength of its storage division together with its breadth of IT products and cutting-edge work in healthcare, life sciences and other industries. Having invested $200 million over the last two years alone to life sciences development, IBM is the largest player in the field outside of the major pharmaceutical companies.

Contact(s) information

Clint Roswell
IBM Media Relations
(914) 766-3722
roswellc@us.ibm.com

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