Touro Infirmary Moves Toward Paperless Office With IBM's Mighty Mid-Sized Mainframe

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ARMONK, NY - 29 Jun 2004: IBM today announced that Touro Infirmary, a community based teaching hospital in New Orleans, has selected the IBM eServer z890 to power its mission-critical clinical documentation, ordering, results viewing, patient management, and patient accounting applications from Siemens Medical Solutions.

The 152 year-old, not-for-profit hospital expects that the new z890 combined with the Siemens solution will provide doctors, nurses and administrative personnel with rapid access to patient information and medical records to help improve patient care.

"Being just months away from a 100 percent paperless hospital, we need to have a high performance system that is extremely reliable and secure and that will keep up with our growth and technological advances," said Peter Dougherty, CIO, Touro Infirmary. "With the new z890 mainframe, we will have the additional capacity and processing speed -- at a much lower acquisition and operating cost -- to speed the delivery of clinical data and thus improve patient care."

Touro is also upgrading its data center with new storage solutions and implementing a storage area network based on the IBM TotalStorage Enterprise Storage Server Model 800 to help better manage information.

Overall, the new data center solution will be used to support the hospital's more than two thousand doctors, nurses, technicians, allied health professionals and administrative employees who will tap into the z890 server running Siemens INVISION® healthcare information software for applications such as physician order entry, results viewing, nurse documentation and patient billing.

"Leading edge hospitals such as Touro Infirmary want to be able to deliver critical medical information within seconds, balancing their costs with the business value they realize," said Terri Virnig, vice president of eServer zSeries, IBM Systems and Technology Group. "The combination of the z890 and the ESS 800 has the ability to help transform the economics of computing by offering a substantial improvement in total cost of ownership, with world-class system performance, reliability and security."

Touro Infirmary is working with Siemens Medical Solutions, a leading IBM Business Partner for healthcare solutions, to implement the new solution and migrate the applications onto the new systems. IBM Business Partners, such as Siemens, can provide organizations with a total hardware and software solution and services in a cost effective manner.

IBM began shipping the eServer zSeries 890 on May 28, 2004. The mainframe system is designed for medium-sized enterprise customers and extends the unprecedented capabilities of the company's flagship IBM eServer zSeries 990 mainframe, to mid-sized companies, at a lower entry cost and size.