IBM Launches New Versions of Two Solutions Designed to Enhance Medical Images, Storage and Accessibility

IBM Medical Assessment Workstation II and Medical Archive Solution II Produce Near Photographic Quality and Can Help Provide Long-Term Storage & Retrieval Benefits

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ARMONK, NY - 30 Nov 2004: IBM today announced two new information technology (IT) solutions designed to build on the power and performance of the Medical Assessment Workstation and the Medical Archive Solution. By offering services and technology for advanced imaging displays and enterprise-level scalability and flexibility, these updated solutions can help provide a means for advancing digital radiology, reducing costs and improving patient care.

The IBM Dual Monitor Display Medical Assessment Workstation II helps enable radiology departments and remote clinics enhance productivity with twice the viewing capacity, optimal software navigation and a cinematic 16:10 aspect ratio and 204 pixels/inch, allowing close scrutiny with fine-line accuracy. Critical components of the solution include IBM service and support, a three-year limited warranty, and:

"The combination of technology used in the Medical Assessment Workstation is intended to give the field of radiology the ability to view images much more clearly than ever before and make necessary comparisons for enhanced diagnoses," said Mike Svinte, vice president, information-based medicine, IBM. "By making it more cost-effective and space-efficient than IBM's earlier solutions, I believe it will change the face of healthcare -- because more clinics and radiology departments can adopt the technology and thus more patients can benefit from it."

The IBM Medical Archive Solution II runs on both Linux® and AIX®, using pSeries® or xSeries®, allowing healthcare providers to leverage their existing IT investments, minimize resources and manage storage networks and critical data. The pre-built and tested solution includes onsite installation, administrator training, post-installation support, and:

"Storage requirements to retain medical imaging data can become very substantial. Storage requirements can range from a few terabytes for small medical treatment facilities to hundreds of terabytes for large imaging centers," said Jamie Coffin, worldwide vice president, IBM Life Sciences Solutions. "We've updated this solution to further the long-term ability to store and retrieve image data, including PACS on a low cost device designed to help meet a center's requirements and that can grow with them over time."

For more information on the Medical Archive Solution, access IBM's Redpaper Abstract at This Redpaper discusses the societal and technological factors for developing an image management solution and outlines the history of Information Based Medicine, the development of the Picture Archive and Communication System (PACS) environment, and the process of implementing the IBM Medical Archive Solution to address the needs of many medical institutions.

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