IBM Introduces Grid Medical Archive Solution to Manage Healthcare Storage Growth

Allows Hospital Networks to Share Storage and Optimize Medical Imaging

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ARMONK, NY - 02 Jun 2005: IBM and Bycast Inc. today announced new solutions designed to help deliver improved patient care through a grid-powered storage system that enables Picture Archive and Communication System (PACS) applications and other systems to more readily access fixed-content data including medical files, documents and images. IBM Healthcare and Life Science's Grid Medical Archive Solution (GMAS), based on IBM's TotalStorage® and eServer(TM) and Bycast Inc.'s StorageGRID(TM) software, provides flexible and scalable virtualized storage solutions for medium-to-large healthcare organizations and hospital networks.

Hospitals and other health institutions, through their existing PACS and imaging applications, will be able to access distributed medical images using open and scalable technologies, including Linux, while taking advantage of robust data integrity features. GMAS effectively abstracts PACS from the underlying storage infrastructure via the use of Grid storage technologies, allowing hospitals to share storage across distributed facilities, helping to optimize utilization, simplifying administration and decreasing storage costs. The resulting scalable storage system enhances PACS' ability to quickly and reliably deliver patient images to where they are needed throughout the organization, which can help lead to improved diagnosis, treatment and serve as a foundation for information-based medicine.

With departmental buying being the historic norm in healthcare, healthcare providers are seeing a significant increase in storage investment associated with medical imaging and other types of fixed content (e.g. audio, video, documents). Today's healthcare providers must address their growing storage needs by leveraging resources across multiple applications and sites instead of continuing to invest in storage every time an individual departmental need arises.

"Healthcare clients are looking for ways to deliver high-availability storage systems that can scale to tackle the exponential growth of fixed content data and multiple facilities," said Moe Kermani, CEO of Bycast Inc. "By using StorageGRID's powerful capabilities with IBM's products and services, hospitals can achieve a more flexible and cost effective enterprise-wide storage system. IBM has the experience, skills and resources to assist customers of all sizes, across all geographies, to deliver solutions on a local, national and global basis."

As a technology leader with years of experience developing and implementing breakthrough healthcare solutions, IBM Healthcare & Life Sciences understands the infrastructure, regulatory, budgetary and patient care challenges facing healthcare providers. With Bycast and IBM, customers can more effectively allow their PACS and imaging applications and distributed storage without any disruption to their imaging applications.

"This solution is a prime example of how Grid computing is fundamentally changing the way customers interact with information technology, harnessing the combined power of heterogeneous computing devices and disparate information sources around the world to attack challenges in research, government, healthcare and commercial enterprises," said Ken King, IBM's vice president of Grid computing. "In this instance, we're delivering innovative Grid-enabled solutions to address healthcare providers' most important challenges with the long-term goal of improving patient care."

Implementing GMAS underneath an enterprise PACS or imaging system can help deliver the following benefits to healthcare organizations: