With the digitization of medical imaging and the regulatory pressures of HIPAA, healthcare providers are facing challenges in implementing a cost effective, reliable and scalable data archiving and management solution. The need for disaster recovery (DR) at both the hospital enterprise level as well as the department level has also increased. The limitations and disadvantages of data back-up solutions, such tape or CD/DVD are increasingly becoming apparent as the volume of data, retention time and file sizes are all increasing in unison. Disc-based archiving solutions providing always online access to images combined with high availability is becoming the core part of a disaster recovery strategy.
In 2005, Hurricane Katrina along the U.S. Gulf Coast as well as a number of other natural disaster demonstrated that unforeseen events can create significant disruptions in patient care and patient data integrity at large and small healthcare enterprises. The lack of timely access to patient records and data in the aftermath of any unforeseen event can result in dire unintended consequences such as the loss of life. The widespread use of imaging technologies in medicine for the timely diagnosis as well as treatment of various conditions, require that medical images be readily available to healthcare providers at all times.
Disaster Recovery Solution: ImageGrid DICOM Storage Server Appliance
The ImageGrid product line by Candelis is a disk-based DICOM storage appliance with capacities ranging from 2 terabyte (TB) to hundreds of terabytes. ImageGrid units are able to receive images directly from any DICOM modality and provide immediate access to images from any DICOM viewer and workstation.
ImageGrid's robust routing engine can automatically route images and studies from a local ImageGrid to a remote ImageGrid unit over a high speed internet connection. The routing of studies from the primary to secondary ImageGrid can be scheduled to occur at specific times or immediately upon a study being archived on the primary system.
Healthcare facilities with multiple locations can install an ImageGrid at a second location and connect the two units via a high speed virtual private network (VPN) connection.
Many well established telecommunications companies provide secure SSAE 16 compliant data centers. ImageGrid customers wanting to archive a second copy of their studies in a secure off-site location, can rent rack space at one these secure site and have a duplicate copy of every study routed to the second ImageGrid.