Diagnostic Reading #50: Five Must-Read Articles From the Past Week

Carestream LogoA new week means a new Diagnostic Reading. This week we’re looking at digital breast tomosynthesis, patient portals, how hospitals use cloud services, hospital safety, and the future of healthcare.

1. DBT Finds 54% More Cancers than Mammography – AuntMinnie

Digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) finds 54% more cancers than 2D mammography and reduces recall rates by almost 20%, according to a new study published in Radiology. Even better, the technology identifies lesions in dense breast tissue, which mammography tends to miss.

2. Do Patient Portals Exacerbate Healthcare Disparities? – Healthcare IT News

Portals and personal health records have been touted as ways to spur better patient engagement and set the stage for improved outcomes. But a new study shows they often aren’t used at all by the very people who may need them most. The report, Disparities in Electronic Health Record Patient Portal Use in Nephrology Clinics, was published this month in the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology. Of 2,803 patients, 1,098 (39 percent) accessed the portal. Of those, more than 87 percent of users reviewed their laboratory results, 85 percent reviewed their medical information, 85 percent reviewed or altered appointments, 77 percent reviewed medications, 65 percent requested medication refills and 31 percent requested medical advice from their renal provider, according to the CJASN study.

3. Hospitals to Triple Use of Cloud Services – Healthcare IT News

Globally, the healthcare organization cloud market could triple in within five years. That would mean skyrocketing from $3.73 billion in 2015 to nearly $9.5 billion by 2020, according to research firm MarketsandMarkets. Adoption of cloud computing in healthcare is likely to increase owing to the rising need to curtail costs and enhance the quality of care, reforms benefiting healthcare IT, proliferation of new payment models, the cost-efficiency of cloud technology, and the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA).

4. New Hospital Safety Scores Report Shows Modest Patient Safety Improvements – Healthcare Informatics

The Leapfrog Group released its Fall 2015 Hospital Safety Score report showing consistent top safety performance by 133 “straight A” hospitals, while patient safety improvements across the board were more modest. Of the 2,530 hospitals issued a Hospital Safety Score, 773 earned an A (down from the 782 in spring 2015), 724 earned a B (up from 719), 866 earned a C (up from 859), and 133 earned a D (down from 143). And the latest scores indicate that 34 hospitals earned an F grade, which is up from 20 hospitals from the Spring 2015 Scores.

5. New Survey Forecasts the Future of Healthcare in 2025 – Imaging Technology News

Critical advancements in modern technology will play an integral role in progressing the Future of Healthcare, according to a new survey sponsored by Polycom, Inc.  The study, which polled more than 1,000 healthcare industry professionals from around the world, anticipated that over the next decade, a growing and aging population globally will lead to challenges in quality healthcare, including funding, easy access and a strain on current healthcare infrastructure. However, according to the research, technology developments, such as mobile, the Internet of Things (IoT) and big data, offer a promising opportunity for overcoming healthcare bottlenecks by 2025.

What is ISO 27001 Certification and Why is it Important?

Carestream Vue CloudCarestream recently received ISO 27001 Certification in Europe. We are happy to share that this is an important accomplishment for our Healthcare Information Solutions team, as it is a vital benefit to the customers we serve.

Even if ISO Certification is something you may not hear about often in the IT space, it plays a crucial role in assuring cloud customers that their data are safe, secure, and accessible. In the following paragraphs, I will explain what ISO 27001 certification is, why it is important for cloud vendors to obtain it, and most importantly, what it means for customers to work with ISO certified vendors:

What are the benefits of ISO 27001 certification?

  • Security risks are appropriately prioritized and cost effectively managed
  • It increases confidence in our Organization as it shows we care for our customer business, and we are committed to protect patient data they entrust to us
  • It demonstrates commitment to Information Security Management to third parties and stakeholders and will give them greater confidence to interact with us
  • It provides a framework to ensure fulfillment of our commercial, contractual and legal responsibilities

What are the important business value considerations facilities should be aware of?

  • This is our commitment to information security management for interested parties verified by BSI, a founding member of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO).
  • It protects our business against information security threats and vulnerabilities
  • ISO 27001 is becoming a customer requirement in many European countries
  • It therefore provides added value to the enterprise and its interested parties

What actions were needed for Carestream to obtain ISO certification?

We had to enhance our ISMS (Information Security Management System), which is a set of procedures, working instructions, dashboards files, reports, and documents that all together define our way to manage information security for the Vue Cloud business in Europe. The ISMS preserves the confidentiality, integrity and availability of information by applying a risk management process and gives confidence to interested parties that risks are adequately managed.

Why is Carestream given a certificate?

This is the assurance/confidence that the ISMS (Information Security Management System) is:

  • Compliant with ISO 27001 requirements
  • Capable to achieve the security policy and objectives declared by enterprise, according to its Information Security Policy and the associated Statement of Applicability.
  • Efficient, and designed as continuous improvement
  • Delivered by BSI, an independent body based on his audit of the ISMS

Who was involved in these actions?

All HCIS functions were involved in the Vue Cloud business for the selected countries, and more specifically European HCIS managers, cloud operation managers, local HCIS service teams and, the EAMER Vue Cloud Security Officer.

What exactly does certification cover?

It covers our ability to manage information security in our Vue Cloud business, according to our Vue Cloud Information Security Policy document.

This document states the commitment of the top management to the strategic importance of the information security management system (ISMS) and lists the main security objectives for HCIS.

What areas does it cover?

It covers the management of information security for the countries in which Carestream has Vue Cloud business,

Note that it is much more than just technical activities; it also concerns all service activities (implementation and support) as well as support functions, like HR, regulatory, purchasing, and IT infrastructure. It also lists who are the internal and external interested parties.

How will it improve Vue Cloud?

It improves our information technology and security techniques, by implementing recommendations of ISO 27002, Code of Practice for Information Security Controls.

What are the benefits to Carestream?

Implementing the security controls defined as good practice in the ISO 27001 and ISO 27002 standards, allows to better detecting weaknesses or vulnerabilities and fix them. It also helps to answer many security questions asked by customers.

What are the benefits to customers?

It proves to our customers that our ISMS has been controlled by an external auditor (here BSI), making them confident in our ability to manage the service and to handle patient data in a secured way. We are then already prepared when this certification becomes a prerequisite for some tenders.

Jean-Jacques GrondinJean-Jacques (JJ) Grondin is Carestream’s Vue Cloud Security Officer for Europe

 

The Top Medical Imaging Trends of 2015

VNA storing and sharing information

Technologies such as a VNA can provide telemedicine advantages by bringing data together under a single location.

A new year brings much in tow—new ideas to share, new trends to address, new technologies to install. While it is difficult to say exactly what will affect us the most as we begin 2015, there are certain trends that seem to leap out ahead of others. Here are five trends we expect to have a vital impact on medical imaging in 2015:

  1. 3D mammography. Digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) has been a frequent topic in trade publications for a few years. As more studies are released touting the success of this technology in finding lesions and reducing recall rates, its popularity is only going to increase. Especially when top-tier media such as TIME names DBT one as one of the most important health advances made in 2014. Add to the equation the increase in states passing dense breast tissue notification laws, and DBT will only grow further as it has proven to be a technology that provides a more thorough exam for those with dense tissue. In Jan 2015, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) established two new add-on codes that extend additional payment when DBT is performed along with 2D digital mammography.
  2. Multimedia enhanced radiology reporting (MERR). Text-only reports are fading away. A study from Emory University and the Harvey L. Neiman Health Policy Institute found that 80% of respondents said MERRs “improved understanding of radiology findings by correlating images to text reports.” The study also found that the multimedia reports  provided easier access to images while monitoring progression of a condition, and saved time understanding findings without supporting images. While improving the radiology report, the multimedia-enhanced version also provides more financial value to radiologists. A recent study showed that 80% of respondents indicated an increased likelihood of preferentially referring patients to facilities that offer MERR, and 79% indicated an increased likelihood of recommending peers use facilities offering MERR.
  3. Wider adoption of cloud technologies. Radiology, along with the rest of the healthcare sector, is moving to the cloud, and it is happening fast. According to an article in Applied Radiology, the global cloud computing marketing in healthcare was valued at $1.8 billion in 2011, and is expected to grow at 21% at compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of 21% to $6.8 billion by 2018. While initial upfront costs can vary between the intensity of building an organization’s own private cloud, or the ease and flexibility of using public cloud architecture, the process efficiency, financial predictability of paying for only what the organization needs, and long-term cost savings are making the cloud a worthwhile investment.
  4. Centralization of clinical data. Collaboration is a must for health facilities. No department can be left out of the patient experience equation. This means that department silos will have to be broken down—enabling personnel collaboration and the unification of clinical data. Vendor neutral archives (VNAs) are evolving beyond being a repository for radiology. The evolution is allowing the capability to store and exchange clinical content in DICOM and/or non-DICOM formats. This goes beyond the traditional capabilities offered by a VNA by embedding intelligent lifecycle management and meta-data management to optimize the efficiency of multiple archives. With this evolution, all clinical data is available, easily accessible and useable to provide enhanced patient care.
  5. Telemedicine. The global telemedicine market in 2016 is predicted to be $27 billion, with virtual health services accounting for nearly 60% of the total. Additionally, it is expected that by 2018, two-thirds of interactions with healthcare organizations will be conducted via mobile devices. Last year was an important year for telemedicine, as wearable technology became prominent. 2015 will be the year where we see significant growth in the telemedicine, as it is projected to grow at CAGR of 18% to $3.8 billion by 2019, according to Transparency Market Research. With virtual reading, diagnoses, and reporting now a possibility, expect telemedicine to bring together health facilities like never before—from large systems to those located in rural areas.

Today’s changing healthcare landscape places an urgent emphasis on improving the quality of patient care and reducing overall costs in health facilities.   Adoption of new technologies such as 3D mammography, cloud computing, and telemedicine will play a major role.  So will our ability to become smarter in how we utilize health information through centralization of clinical data and multimedia enhanced radiology reporting (MERR).   As the benefits from these five key trends in medical imaging become more widespread, we will see further adoption and improve care for a larger population of patients around the world.

Carestream CMONorman C.W. Yung is the Chief Marketing Officer at Carestream.

 

 

Diagnostic Reading #1: Five Must-Read Articles from the Past Week

CSH-RIS-PACS-Blog-“Diagnostic Reading” is a new weekly series in which we will be sharing five articles we have come across in the past week that are worth reading and sharing. The topics covered will be across the spectrum–from radiology and medical imaging trends, to the most important issues affecting healthcare IT today. We hope you find these articles valuable.

1) Cloud Security and What it Means for Our Health

This article addresses many common questions regarding cloud security in healthcare. The article talks about the basics of the cloud before the discussion shifts to the transformation of healthcare with new technology.

2) Adding DBT to Screening Mammo Boosts Benefits, But Not Cost

Research conducted at the University of Washington has revealed that digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) is cost effective and beneficial to mammography patients. This article analyzes the economic and medical benefits of DBT.

3) BYOD Security Risks: Strategies to Protect Your Hospital

The BYOD, or bring your own device, trend has started in many hospitals. This allows medical professionals to use their own phone, tablet etc. to access patient portals. This article talks about the potential security risks and how to deal with those risks.

4) Meaningful Use Problems Go Beyond Just Software, Say “Stage 2 Flexibility” Critics

This article touches on some of the current and potential difficulties of Stage 2 Meaningful Use.  As Meaningful Use progresses, healthcare teams will not have as much time to plan.

5) Assuring Quality: a Challenge that Must Be Met Now

In this article, Thomas Pope, MD, discusses the importance of peer-reviewing X-ray results in order to provide more successful diagnostic readings.

Radiology and Macro Healthcare Trends Part II: Cost

Part I of this blog series focused on radiology’s significant role in the capture and sharing of patient data.  This post will focus on costs.   At a time when 23% of U.S. adults either had problems paying medical bills or were unable to pay them, cost is top of mind for patients and practitioners.  Imaging costs now vary widely and, money spent on imaging has correlated to a reduction in hospital stays.

But what can radiologists do to have an impact on cost?  Here are two ways:

  • Imaging AppropriatenessCloud
    • Work with peers and other healthcare professionals to determine which radiology studies will be meaningful.  Better decisions directly correlate with keeping costs down and, with a focus on quality images, will make a difference in the diagnosis process.
  • Nurturing Expertise
    • The quality of images cannot be understated.  While technology plays an important part, the radiologist’s training and expertise contribute greatly to how well an image is captured.  In addition, being able to read an image and communicate that reading makes a radiologist an increasingly valuable asset to the diagnosis process.  By promoting professional development and advanced training, healthcare facilities are supporting cost-control and imaging effectiveness.

The fact is that inappropriate imaging exams and a lack of quality in images drives up healthcare costs. In the U.S., healthcare costs per capita are twice as much as the averaged developed country, and the quality of care is not necessarily better.

To combat these risings costs in healthcare, cloud technologies are being sought out by radiology departments around the globe. Implementing cloud solutions is resulting in reduced costs and improved quality, as turnaround time on reading images decreases, as well as costs associated with managing and storing images on infrastructure as it becomes outsourced.

According to the 2014 HIMSS Analytics Cloud Survey, the number one reason healthcare facilities looked to cloud technologies was because the costs were less than current IT maintenance. Cloud adoption is not only increasing in the U.S. Across Europe, healthcare facilities are looking to the cloud as a solution to boost productivity and decrease costs.

With these trends, it has become clear IT technologies—especially the cloud—are leading the way to improving costs. With medical images often using up the largest volumes of data, radiology is often becoming the leading department in using the cloud effectively.

What do you think? Are there other ways in which radiologists play a role in streamlining healthcare costs?

In part three of this series, we will focus the quality of healthcare and how radiology plays a part.

Carestream CMONorman Yung is the CMO for Carestream. His series about macro trends in healthcare is being published in three parts. Part I was posted in September and Part III will be published in November.

 

 

Three Examples of Vendor Neutral Archives Transforming Healthcare Workflow

Doug Rufer

Doug Rufer, Director Technical Marketing and Clinical Sales Engineering, Carestream

Vendor neutral archives (VNA) can transform workflow across the healthcare enterprise and should be seen as more than an opportunity for IT hardware simplification or consolidation of radiology images. This broad view was explored in Cleveland Clinic presentations at both RSNA and HIMSS about the Imaging Institute’s VNA implementation and enterprise imaging support model.

As one of the world’s largest VNA suppliers, we’ve seen the true advantage of VNA realized time and again when hospitals and health systems look beyond radiology and build an image access and viewing strategy that reaches across departments and deeper into the enterprise.

Looking for proof beyond the Cleveland Clinic?

Consider these three examples that range from a large urban integrated health network to the world’s second largest Health Maintenance Organization:

Rochester General Hospital

When Rochester General Health System was planning updates to their older multi-site, multi-archive distributed PACS, the IT department recognized an opportunity to implement an enterprise architecture across eight clinically integrated affiliates.

Current clinical workflow needs were being minimally addressed, but were not sufficient to support the organization’s evolving needs and growing imaging volumes.

A single, unified Rad/Card PACS was implemented, with a virtualized Vendor Neutral Archive providing long-term online storage for 230,000 studies annually, from two hospitals and four outpatient imaging facilities.

Consolidation of the Rochester Health System infrastructure occurred in conjunction with an assessment of enterprise clinical viewing needs across the enterprise. Clinical viewing consolidation was achieved using a zero-download viewer for enhanced access via the system-wide EMR to the information stored on the VNA. Clinician productivity, decision support and clinical learning have all benefited from easy access to historical information.

Winthrop University Hospital

When planning their PACS infrastructure upgrade, Winthrop-University Hospital determined it would be a good time to leverage enhanced vendor neutrality.

They implemented a cloud-based VNA and migrated existing online and offline diagnostic and interventional radiology, radiation oncology, vascular ultrasound and cardiac CTA studies. Cardiology and Orthopedic data are now being added and include DICOM and non-DICOM studies and scanned JPEG files.

The enterprise view adopted by Winthrop-University Hospital extended to providing clinicians with “universal” workstation access. The goal was to leverage the “neutrality” of the VNA storage infrastructure and single backend interface that was no longer limited by multiple unconnected systems.

Separating clinical storage from clinical viewing is expected to simplify future technology deployments by the hospital and increase the technology options available for future consideration.

Clalit Health Services

A patient-centric approach drove Clalit Heath Services in Israel, the world’s second largest Health Maintenance Organization, to implement a centralized storage architecture for standardized enterprise-reading and clinical-viewing workflow.

Shared worklists and an image-enabled EMR provide 10,000 physicians, across 12 hospitals and 40 imaging centers, access to 5M annual Radiology, Cardiology and Ophthalmology studies.

Dr. Arnon Makori, Radiologist and Director of Imaging Informatics at Clalit Health Services, feels, “The only way to achieve increased quality of care, centered on patient needs, is to provide universal access to clinical information and eliminate independent, site-specific workflows. If the workflow is optimized, then everyone benefits: the patient, radiologist, specialty physicians and IT.”

As these examples have illustrated, success is often driven by an enterprise imaging plan that reflects the organization’s overall needs – and not just those of a single department.

Interested in learning more about VNA? You can download an intro to VNA presentation on Carestream’s SlideShare channel or a quick VNA evaluation checklist here.

Cloud Computing Moving to the Business Leader’s Agenda

Jeff Fleming, Carestream’s Vice President, Healthcare Information Solutions Sales and Service, US & Canada, Carestream

Jeff Fleming, Carestream’s Vice President, Healthcare Information Solutions Sales and Service, US & Canada, Carestream

A recent post on IBM’s Thoughts on Cloud blog caught my attention. Titled “Running at the Speed of Cloud,” the post reported results from a recent study by the IBM Center of Applied Insights of more than 800 cloud decision makers and users—finding that “pacesetters” are separating themselves from the pack by leveraging cloud for business transformation—not just IT transformation.

It’s this different viewpoint that is also moving cloud computing discussions and decisions from the IT department to the C-Suite boardroom. IBM’s study predicts that by 2016 cloud will matter more to business leaders than to IT.

Cloud’s strategic importance to business leaders is poised to double from 34 percent to 72 percent – blowing past their IT counterparts at 58 percent. ~ IBM Center of Applied Insights, “Under cloud cover: How leaders are accelerating competitive differentiation,” October 2013.

As our team meets with healthcare CIOs and CEOs, this is definitely a shift we’re starting to see as well. The current dynamics in healthcare have business leaders evaluating the cloud as an enabler of new care models, better decisions and collaboration.Cloud

Has the cloud made it to your C-Suite’s agenda? Here are my three tips for discussing the cloud with healthcare business leaders:

  1. Refocus the conversation – Avoid leading with the expense of purchasing, maintaining and managing hardware and software.  Identify opportunities for competitive advantage that can be achieved through cloud computing like the ability to drive deeper collaboration, make better decisions or change care models. For example, consider how cloud technology can play a role in reversing referral leakage or arming you with better big data for clinical decision support.
  2. Map to other priorities – Tie your cloud pitch to other business priorities and the ability to respond more quickly. For example, how could the cloud support your participation in an HIE? Or could your organization more rapidly react to patient demand for online image access and stage 2 meaningful use requirements with a cloud service for image sharing?
  3. Introduce potential for new services / business models – Explore how the scalability of the cloud can open the door to new markets and target segments grow revenue in light of changing reimbursement models. For instance, could your radiology department expand and leverage cloud services to take on interpretation and official reporting for urgent care centers in the surrounding area?

Is the cloud’s perceived value for your organization currently too narrow? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

Why the Cloud is Leading the Way in Medical Imaging Storage

Cristine Kao

Cristine Kao, Global Marketing Manager, Healthcare IT, Carestream

The findings released in a recent Wall Street Journal article about the storage of medical images were not the least bit surprising. According to Frost & Sullivan, the amount of storage volume needed to house medical images has more than tripled since 2005, and is projected to double in the next five years. To address these alarming numbers, healthcare facilities are more often looking to the cloud, and for good reason.

The hospital in the article, Henry Ford Health System, needed to invest $200,000 in hardware and software upgrades to its image archiving system, it opted for cloud services. The biggest financial advantage of this was the removal of the large capital investment and the installation of a more affordable service that housed the images offsite at a reasonable upfront cost and monthly usage fees.

A story like this is becoming all too familiar in today’s healthcare industry. The Wall Street Journal article stated that 15% of healthcare systems in the U.S. are using cloud storage services and that number is only going to increase as image volume does. In addition to the financial advantages that cloud services provide over time, the human capital space needed to invest in managing in-house storage facilities are also alleviated. The days of internal data centers are dissipating, along with the numerous hours invested in maintaining the hardware and software. With cloud services, those responsibilities fall on the service provider.

VNA accessThe article was smart to point out one of the key concerns when it comes to cloud services: security. This concern has easily been the strongest roadblock to adoption, but it can be combated with trust between the healthcare organization and the service provider. While human capital is moved away from the hardware and software upkeep, it is now focused on partnering with the provider to understand where the data is stored, how data are stored, the security measures that the vendor has in place, and a checklist to ensure that all compliance measures are in place.

In all of this talk of cloud services and medical image storage, the key question to keep in mind is, “What allows the healthcare organization to provide the best care possible for its patients?”

Cloud adoption is not universal yet. Not by a long shot. But it’s gaining ground, and this is because health facilities who implement it are finding that they are able to provide healthcare that is more affordable, of a higher quality, and is more efficient. The switch to the cloud won’t happen overnight, but with more stories like the Wall Street Journal article showing up, that switch is destined to happen at a more rapid pace.

You can click on the following links for more details about Carestream’s cloud and archiving capabilities.

What is a Vendor-Neutral Archive and How Can it Benefit Healthcare Facilities?

Cristine Kao

Cristine Kao, Global Marketing Manager, Healthcare IT, Carestream

Workflow is everything in a hospital. Not only do doctors need to perfect surgical processes, but informational processes must be perfected too, or else care might not be delivered to a patient in a timely manner. There is a breadth of technologies available today for facilities that work to improve the quality and efficiency of delivered care. The vendor-neutral archive (VNA) is one of the more popular technologies and for good reason.

The definition of a VNA often refers to an enterprise storage and workflow solution that uses neutrality to resolve a range of workflow challenges within the organization. To work properly, a VNA system must work seamlessly with other installed systems. Integrating with storage systems and adhering to numerous open standards allow the capabilities of the VNA to manage large volumes of information sharing.

The concept of neutrality is literally central to a VNA. Data must be stored in non-proprietary, interchange formats. This is what differentiates a VNA from a traditional departmental archive running a proprietary or DICOM (digital imaging and communications in medicine) only format. The sharing of DICOM and non-DICOM data, text-based information, PDF documents, and images requires large volumes of storage and sharing, so even if a facility’s initial plans call for DICOM-only storage, neutral systems must be present to support other systems.

The importance of neutrality continues in the ongoing process of the consolidation and migration of clinical information. The strategic plan for an imaging system should acknowledge the data migrations across heterogeneous vendor systems, which leads to establishing a balance of clinical workflows and data consolidation. This approach provides the benefit of allowing a facility to maintain a legacy archive to manage historical information until a new storage system can be purchased.

The consolidation of data requires mechanism to ensure its integrity and synchronization—both vital in supporting worklists across various facilities around the world. Physicians require a unified view of a patient’s available information. To achieve this, the synchronization of incoming DICOM and non-DICOM images, reports, lab results, notes, etc., is a necessity. This capability also enables a multi-VNA installation to provide geographic disaster recovery and business continuity. That way if one system fails, the information remains accessible and transmittable in times of need.

In the end, the consolidation of existing clinical storage systems through virtualization and the elimination of multiple online/offline tiers can be made possible by the use of a VNA. Doing so creates opportunities to move infrastructure to the cloud, as many VNA providers offer managed services that maintain all aspects of the system-related expense. The result is significant cost savings and management benefits since fewer personnel are needed for system upkeep. To improve enterprise imaging workflow, the zero-footprint universal viewer serves as an important link. In all, the VNA can alleviate the daunting IT demands that go into supporting hardware and software for larger clinical bases.

For more information about VNAs, as well as real-world examples of healthcare facilities implementing VNAs to improve workflow, check out the white paper below, “Vendor-Neutral Archives: A Real-World Solution for Patient-Centric Workflow.”

Partnering Up with Intel to Test Next Generation of Efficient Image Storage and Management

Cristine Kao

Cristine Kao, Global Marketing Manager, Healthcare IT, Carestream

Storage is an important component of our healthcare information solutions (HCIS) solution offering. Archiving images and allowing efficient and effective access to those images is a major offering in our PACS and VNA solutions, that to not provide our customers with the best services would serve as a disservice to both them and us. To consistently ensure quality storage, archiving, and access capabilities, we must work with the best business partners to stay ahead of the technology curve.

When it comes to allowing access to data, our cloud data center architecture must be engineered in a way that allows for optimal upload and transportation of images across their networks. With plans to expand our cloud services in the UK, a new data center is planned with optimal network and storage architecture. With Intel as a long time partner to Carestream, we decided to test a converged network adaptor that is designed to support heavy server traffic and image data volume on the storage area network. The early Proof of Concept along with the existing data center designs shows promising results of lower total cost while maintaining performance.

What Carestream gains in business values from an optimized cloud data center design, our customers will benefit as well. A partnership with companies like Intel allows Carestream to continuously evaluate the best technology solutions available, ensuring our customers has access to consistent high-quality service. Additionally, Carestream will be capable of upgrading to more flexible and manageable infrastructure, meaning that the company can adjust accordingly to meet the needs of our customers’ usage and technology requirements.

Existing in an ever-changing healthcare environment, versatility and agility are important to both us and our customers. This partnership with Intel ensures that we’re able to stay at the top of our game and provide the best products and services possible to our customers.

If you’d like more details about this partnership and the Intel converged network adaptor that we’re using, you can read the company’s case study about converging server and storage network traffic.