Dell teams with Siemens for health cloud storage

Jennifer Scott News
20 Feb, 2012

Storing medical images is no easy feat, but the two firms think cloud is the answer for the larger files

Dell and Siemens today announced they are working together to offer cloud storage to health organisations.

The Siemens Image Sharing and Archiving (ISA) service will enable medical professionals to store large imaging files, such as Computed Axial Tomography (CAT) scans, electrocardiograms (EKGs) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) tests, as well as radiography pictures.

The ISA will include Dell’s Unified Clinical Archive system, enabling healthcare establishments to store a hard copy in their own data centres but a longer term back up in the cloud, as well as offering specialist management tools to locate and restore the huge files much faster.

Along with improved ease of use and safe back up, the companies claim costs will be cut as organisations won’t have to spend so much on on-site storage or on the maintenance to keep it running smoothly.

Although the project comes from two technology giants, they have emphasised the fact the cloud storage platform is vendor neutral, allowing customers to use any archiving software they desired.

The announcement was made at this week’s Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society conference in the US.

Virtual Clouds asked Dell whether hospitals in the UK would be getting access to the new solution but a spokesman said he could not comment. 

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