Hitachi announces new system for
TORONTO – Hitachi
Data Systems Corporation has introduced the Hitachi Clinical Repository
(HCR), an information management solution that transforms raw medical
data and images into meaningful information, independent of the source
Leveraging the company’s intelligent data and storage management
technologies, HCR creates a metadata repository based on any information
system and gives healthcare providers a consolidated view of all
relevant patient information.
As a result, healthcare organizations can increase interoperability,
significantly reduce costs while improving access to data, and better
utilize electronic health records (EHRs) to meet important government
Today’s healthcare facilities are faced with explosive growth of medical
information and images from every clinical department. Most of this
important patient data contains additional underlying data, called
metadata, which is stored in a static, proprietary format inaccessible
to other applications and therefore remains unused.
Healthcare providers are under growing pressure to take full advantage
of their data – and the application silos the data reside in – to
optimize how they make important patient care decisions.
Creating and managing a central, integrated metadata repository of
patient information is an integral component to improve facility-wide
Unlike current Vendor Neutral Archives (VNAs) that focus only on medical
images, Hitachi Clinical Repository consolidates all patient data,
standardizes the formats across disparate applications and then provides
this data to EHR and portals in a single, unified view that can then be
mined intelligently and distributed centrally and securely.
“Hitachi Clinical Repository takes the concept of Medical Imaging VNAs
and expands it to include the entire healthcare facility,” said Bill
Burns, vice president, Health and Life Sciences, Hitachi Data Systems.
“Its unique capability is adding patient metadata to image and non-image
data, at any point in the lifecycle, to restore the long-term value to
this most critical class of data.
“By seamlessly consolidating and presenting all relevant health and
business data in a single, longitudinal record, healthcare providers can
now get the most comprehensive view of their patients, regardless of
which information system the data resides in. HCR enables providers to
be more efficient, cost effective and innovative – it truly transforms
the delivery of patient care.”
HCR is comprised of several Hitachi storage technologies, including
Hitachi Content Platform (HCP), Hitachi NAS Platform, powered by BlueArc
(HNAS), and Hitachi Data Discovery Suite (HDDS). HCR is a
standards-based interoperability framework that accepts multiple data
types, parses the data and indexes the metadata, enabling
interoperability between external applications such as EHRs or clinical
Hitachi Data Systems provides a complete data transformation service to
capture appropriate data from the many information sources within an
enterprise, index that data as well as its file system, application and
customer metadata, and then make that data available to external sources
through the platform’s API architecture.
Business rules, privacy and security requirements, quality and audit
assessments, governance and workflow processes can all be applied
against the indexed data for further improvements to patient care.
Additional benefits of Hitachi Clinical Repository include:
• Indexing and sophisticated metadata analysis of more than 50 different
document and 400 multi-purpose internet mail extensions (MIME) types,
their content and possible different levels of information.
• Significant reduction in waste, operational and maintenance costs
while improving access to data and increasing efficiency.
• Metadata indexing improves the organization, accessibility,
discoverability and long term value of data.
• Physical adoption and utilization of a single longitudinal patient
record through EHR and portal solutions enables enterprise adoption and
utilization of EHR solutions.
“Creating and managing metadata repositories are important components
for improving enterprise data management and information exploitation,”
said David Floyer, CTO and co-founder, Wikibon. “HDS has incorporated
its leading edge technologies into Hitachi Clinical Repository to
provide a much richer metadata capture by opening and interrogating
every type of object (not just standard containers) during the
acquisition process. This will give clinicians improved access to
information related to the patient’s situation and better decision
making. HCR is a model for addressing the general data management
challenges within IT of extending the value of data beyond the
applications that create it.”
Success Story: Klinikum-Wels Grieskirchen
As one of the largest hospitals in Austria, with more than 3,500
employees across 4 locations, Klinikum Wels-Grieskirchen needed a way to
make its complex and siloed processes more automated and efficient. It
now leverages HCR to consolidate patient information for its lab,
radiology and unstructured content management systems, and associated
metadata, to provide a consolidated view to its National eHealth
application and the hospital’s own clinician portal.
“Klinikum-Wels selected HCR to give providers the right information, at
the right time, in the right place and in the correct format,” said
Elmar Flamme, CIO, Klinikum-Wels-Grieskirchen. “The ability to search
for information across all deployed systems, irrespective of vendor or
location, is the key. Hitachi Clinical Repository gives us the
flexibility to easily integrate any kind of clinical system into a
facility-wide archive, creating a foundation to offer information for
all clinical and administrative use cases and provide much better
Hitachi Clinical Repository is available for hospitals of all sizes,
hospital groups, integrated delivery networks (IDN) and health
About Hitachi Data Systems
Hitachi Data Systems provides best-in-class information technologies,
services and solutions that deliver compelling customer ROI, unmatched
return on assets (ROA) and demonstrable business impact. With a vision
that IT must be virtualized, automated, cloud-ready and sustainable,
Hitachi Data Systems offers solutions that improve IT costs and agility.
With more than 4,500 employees worldwide, Hitachi Data Systems does
business in more than 100 countries and regions. Hitachi Data Systems
products, services and solutions are trusted by the world’s leading
enterprises, including more than 70 percent of the Fortune 100 and more
than 80 percent of the Fortune Global 100. Hitachi Data Systems believes
that data drives our world – and information is the new currency. To
learn more, visit http://www.hds.com.
Posted February 24, 2011