IBM provides Philips with disaster
Philips Medical Systems has selected IBM to provide Canada’s first
comprehensive medical imaging Disaster Recovery service, safeguarding
thousands of ultrasounds, x-rays and other images.
In a service contract valued at $1.3 million, Philips purchased IBM
data centre capabilities to centrally store mirrored diagnostic images
and provide database replication for its clients across Canada. Philips
Medical is a leading provider of healthcare information systems, X-ray
machines, CT, MR, ultrasound and nuclear medicine imaging equipment.
With the move, Philips will eliminate the need for each healthcare
facility to maintain its own stand-alone and dedicated Disaster Recovery
facility, with duplicate data stored on duplicate servers. With IBM
Disaster Recovery services now included in Philips Medical’s products,
data is automatically stored at an IBM facility in Toronto.
Having imaging in a digital format so clinicians can access these images
and other clinical information improves the speed and accuracy of
diagnosis and treatment. Ensuring this information is protected and
recoverable in the event of a catastrophic failure is critical to the
continuum of care. A disaster recovery model such as the Philips
solution with IBM can ensure radiologists, cardiologists and other
clinicians will have access to the images and data they need to make
sound medical decisions.
According to the Medical Imaging and Technology Alliance, medical
imaging drives productivity gains, from quicker recoveries to less
costly interventions to reduced disabilities, but at the same time has
been blamed as a driver of health costs.
“Digital medical images present a huge storage capacity challenge,” says
Jeff Vachon (pictured), Director of
Informatics, Philips Medical Systems. “Images are very large and the
amount of data each facility produces can quickly multiply into many
terabytes. The need to store these images for a long time, and maintain
easy access even in the event of a catastrophe, represents a significant
investment of hospital resources. By adding disaster recovery to our
product offering, we’re freeing our clients to re-allocate precious
resources and still provide the assurance of a 96 hour recovery in the
event of a catastrophic failure.”
Under the deal, Philips purchased space in IBM’s secure data centre to
back-up, store and maintain the critical medical information on behalf
of Philips’ clients. When data needs to be recovered, a completely
loaded replacement server arrives at the client site. “This critical
service model is a key differentiator for Philips and is the only such
service in the industry today,” says Vachon.