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With record retention regulations putting pressure on health care organizations to safeguard patients' medical records, GE Healthcare turned to EMC to help power an archiving system that will quickly retrieve X-rays.

The health care provider launched Centricity PACS SE, a digital system that features EMC's Clariion AX100 machine, an entry-level storage area network device.

GE Healthcare launched the system to simplify and speed up digital image exchange in hospitals, simultaneously meeting document archiving guidelines for the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act. The Radiological Society of North America will demonstrate it in Chicago later this month.

According to Dow Wilson, CEO and president of GE Healthcare Information Technologies, health care providers had to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars to create an automated, online storage repository for images. Not anymore.

"With Centricity PACS SE, an all-online design can be realized at a fraction of the cost," Wilson said in a statement.

By embracing the new system, GE Healthcare, a $14 billion unit of General Electric Company, could conceivably eliminate the barrier for community hospitals to use a filmless digital storage system.

With Centricity PACS SE, patients will no longer have to travel to larger hospitals for the most advanced technology, according to a statement. The system comes ready to plug and play with hardware and software.

The system will leverage Clariion AX100's ability to provide consolidation, automation and advanced data protection for networked storage, supporting Microsoft Windows, Linux and Novell NetWare server software.

The AX100 boasts a wizard-driven interface, making it easier to set up and monitor, as well as snapshot-copying technology to allow point-in-time images. The machine, which can store 2.25 terabytes in one unit, also automates data management across the host and network.

While financial terms of the deal have not been disclosed, the Clariion AX100 generally costs less than $10,000. Centricity PACS SE is now shipping in the United States.