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
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
“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
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
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.