DALLAS Feb. 3, 2011 AT&T ForHealth(SM)
Hospitals and providers are facing the risk of capacity shortage to securely store and share patient medical images and information. Many of the disparate, proprietary vendor systems in place today that manage and store images will only become more taxed as the population ages and imaging volumes and sizes increase. According to Frost & Sullivan, the number of medical imaging procedures is projected to reach the 1 billion mark next year.
IDC Health Insight’s U.S. Health Industry Provider 2011 Top 10 Predictions report foresees the use of cloud storage for medical image archive data as providers begin to implement vendor-neutral archives. Balanced against this explosive growth is the need to share medical images outside the hospital’s systems with referring physicians and other facilities.
Under the new agreement, AT&T plans to utilize Acuo Technologies Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine (DICOM) Services Grid™, combined with AT&T Synaptic Storage as a Service(SM), to create a cloud-based offering for storing, accessing and sharing medical images. The solution will feature a vendor-neutral platform that supports disparate picture archiving and communication systems (PACS) on an as-needed, pay-as-you-go model, avoiding costly capital investment in storage infrastructure.
Today’s news follows the AT&T ForHealth November announcement in which AT&T announced that it is developing a new set of cloud-based, medical image archive services and security services that will give healthcare providers highly secure access to clinical data in real time, scaled to handle the huge bandwidth demands driven by live video, images and medical records.
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For over a decade, Acuo Technologies has been delivering innovative solutions that put healthcare providers in control of their data. Strong adherence to industry standards combined with patented middleware solutions provide scalable and customizable storage management solutions that deliver the ultimate promise of vendor independence and freedom to choose the best options that meet the needs of the enterprise. By choosing to deploy over 550 DICOM Services Grid™ software solutions around the world, Acuo customers are in better control of their data.
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