I’ve blogged before about the need for healthcare providers to have IT in place to empower physicians to care for today’s information-hungry e-patients. For many organisations, this can be a significant challenge, especially in the face of financial restrictions such as the UK’s recently announced NHS budget cuts.
It’s not enough to simply make data immediately available to staff - healthcare IT is under pressure to improve the interoperability and value of all clinical data for the long term too. IT managers in charge of storage management need to make sure information assets are not only easily available to authorised users, but also more efficient, cost effective and innovative than before.
We’re working with our customers to solve their storage management challenges through storage virtualisation which lowers the amount of storage and networking hardware. This also makes management and administration easier by transferring all of the new technology’s capabilities to the older equipment and managing it from a single point.
What we need to do is transform existing silos of multi-vendor storage into a shared pool of resources that can be centrally managed, and to virtualise old archives - effectively bringing old equipment back to life. In this way we can revitalise existing assets, while reclaiming, utilising and optimising space that was previously wasted.
The recently launched Hitachi Clinical Repository (HCR) helps our customers do just that. It can create a metadata repository based on any information system, giving healthcare providers a simplified view of all relevant patient information. The HCR is an information management solution that transforms raw medical data and images into meaningful information, independent of source applications, helping to improve decision making and patient care.
For example, Klinikum Wels-Grieskirchen, one of the largest hospitals in Austria with more than 3,500 employees across four locations, needed a way to make its complex and siloed processes more automated and efficient. It now uses the HCR to consolidate patient information for its lab, radiology and unstructured content management systems, and associated metadata.
I’ve been excited to see organisations like Klinikum Wels-Grieskirchen taking these steps towards creating a future-ready storage environment. By recognising that the needs of today must be met without compromising on preparations for tomorrow, healthcare providers like this are setting themselves at the forefront of the industry.
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