OCTOBER 1--Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH; Boston, MA) and EMC Corporation (Hopkinton, MA;www.EMC.com), a leader in information storage, will jointly establish the EMC Data Center for Information Imaging within the BWH Center of Excellence for Evidence-Based Imaging. Together, EMC and BWH will develop innovative practices for a fully digital health-care-imaging environment. The EMC Data Center for Information Imaging will provide facilities for BWH scientists to conduct cutting-edge research through the use of state-of-the-art information-technology, radiographic, and cardiographic tools. This technology will allow physicians to practice evidence-based medicine in real time and at the point of care to reduce medical errors associated with inappropriate use of imaging resources.
Additionally, the center will provide BWH with electronic capabilities to improve efficiency of storage, access, and management of patient health records incorporating genomic and proteomic data, which will allow BWH to leverage clinical knowledge whenever and wherever it's needed. EMC will utilize the center to develop best practices in medical imaging and to better understand requirements to develop future technologies.
EMC CLARiiON enterprise storage systems and software will support the center. The center will also implement EMC Centera content addressed storage systems and software, enabling huge repositories of clinical information to be shared on-line between clinicians while helping the hospital meet regulatory and business requirements for redundancy and security.
BWH has standardized on EMC CLARiiON enterprise storage systems and software infrastructure for its Multi-Disciplinary Picture Archiving and Communication System (MD-PACS), now the largest in the country, generating more than 2 Tbytes of image information per month from more than 120 image-acquisition devices in radiology, cardiology, and other image-generating disciplines. EMC MirrorView remote replication software is currently being installed for business continuity at another site on campus. BWH utilizes EMC Navisphere Manager software to simplify data management and improve information availability.
BWH is a 716-bed nonprofit teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School.