Centegra, a two-hospital system with multiple clinics serving northern Illinois, needed to consolidate existing Picture Archiving and Communications Systems (PACS) for cardiology and radiology, and was seeking a way to reduce or eliminate the costs associated with migrating images and adding hardware to meet growing storage capacity demands. Centegra also wanted to future-proof its medical image archive and retain the strategic freedom to switch imaging applications as needed. Currently the health system generates some 233,000 images per year.
With Dell’s flexible UCA solution, Centegra will store images long-term in the Dell Cloud Clinical Archive while maintaining five years’ worth of images on-site for instant access. The cloud archive stores two copies of every image at geographically separate locations, providing an efficient disaster recovery strategy without the need to maintain and manage a second data center.
Based on its recent analysis of the enterprise imaging informatics market, Frost & Sullivan recognized Dell Healthcare and Life Sciences with its 2012 North American Company of the Year Award, noting that “Dell's Unified Clinical Archive has set the standard for cloud-based enterprise-wide management of medical images.”
The Dell Cloud Clinical Archive is now managing more than 78 million clinical studies and more than 5.4 billion diagnostic imaging objects, and supporting more than 800 clinical sites in one of the world’s largest cloud-based, vendor-neutral medical image archives.
Since 2008, Centegra has also been engaged in a full IT outsourcing relationship with Dell Services. Dell Services manages and maintains a sustainable infrastructure IT environment to support Centegra’s growing organization. Through this partnership, Dell Services provides application management, infrastructure management, project management, datacenter hosting and service desk capabilities. Dell’s healthcare consulting team is also providing Centegra with skilled staff, strong best practices, and a proven delivery model for the implementation and optimization of its McKesson Paragon information system.
“With the vendor-neutral archive and the ability to support both DICOM and non-DICOM data, Dell has greatly simplified medical image management for Centegra,” said David Tomlinson, Centegra’s chief information officer. “We expect to see significant cost savings with Dell’s pay-as-you-go pricing model, as well as better control of our long-term storage infrastructure and data management costs.”
“The ever-growing volume of clinical imaging procedures is demanding more storage on multiple systems, and hospitals require technology solutions that can do more than simply store electronic patient data,” said James Coffin, Ph.D., vice president and general manager of Dell Healthcare and Life Sciences. “Dell is pleased to be working with Centegra to tailor a long-term image archiving solution that meets their unique needs.”
About Centegra Health System
Centegra Health System is committed to meeting the healthcare needs of the residents of greater McHenry County and to making services available in multiple and convenient locations, including hospitals in McHenry and Woodstock, Immediate and Physician Care Centers, Centegra Sage Cancer Center, Health Bridge Fitness Centers and more. As the region’s leading healthcare provider, Centegra Health System continues to bring the latest treatments and technology, along with the skills of nearly 4,000 medical professionals, to meet the needs of the growing McHenry County community. For more information on Centegra Health System visit centegra.org, search Centegra Health System on Facebook and Twitter or call 877-CENTEGRA (877-236-8347).
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