In the healthcare world, it’s all about improving patient outcomes and saving lives. Technology can either impede or accelerate a healthcare organization’s capability to perform the actions needed to provide proper care. And, in the era of COVID-19, it is increasingly important that medical professionals be able to access a patient’s records as well as their medical imaging (CT Scans, X-rays, and MRIs) in a timely manner so that they can treat the patient effectively.
Why is Rapid Access to Medical Records & Imaging Critical?
Rapid access to patient’s medical records and past medical images gives the doctor background on pre-existing and chronic conditions. With this improved understanding of the patient’s health history, they can more effectively diagnose illnesses and disease, and then set the course to begin treatment.
How Can We Help Eliminate Technology Bottlenecks at Hospitals?
The right technology may be key to helping reduce or even eliminate bottlenecks at hospitals, especially when they are overloaded with patients. Increased patient loads need technology that can keep pace by providing an accurate picture of the patient’s past and present health status.
What Technology is Needed in Today’s Hospitals?
Besides the need in today’s hospitals for more beds, respirators and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), healthcare organizations need a solution that can support all their imagery applications including X-Rays, MRI and picture archiving and communication system (PACS) applications. Additionally, the solution must fit the health organization’s requirements to comply with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) as well as other regulations.
What Are the Storage Requirements for Medical Imaging?
Medical imaging requires a highly scalable storage solution, as medical images are often large files that need to be stored long term. As new imagery systems are providing higher resolution results, the file sizes are increasing also. Organizations also need the ability to protect and search those records. This is an ideal case for object storage, and Caringo Swarm in particular. Caringo Swarm Object Storage utilizes standard servers and is massively scalable to hundreds of petabytes. Swarm has built-in data protection and metadata search to ensure data can be easily located when needed.
Over the past 14 years, Caringo Swarm has been used by hospitals, medical research and federal agencies in storing and protecting patient data. Object Storage has changed the way that medical records are stored and retrieved. Gone are the days where records are managed manually on prem, or physical copies are ordered and shipped. This has eliminated what can be a catastrophic treatment delay for a patient. It also means that records are not at risk in disasters such as floods and fires.
Now that records are stored and retrieved digitally from a centralized location, medical practitioners can access them using modern technology such as a tablet or laptop device. If your organization is looking to upgrade its infrastructure to support these potentially life-saving technologies, contact us.
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