Technology | February 22, 2011

IHE-Compliant Cloud Storage Now Available on HP Workstation

February 22, 2011 – More than 29 IHE Integration profiles were successfully certified at the IHE North American Connectathon in Chicago. The announcement from Medweb came at the 2011 Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMMS).

The company also announced an alliance with Hewlett-Packard (HP) to demonstrate Medweb Cloud Solutions as an integrated service on a variety of HP desktops and mobile workstations.

The cloud based picture archiving and communications system (PACS) service extends certified IHE-compliant image archiving to all sizes of medical practice. As a monthly service, it includes cross enterprise document and image exchange profiles to link offices, clinics and hospitals across health information exchanges, as well as conventional radiology workflow profiles.

The 2011 Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE) North America Connectathon, allows vendors to perform required transactions for the roles they select (IHE Actors) in support of defined clinical use cases (IHE Profiles). These allow integration of multiple information systems from disparate institutions to share medical record and image data electronically between facilities.

Medweb’s certification specifically addresses the workflows for intramural radiology and PACS workflow, as well as cross enterprise document and image sharing, and related encryption, logging and collaboration profiles. This allows the sharing of medical imaging and documents between hospitals, clinics, and doctors offices.

The company’s IHE compliance included IHE Cross-Enterprise Document Sharing (XDS.b) and IHE Cross-Enterprise Document Sharing for Imaging (XDS-I.b), XDS b document repository, Image Manager Scheduled Workflow (SWF) and Patient Information Reconciliation (PIR as well as providing comprehensive Clinical Document Repository (CDR) and Vendor Neutral Archive (VNA) capabilities.

In coordination with HP, Medweb will provide web-based PACS and Cloud Storage on HP mobile workstations. The two companies provide a complete virtual PACS solution that provides high-quality image viewing in the cloud. This solution offers cloud-hosted imaging and a data repository that provides fast, secure and unlimited storage for physicians and specialists. It also provides advanced interactive 3-D image display tools that make use of the touch screen capabilities of the HP tablet.

The Web-based PACS cloud computing solution provides a reliable storage solution that grows with the needs of the clinician and eliminates the need to spend money on expensive in-house PACS systems or upgrades. It extends the life of existing PACS systems by pushing the storage component off-site and converting it to a usage-basis service built on a highly reliable, redundant, secure and HIPAA-compliant infrastructure.

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