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Medical Archiving

The information issue

The Healthcare industry is experiencing overwhelming growth and is exploding with unstructured information. Examples of this include lab results, email, paper correspondence, patient records (paper and digital), web content, imaging, application feeds, forms, reports, etc. According to the Yankee Group- this unstructured content is growing over 200% annually, with no end in sight. This information growth is also heavily influenced by laws and regulations mandating policy-based data retention. As a result data archiving has emerged as the optimum solution. And that’s where data archiving (and OST) comes in.

The solution

Data archiving is essentially the process of moving data from “expensive” storage to a “retention” platform. Archiving is not the same as backup or snapshots. A successful storage archive model is built upon a set of policy and management tools. Examples of these include:

  • Rules for selecting and migrating data from production to retention storage
  • Rules for applying data management services (security, WORM, replication, etc)
  • Rules for deleting data

OST is highly focused on working with healthcare customers to architect storage for medical archiving solutions.  OST seeks to provide a secure long term medical archiving system for medical fixed content, allowing customers to grow over time with true hardware obsolescence protection. Our team will works with healthcare customers to architect a solution that will archive medical records while enabling healthcare customers to facilitate compliance with regulations that govern access to patient data, as well as security, privacy and data portability. Our goal is to provide the technology that will be an excellent solution for PACS (Picture Archive Communication System) and EHR (Electronic Health Record). Both of these applications produce data that can be characterized as fixed content, with very long retention periods.