Easing the Big Data Storage Challenge in Healthcare

Think about the last time you got an x-ray. For every picture taken of your insides, 0.5MB of data is generated. Your average exam produces approximately 30MB of data. Now, think about more advanced procedures. Mammograms generate 120MB of data, and 3D MRIs produce more than 150MB. And 3D CT scans create more than 1GB of data per exam. According to Enterprise Strategy Group, by 2015 the average hospital will be managing more than 665TB of data. Some will have more. To top it off, these records often have patient lifetime retention requirements, further compounding the challenge of storage in the healthcare space.


One hospital tackling this big data challenge head on with the help of NetApp and its partners is Children’s Hospital Central California. Since its founding in 1952, Children’s Hospital has cared for hundreds of thousands of children. Situated on the bluffs of the San Joaquin River in Madera, California, the state-of-the-art children’s hospital has 348 beds and a medical staff of more than 525 physicians. It is the second-largest children’s hospital in California.


The hospital’s large patient volume and specialist care services create massive amounts of patient data that needs to be stored securely and accessed easily. The hospital turned to NetApp to help it build an agile data infrastructure that could evolve with the hospital’s needs.


“Our cardiologists, and other caregivers devoted to our 40 subspecialties, need immediate access to digital images to effectively diagnose and treat our patients,” said Kirk Larson, vice president and chief information officer for Children’s Hospital Central California. “At the same time, our IT department needs a level of application integration that enables them to provide affordable image sharing and archiving, proactively monitor and maintain systems to ensure ongoing availability, and meet HIPAA compliance.”


NetApp and CDW Healthcare, a participant in the NetApp Partner Program, implemented a storage solution consisting of NetApp FAS6210HA clusters in the primary and disaster recovery data centers that would meet the current and anticipated needs of the hospital.


“Our hospital data is growing at a rate of 25% annually,” continued Larson. “Regardless of which medical systems and services we decide to expand or launch in the next few years, our NetApp storage solution will grow with us, given its scalability.”


Innovative solutions like this and an approach to partnering with the leaders in healthcare earned NetApp a Top 100 ranking in the prestigious Healthcare Informatics 100. The 20-year annual listing provides the healthcare community with an overview of the top 100 vendors by revenue in the healthcare IT market.


“When we invested in NetApp storage, we invested in a strategic partnership,” added Larson. “The NetApp team takes a consultative approach to the sales and implementation processes, but their commitment to Children’s Hospital doesn’t stop there. NetApp and CDW Healthcare deliver vital support that helps us dynamically align our storage solution with the needs of our physicians, nurses, administrators, staff, and patients.”


Thanks, Kirk. NetApp is committed to improving healthcare delivery and quality through technology. More than 3,000 healthcare organizations build their most critical applications on NetApp. Will yours be the next one?


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