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3 December 2008

It will provide healthcare and research firms with complete and timely access to critical imaging and diagnostic information at the point of care
IBM has unveiled a powerful new combination of advanced imaging and information archiving technologies that provides healthcare and research organisations with complete and timely access to critical imaging and diagnostic information at the point of care–regardless of the source, age or location of the information.

IBM’s new Healthcare Image and Information Grid (HIIG) framework is built on open standards and enables physicians to make better decisions based on more complete information at the precise moment it is needed for a patient’s care.

It would meet the current enterprise imaging environment requirement that has escalated demand for a scalable archive environment, robust imaging application architecture and the ability to access image studies base on a patient–centered view of data.

IBM’s new solution addresses healthcare–delivery organisations challenges to fully integrate emerging technologies with their diverse, existing systems to improve patient care.

HIIG is a services–oriented solution built on open standards and interoperable services that provides healthcare organisations with integrated tools as well as a roadmap for the development of enterprise–wide image enabled medical archives.

The solution is built on IBM’s virtualised and automated Grid Medical Archive Solution (GMAS) used to protect and share critical medical and research data.

It would help HIIG to manage and store huge amounts of archive data, such as CT scans and mammograms, which are generally written only once and rarely updated but must be frequently accessed.

“This solution will enable an integrated view of patient documents and images across the enterprise to be accessed in real time at the point of care,” IBM Healthcare and Life Sciences General Manager Dan Pelino said.

Through the HIIG, IBM was committed to offering the right tools, solutions and services to transform healthcare systems and create more value–focused healthcare, Pelino said.

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