KishHealth System Chooses HP Converged Storage to Speed Delivery of Medical Records

Wed Jan 23, 2013 7:45am EST

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  PALO ALTO, CA, Jan 23 (Marketwire) -- 
HP (NYSE: HPQ) today announced that KishHealth System, a community health
provider, has selected HP Converged Storage to improve patient care by
accelerating medical record delivery.

    DeKalb, Ill.-based KishHealth System provides outpatient services in 13
facilities across Northern Illinois. To speed medical record delivery and
eliminate hand-written errors, KishHealth wanted to transition from hard
copy to digital records. This required a scalable platform that could
support the capacity demands for storing medical images on its Agfa
Picture Archiving and Communication System (PACS). KishHealth also sought
to increase data center performance to improve response time of its
MEDITECH electronic medical records (EMR) system.

    Upgrading its infrastructure with HP 3PAR StoreServ Storage, HP StoreOnce
Backup and HP StoreAll Storage has enabled KishHealth to increase
performance, capacity utilization and availability for medical records
and imaging applications while simplifying IT administration.

    "To ensure the highest-quality patient care, KishHealth needed a storage
platform capable of maintaining maximum performance while scaling to
accommodate our expanding digital medical records and communication
requirements," said Patrick Yonke, senior systems administrator,
KishHealth System. "HP Converged Storage meets KishHealth's long-term
capacity needs while improving workflow quality and efficiency to ensure
our patients don't have to wait for quality care."

    HP Converged Storage, a key component of HP Converged Infrastructure,
integrates scale-out federated software with standardized hardware
platforms that leverage proven HP technology, enabling KishHealth to:

--  Accelerate patient medical record routing to more than 250 physicians
    and 1,300 employees via HP 3PAR StoreServ Storage, which improved
    KishHealth's MEDITECH EMR system response time 60 percent.
--  Increase workflow productivity with HP StoreOnce Backup deduplication
    combined with HP partner BridgeHead's Integrated Serverless Backup,
    which improved system performance and application availability by
    reducing EMR data backup time from six hours to just minutes.
--  Lower data center total cost of ownership with HP StoreOnce Backup and
    HP 3PAR Thin Provisioning Software. HP StoreOnce Backup reduced
    KishHealth's PACS data storage consumption by 92 percent with
    deduplication capabilities that consolidate data and increase disk
    storage efficiency on the backup system. Thin provisioning maximizes
    capacity utilization, eliminating the healthcare provider's need to
    purchase additional hardware as EMR repository requirements increase.
    Thin provisioning reduced overall storage capacity by 62 percent
    through the creation of a centralized pool of available storage.
--  Improve data center efficiency using the HP 3PAR Management Console,
    which enables KishHealth to administer and optimize storage systems
    via a single window, including remote replication to disaster recovery
    sites, nondisruptive online system upgrades and system performance
--  Increase medical staff productivity though centralized management of
    HP StoreAll Storage, which speeds image retrieval times by increasing
    storage capacity and flexibility while reducing costs for KishHealth's
    Agfa PACS medical imaging data.


KishHealth also transferred its VMware View Client Virtualization
software to the HP 3PAR StoreServ Storage system to better manage its
client environment. This provides improved desktop computer performance
and enhanced data center control along with security of both the EMR and
PACs data with significantly reduced wait times for employees, doctors
and patients.

    "Healthcare institutions seeking to improve patient care can't risk
application performance decline and workflow disruptions with legacy data
centers incapable of meeting digital medical record system capacity
requirements," said Chris Riley, vice president, U.S., Storage, HP. "In
addition to scalability to accommodate future digital record growth, HP
Converged Storage delivers around-the-clock availability and increased
application performance, enabling KishHealth to improve the quality as
well as responsiveness of patient care." 

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