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January 2018, Vol. 6, No. 1

Medical image storage sharpens focus on precise patient care

Personal photos in an album can conjure up all sorts of memories and emotions. Then there are personal photos of another kind that can mean the difference between life and death. In healthcare, clinical images of patients are critical to proper diagnosis and treatment. Once placed in envelopes and stored on metal shelves, those images -- be they X-rays, CT scans or MRIs -- now come in digital formats and have proliferated to the point where on-premises storage is cumbersome and inefficient. Hospital CIOs see the cloud as the answer to medical image storage and improved patient care by providing doctors with quick and ready access to medical images.

In the January issue of Pulse, our editor's letter takes that capability one step further, allowing IT pros to perform medical image analytics that can add a whole new dimension to population health management and precision medicine. Along those lines, our cover story examines the growing healthcare trend of vacating the premises … but not entirely. Security, privacy and control issues have prevented CIOs from going fully to the cloud. Instead, they're opting for hybrid cloud architectures. In another feature, we stress the importance of readily accessible and well-organized medical image storage in the cloud to make analytics performance more efficient and better at determining patient outcomes for individuals and large populations.

Also in this issue, we highlight the benefits of using a hybrid cloud storage approach to mine and analyze vast amounts of critical data from those images. Beneficial features include security, file activity monitoring, data loss prevention, data mining, disaster recovery, storage bursting, tiering, testing and cost controls.

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