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Medical imaging storage strategies aim for the cloud
This article is part of the Pulse issue of January 2018, Vol. 6, No. 1
As film succumbed to digital technology, medical imaging storage shifted from metal shelves in a nondescript room to servers. Cloud storage of clinical images is the ultimate goal, but healthcare organizations have yet to fully adopt a cloud computing environment and instead are opting for a hybrid cloud approach. Medical imaging technologies have evolved over the years from simply focusing on the volume of images to concentrating on the content and context of an image as well, according to Rasu Shrestha, chief innovation officer at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) in Pennsylvania. "We're really looking at what I call the value wars," Shrestha said. "We're looking at moving from volume-based to value-based imaging." That's where the cloud has the potential to provide value by enabling healthcare organizations to execute functions that are easier to do by the cloud or too expensive to do on the premises. Key factors favoring the cloud Although it's not yet prime time for cloud medical imaging storage, several ...
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